Shul-goer hurt in Kenton blast

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2011

A Kenton Synagogue congregant required surgery after being "thrown up into the air" by an exploding manhole cover as he walked home from Shabbat lunch.

Colin Wingate, 74, suffered severe injuries to his right knee when the cover of an electrical junction box on a Kenton side street flew up and severed his tendon.


Reform aims for carbon neutral Judaism

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2011

Reform synagogues are to radically upgrade their green credentials to help the movement towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral.

The Assembly of Reform Rabbis has launched a sustainability plan on 15 key issues, including "food miles", waste, and use of pesticide, organic produce and Fairtrade goods.

Bournemouth Reform's Rabbi Neil Amswych devised the plan to coincide with the launch of the Big Green Jewish Campaign earlier this month.


Sheltered housing plan is revealed

By Corinne Rein, February 3, 2011

Plans for "extra care" Jewish sheltered housing units in Bournemouth have been submitted to the local council.

The application follows five years of discussions and involves a partnership between Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council and the not-for-profit Raglan Housing Association.


Tributes paid to Bournemouth car accident death

By Corinne Rein, October 21, 2010

A long-time member of the Bournemouth community has died following a car accident.

Paula Bright, 77, drove her Rover through a closed communal garage door of the East Cliff apartment block where she lived. The vehicle then smashed into an interior wall.

Mrs Bright was the daughter of the late Rabbi Jonah Indech, a past Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation minister.


Love actually - East Ender and wife mark 76th anniversary

By Corinne Rein, September 28, 2010

Love continues to blossom in Bournemouth for a couple who are celebrating 76 years of marriage.

Helen and Maurice Kaye live independently in an East Cliff apartment. Warsaw-born Mrs Kaye, 97, attributes their lasting union to trust, being on the same wavelength and enjoying each other's company. "Our problems drew us together rather than pushed us apart. No one said it would be a bed of roses."


Couple die in Bournemouth car tragedy

By Robyn Rosen, September 13, 2010

A Jewish couple from north London have died after a car collided with them as they walked along a road on holiday in Bournemouth.

Alan and Rochelle Bernard, members of Northwood United Synagogue, were declared dead at the scene after a silver Mercedes crashed into them at 10.35pm on Banks Road in Sandbanks on Saturday.

The 51 and 53-year-old, who had a holiday home in Bournemouth, had three children, aged between 17 and 27.

Another injured woman was taken to Poole Hospital and has since been released.

A 33-year-old Poole man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences.


Liberal party gains strength in Bournemouth

September 2, 2010

The Wessex Liberal Group in the Bournemouth area has held its first services, led by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich.

"They were a huge success with about 40 people of all ages at each service," reported group member Melanie Smith. And because of the Bournemouth Air Show weekend, "several members couldn't attend as they were hosting family". Rabbi Alan Mann will lead its High Holy Day services.


Branching out for simchahs

By Jay Grenby, August 19, 2010

A Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue member has set up a tree of life to commemorate the many simchahs in the growing herts community.

Leaves can be used by families to mark births, bar- and batmitzvahs, weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations. Former board member Aaron Kaye was inspired by a similar initiative prompted by his father, Larry, at Bournemouth Chabad.


Coast shul wants sea change

By Corinne Rein, August 5, 2010

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation could be on the move after receiving an offer for its Wootton Gardens premises in the town centre.

After the Shabbat service, relocation committee chair Geoffrey Feld told members that "a substantial offer had been received which we are looking upon most favourably".

He could not reveal the prospective buyer, or the price being offered. However, if the sale went ahead, a clause allowing two or three years for the shul to find a replacement site would be included in the contract.


New president of League of Jewish Women

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

The new president of the League of Jewish Women lists her top priority as the organisation's survival over the next 10 years.

Marilyn Brummer, 68, identifies a need for a re-energised membership, but acknowledges that changing women's priorities are making recruitment difficult for a voluntary work organisation.