Breakaway planning

By Cathy Forman, December 3, 2009

The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has agreed a framework for its future direction.
From January, the Southern Reform Community will be running alternate weekly Shabbat morning and evening services in homes of supporters. “We are going to see how it goes,” said Janet Gee, a member of the breakaway group and a former Bournemouth Reform chair.

At a planning meeting, 40 people discussed affiliation to the Reform movement, hiring premises for services, burial rights and how to build up the congregation. Mrs Gee added that for the group to thrive, “it needs to attract younger families”.

The group now has a communications team and a website and has begun fundraising for a sefer Torah.

Last updated: 4:14pm, December 3 2009