Bradford’s religions unite


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Earlier this year, the Asian Express broke the news about how Bradford’s diverse religious community had come together to save a historic place of worship and now, almost 12 months on, the story has gone viral.

The Bradford Reform Synagogue had looked like closing its doors for good after damage to the roof required more than £100,000 to repair, a sum which the Jewish worshippers could not raise single-handedly.

Step in the Islamic community, which outnumbers their Jewish counterparts by more than 400 to one in Bradford, to help with the fundraising efforts.

Now, the Synagogue has a prosperous future ahead of it, with £103,000 recently secured in grant money for restoration costs.

FRIENDS: Zulfi Karim, Secretary of Bradford Council of Mosques, and Rudi Leavor, chairman of the Bradford Reform Synagogue, have been building up interfaith relations over the past 12 months

FRIENDS: Zulfi Karim, Secretary of Bradford Council of Mosques, and Rudi Leavor, chairman of the Bradford Reform Synagogue, have been building up interfaith relations over the past 12 months

It is a story which has seen religions unite and share in some of the most significant traditions in each other’s faiths. Jewish, Christian and Islamic leaders, as well as politicians and civic leaders have all united for a Jewish Oneg, the breaking of fast during Ramadan, and a harvest supper over the past six months as interfaith dialogue takes centre stage in the city.

It is a story which represents the real Bradford, one which has gone on to make headlines all around the world, and one which has helped build a community to be proud of.

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