Cast boost for Bradford Reform

The first tranche of a £109,000 lottery grant for the historic Bradford Reform Synagogue has arrived with plans afoot to turn the Grade II listed building into a Jewish museum.

The Moorish Victorian synagogue needs £100,000 to repair its leaking roof and damaged guttering, as well as modernise kitchens, toilets and provide wheelchair access.

A beacon of Muslim-Jewish relations, the shul has already received £1,500 from local businessman Khalid Pervaiz, who came to the rescue after leaking water threatened the building.

Last week saw the first £7,000 of Lottery money to address the most critical roof work to the Bowland Street site, which opened in 1880, and continues to house monthly prayer services. Further funds are to be released once architects have planned the larger refurbishments.

Synagogue chair Rudi Leavor said plans may also include opening the building to the public as a museum.

Last updated: 12:30pm, January 6 2014