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The town of Halifax now forms part of borough of Calderdale, which was a metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire in the North of England. Calderdale was formed in 1974 from the merger of the county borough of Halifax with a number of neighbouring local authorities, all of which had been part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1986, Calderdale became a unitary authority when West Yorkshire lost its administrative status and became purely a ceremonial county. Halifax (population about 82,000) had been a county borough since 1848.
Although there is no record of a synagogue actually having been established in Halifax, the Jewish Year Book 1896 gives the name of Nathaniel Lyons as Secretary of Halifax synagogue. It the time, there was clearly a small Jewish community, the following news item appearing on page 20 of the Jewish Chronicle on 27 September 1895:
In addition, in recent years, the Caldervale Jewish Community Centre has been formed, centred in near-by Hebden Bridge.
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