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.


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Bournemouth breakaway group takes Liberal stance

By Corinne Rein, July 1, 2010

The Southern Jewish Community, established by disaffected Bournemouth Reform congregants, is in discussions with the Liberal movement.

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich addressed 70 people at an open meeting organised by the community at a local hotel. Afterwards, Rabbi Rich spoke to 40 community members, whose spokesman Nat Roseman said they would be pursuing the relationship.

The movement would help in the arranging and conducting of services and with the practical aspects of establishing a Liberal congregation.


Bournemouth synagoue to open kosher shop

By Corinne Rein, May 21, 2010

Kosher provision in Bournemouth is being extended with the opening of a shop on the premises of the local Hebrew congregation.

It offers goods unavailable from supermarket kosher sections. Before Shavuot, for example, customers were able to buy soft cheese for blintzes and cakes and a variety of speciality cheeses and baked items for the festival.

There is also meat and poultry, deli items and confectionery. Run by a team of volunteers,the shop will initially open on Thursdays and on Friday and Sunday mornings.


£2m kosher hotel plan for Bournemouth

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

Social housing chiefs are planning a £2 million strictly kosher hotel in Bournemouth to serve both their clients and holidaymakers.

Agudas Israel Housing Association and the Schonfeld Square Foundation have bid for an existing hotel site in West Cliff, which they intend to refurbish. The resulting three-star establishment will have 33 rooms, a swimming pool, synagogue and kosher kitchen. The hope is to open in the summer.


JLC retracts new Jewish school in Borehamwood

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

An announcement of a new Jewish school opening in Borehamwood in September 2011 has been mysteriously retracted by the Jewish Leadership Council.

Parents in Borehamwood have been campaigning to establish another school because of the oversubscription of Hertsmere Jewish Primary.

An email was circulated on May 3 to those registered with the JLC's findajewishschool website on the subject: "Plans for a new school in Borehamwood for Sep 2011."

It said the JLC "hope to bring news, in the next week or so, of a plan to open a new school in the Borehamwood area for September 2011".