Former Lib Dem MP David Ward in clash over antisemitism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 13, 2016

The former MP and current Liberal Democrat councillor, David Ward, was embroiled in a fresh row over antisemitism last night.

Cllr Ward and Conservative group leader Cllr Simon Cooke exchanged heated comments in the Bradford City Hall council chamber, during a debate which concentrated on the aftermath of the Brexit vote.


Bardford's beacon of hope

January 29, 2015

At a time when there is so much suspicion and worry, it is heartening to be able to report that the newest member of one synagogue committee is the very embodiment of interfaith dialogue — a Muslim. And in a city, Bradford, which has two of the most divisive and nasty MPs in the land: George Galloway and David Ward. Jani Rashid is believed to be the first ever Muslim shul committee member.


Interfaith boost as Bradford Synagogue recruits Muslim

By Rosa Doherty, January 28, 2015

A synagogue in Bradford has co-opted a Muslim representative to sit on its ruling body.

It is believed to be the first time a Muslim has held such a role.

Jani Rashid has joined the council of Bradford Reform Synagogue and will help make decisions about the day-to-day running of the building.


Few left to fight in Galloway's Bradford

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2013

If Rudi Leavor has a concern, he won't go to his local MP. A constituent of George Galloway in Bradford West, he is resigned to incidents such as the Respect leader storming out of a debate with an Israeli.

"That's Galloway, unfortunately," said Mr Leavor, chairman of Bradford Reform Synagogue, who speaks instead to nearby MP Kris Hopkins.


Bradford synagogue closes

By John Fisher, November 16, 2012

Close on 200 people attended the final service at Bradford Synagogue, bringing a 106-year history to an end.

The service was conducted by Carl Evans, who led the congregation in a rendition of Adon Olam sung to the tune of We’ll Meet Again.


Mature students find new flavour for Jewish life

By Katie Taylor, November 4, 2010

A new society for Jewish postgraduates and mature students has been set up in Yorkshire.

Leeds students Michael Kay and Kate Sutton, along with Julia Doff from Manchester University, set up the Jewish Postgraduate society (JPG) last month.

"We want to provide a different flavour from the usual JSoc events," said Michael, 23, who is studying for a PhD in the history of science.

"We aren't the first to try this. UJS did something similar years ago, but there wasn't much interest – possibly because there weren't so many students.


Bradford makes most of Yorkshire's oldest shul

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2010

Bradford Reform can boast an architecturally extravagant synagogue, but there is nothing outlandish about its expenditure.

Saved from closure by a £5,000 heritage grant last year, the small community leads a hand-to-mouth existence, reliant on the support of outside donors.

"Every day there are tiny little miracles," says fundraising manager Rachel Yosef. "We have people who come to us out of the blue with donations. But it's never easy. This place has been on the point of shutting down since it was built."


Struggling Bradford Reform set to sell listed synagogue

May 21, 2009

The 35-member Bradford Reform congregation is poised to sell its Victorian synagogue, which was recently upgraded to Grade ll* listed status.

According to joint chairman Rudi Leavor, “the future of the synagogue is in jeopardy” and will be decided at an EGM on June 22.
“We have very few members now and the expenses are just the same. There are not enough people to maintain the synagogue as a going concern.”
The shul’s council backed the sale at a meeting this week on the grounds of a declining community and lack of funds.