It’s bleak for Brad­ford shul

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

BRAD­FORD HE­BREW Con­gre­ga­tion is on the verge of clo­sure through lack of num­bers.

The Ortho­dox syn­a­gogue opened in 1906 and en­joyed a mem­ber­ship peak in the 1950s.

How­ever, as Jewish fam­i­lies left the area, mem­ber­ship de­clined to 86 in 1999. To­day there are just 17 men.

Syn­a­gogue chair­man Al­bert Wax­man ac­knowl­edged the pos­si­bil­ity of clo­sure.

“We are very short of peo­ple. We are not sell­ing the syn­a­gogue. The laws of our con­gre­ga­tion are that we have to call an EGM to get the okay to sell. We have a very long his­tory but we have now no chil­dren in the com­mu­nity. They have moved to Leeds, Manch­ester and London.

“Our build­ing holds around 200 peo­ple but we only have a ser­vice once a month. We have about five mem­bers who at­tend and we are sup­ported by non-mem­bers.” Its clo­sure would leave a lo­cal Re­form con­gre­ga­tion, whose 35 mem­bers have man­aged to keep it go­ing with out­side fi­nan­cial sup­port.

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