The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has agreed a framework for its future direction.
From January, the Southern Reform Community will be running alternate weekly Shabbat morning and evening services in homes of supporters. “We are going to see how it goes,” said Janet Gee, a member of the breakaway group and a former Bournemouth Reform chair.
A rabbi who originally worked in the family car dealership in Glasgow is the man to drive Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation forward, Lord Sacks said on Sunday.
Addressing around 400 members and guests at the induction of Rabbi Adrian Jesner, he observed that Rabbi Jesner had passed his road test with flying colours and would lead the community on an enriching journey.
Rabbi Jesner served Glasgow synagogues and Reading Hebrew Congregation before joining the Bournemouth shul in February 2008. He said he and his wife Pamela had been warmly welcomed.
The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has given itself a title — the Southern Reform Community.
Over 80 people supported the group’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the local Carrington Hotel. “The atmosphere was amazing,” reported former Bournemouth Reform officer Melanie Smith. “Many agreed it was the best set of High Holy-Day services they had attended for years.”