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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.