Recognition for ‘iconic’ building

A BLUE plaque has been unveiled at a landmark place of worship, which later became home to one of the country’s best known dance schools.

Officials from Leeds Civic Trust, the Jewish community and the Chapeltown Heritage Advisory Group gathered at grade II-listed The New Synagogue in Chapeltown, Leeds yesterday. Now the headquarters of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, the neo-Byzantine Chapeltown Road building is among the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Lynda Kitching, chair of Leeds Civic Trust, seen with former president of the United Hebrew Congregation His Honour Ian Dobkin, said: “The Jewish community has played a hugely important part in the cultural and economic life of Leeds for over 150 years. The trust is delighted to be able to help celebrate an iconic building which reminds us of this.” PICTURE: JONATHAN GAWTHORPE

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