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".


Bournemouth synagogue rejected as 'listed building'

By Corinne Rein, April 15, 2010

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation leaders have welcomed the decision of Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw to reject an application from English Heritage for the shul complex to be given listed status.

The shul had opposed the listing, which would have complicated the sale of the town centre premises, described as a "last gasp of red-brick seaside orientalism" by the Jewish Heritage in England guide.


Bournemouth breakaway group change name

By Cathy Forman, February 11, 2010

The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has changed its name.

Originally known as the Southern Reform Community, it is now called the Southern Jewish Community.

“Our name has had to be changed to comply with a request from the Movement for Reform Judaism,” explained group member David Sheaf. “They felt that having ‘Reform’ in our name might lead people to think we are already affiliated. This we considered a reasonable request.” However, the group still hoped to affiliate to Reform.


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