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Putting your local Jewish history on the map: the Bradford experience.
November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm£3 - £6
Bradford in West Yorkshire started attracting Jews as residents as the City’s Wool Trade grew in the 1830s. The community grew as many migrants first from Germany and then from Russia made their homes in Bradford. In 1881 the first synagogue was opened in Bowland Street built by the German Jewish merchants and in 1906 the first Orthodox synagogue was opened. The Bowland Street Synagogue was awarded a grant of £50,000 in 2011 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project entitled ‘Making their Mark’ looking at the roles of Jews in the building of Bradford. The project successfully concluded in 2013, but the work still carries on, helping people trace their family histories, taking tourists round Bradford and acting as a resource for those interested in Jews and Bradford. The talk will look at what was achieved in Bradford and more important lessons for other Jewish Community Projects.
Nigel Grizzard was born in London and moved North to work in Bradford as a Policy Maker for the City Council. Over many years he has been involved with many Jewish Heritage projects in Yorkshire. These include running Jewish Heritage trails in Yorkshire, lecturing in the UK, Canada and Israel on Jewish Heritage themes. He currently is involved with a project to document the rescue of the Adeni Jewish community by the British in 1967 and their resettlement in Stamford Hill.
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