Why Brad­ford is such a good am­bas­sador

Tour guide Nigel Griz­zard takes us on a Jewish Her­itage trip to the city

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

RADFORD WAS in the s p o t l i g h t r e c e n t l y when the Is­rael’s UK Am­bas­sador, Daniel Taub, popped over to the York­shire city at the in­vi­ta­tion of com­mu­nity mem­bers.

He spent most of his time chat­ting to faith and civic lead­ers. But had he had more time to ex­plore, he would have found that the city has a sub­stan­tial Jewish her­itage — in­clud­ing four may­ors between 1864 and 1984.

Near the city cen­tre is the his­toric Mer­chant Quar­ter, Lit­tle Ger­many, with one of the largest col­lec­tions of his­toric ware­houses in Bri­tain.

Many of th­ese were built for Ger­man Jewish mer­chants in the 1870s who came to Brad­ford to make the city the Wool Cap­i­tal of the World. On Peck­over Street is Mer­chant’s House, once the head­quar­ters of Moser and Edel­stein. Phi­lan­thropist Ja­cob Moser, was Lord Mayor of Brad­ford and a founder of the Her­zliya Gym­na­sia, the first He­brew High School in Tel Aviv.

His part­ner, Vic­tor Edel­stein, was Ger­man Con­sul in Brad­ford and a mem­ber of the Ilk­ley Bridge Com­pany where his name is listed on the plaque in Ilk­ley where the bridge crosses the River Wharfe.

Around the cor­ner on East Pa­rade, the name of S L Behrens can be seen in the iron­work.

Ja­cobUnna,ana­tiveof Ham­bur­gand founder mem­ber of Brad­ford’s Cham­ber of Com­merce in 1851 was Behren’s man­ager, and among his de­scen­dants, was Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Off Man­ning­ham Lane, a mile from the city cen­tre, there is the site of the first Ortho­dox Sy­n­a­gogue in the city in Spring Gar­dens, in use as a sy­n­a­gogue from 1906 -1970, now an Is­lamic Pri­mary School.

In Bow­land Street is the Brad­ford Sy­n­a­gogue, a fine Moor­ish-de­signed struc­ture, opened in 1881 and still in use.

The Grade II listed build­ing, is counted as one of the top ten his­toric UK syn­a­gogues by Jewish Her­itage.

Fur­ther into the sub­urb of Man­ning­ham there are the his­toric vil­las of the Ger­man Jewish mer­chants, the for­mer Kin­der­trans­porte Hos­tel at Park­field Road and the wind­ing street of Heaton Grove with its unique col­lec­tion of in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed houses.

Four miles from the cen­tre is the sub­urb of Sal­taire with the enor­mous Salt’s Mill.

Bought in 1986 as an empty build­ing by the Brad­ford-born en­tre­pre­neur, the late Jonathan Sil­ver, the mill hosts the 1853 Hock­ney Art Gallery, an ex­hi­bi­tion about his life and many other fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hibits, to­gether with Salt’s Diner, a well known eaterie and meet­ing place.

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Daniel Taub in Brad­ford last week

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