Bournemouth: A calm exterior but fears over an ageing populace

By Barry Toberman, April 14, 2016

If subscribing to the adage that age is relative, Bournemouth is your poster community. Jewish leaders talk of 75 as "not old" and the local representative council chairman describes himself as "just a baby" at 51.


Israel supporters forced to leave trade union festival over safety fears

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2015

Pro-Israel activists were forced to pack up their stand at a trade union event in Bournemouth after being harassed by supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Members of the Bournemouth Action for Israel (Bafi) grassroots group have claimed that their stand was defaced and they were verbally abused by PSC supporters at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ festival last weekend.


Chief Rabbi: yes, sea air has its health benefits

By Corinne Rein, May 28, 2015

Ephraim Mirvis was impressed with the healthy lifestyle of some members of the Bournemouth community when on his first visit to the town since becoming Chief Rabbi.

Hannah Levy House care home was his first engagement where, while chatting to residents with his wife, Valerie, he was introduced to Fay Taylor, who had recently celebrated her 100th birthday.


Chabad sees opening for coastal kosher hotel

By Cathy Forman, February 26, 2015

Bournemouth Chabad is opening a kosher hotel in the town next month.

Located on East Cliff in the heart of the Jewish community, the Water Garden Hotel will have 24 ensuite rooms and a kitchen catering for up to 50 people. Rabbi Yossie and Chanie Alperowitz will provide kashrut supervision.


Bournemouth shul's search for site hits 'dead end'

January 2, 2015

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation’s leaders called a special general meeting to discuss the sale of its 110-year-old town centre synagogue and relocation to new premises.

More than 100 members expressed their views about Wootton Gardens having become unsuitable as it requires modernisation, is in the “wrong” neighbourhood and in need of repairs.


Love? Actually, they've been married 80 years

By Michael Freedland, August 28, 2014

When Helen and Maurice Kaye married at the old Borough Synagogue in south London, Britain was in the grip of the Depression, Edward Prince of Wales was beginning his dalliance with Wallis Simpson and Oswald Mosley was filling arenas with supporters of his British Union of Fascists.


On his way to Sante Fe

October 14, 2013

Rabbi Neil Amswych is to leave Bournemouth Reform Synagogue next spring to become minister of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Great-gran drops in for charity

By Corinne Rein, November 26, 2012

With her 88th birthday coming up, Poole great-grandma Helen Woolf felt it was time to show her appreciation to the About Face charity for helping her cope with skin cancer for 13 years.

Setting her sights way above the standard’s octogenarian’s fundraiser, she opted to skydive from a height of 10,000 feet at the Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury.


On parade to remember the lives that were lost

November 17, 2011

Many communities took part in Remembrance Day services to pay their respects to fallen soldiers.

A service in Radlett, conducted by Rabbi Leo Dee of Radlett Synagogue, Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform and Reverend William Hogg of Christ Church, drew a crowd of 800 people, among them teenagers from Radlett United's Tribe Challenge course.


Welfare group launch

By Corinne Rein, October 19, 2011

A social services group offering support to vulnerable members of the Bournemouth community has been started by volunteers Pat Cravitz, Josie Lipsith, Marcia Goodman and Liz Harris.

Bournemouth and District Social Services will help residents to access local social services and will give emotional support to those in need.

Sixty people attended a fundraising launch event at the home of Josie