Motor man driving Bournemouth shul

By Corinne Rein, November 5, 2009

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.


Masorti gets a foothold by the sea

By Corinne Rein, October 22, 2009

A new Masorti group in Bournemouth has held its first services in the homes of supporters.

Around 30 people attended a service last Friday night and a weekly programme is envisaged, alternating between erev Shabbat and Shabbat gatherings.

Another event saw senior Masorti rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg address potential supporters at a local hotel on “Being a Masorti Jew”. His talk prompted a lively question-and-answer session.


Breakaway group finds Southern comfort

By Cathy Forman, October 8, 2009

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.”


Bournemouth breakway group attracts growing numbers

By Corinne Rein, September 24, 2009

The breakaway movement from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue attracted more than 80 people to a Rosh Hashanah service at the Carrington House Hotel.

The service was led by former BRS council member Michael Zeffertt. “The spirit of those attending was first class,” he said.

Former BRS treasurer David Dewell said he was “very sad that there was a breakaway service taking place. But the service greatly exceeded our expectations.”


Bournemouth Reform split deepens

September 17, 2009

A special meeting of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has failed to avert a breakaway by members dissatisfied with the shul’s direction.


Bournemouth Reform faces breakaway

By Cathy Forman, September 10, 2009

Bournemouth Reform Synagogue is holding a special general meeting on Sunday in an effort to stave off the threat of a breakaway group within the 500-strong community.

Disaffected members cite concern at the shul’s financial management, infighting among the synagogue council and unhappiness with minister, Rabbi Neal Amswych. It is claimed that 70 people are prepared to support alternative High Holy-Day services at the town’s Carrington House Hotel for members who do not want to attend the synagogue.


BBQs in Bournemouth

May 21, 2009

Bournemouth Reform Synagogue held its first Lag B’Omer barbecue, which was organised by the shul’s Chag Sameach committee. Complete with bonfire and sparklers, the event, which was held at the home of Stephanie and Victor Knifeld, was attended by 35 people.

A barbecue organised by Rabbi Adrian Jesner and the ladies guild together with the Shulaid committee of Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation attracted 100 people to the home of Howard and Corinne Rein.


170 attend Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation's communal Simchat Torah lunch

November 6, 2008

Some 170 people attended Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation's communal Simchat Torah lunch. The chatanim were Rabbi Adrian Jesner and Brian Lassman, the neshei chayil Katarina Webb and Mandy Glazer, and the junior honorees Charles Graham, Daniel Sharland, Leonie Glazer and Eden Igla. The lunch was also an opportunity for the community to say farewell to its chazan, Reverend Meir Lev and his wife, Carol. Shul president, Harvey Lipsith, thanked him for his dedicated assistance for the past three and a half years.


Sebastian Zaidman, 14, wins accolades at Bournemouth Festival for second time

July 22, 2008

For the second year Sebastian Zaidman, 14, has won accolades at Bournemouth Festival. Singing Fly me to the Moon, the Bournemouth School pupil won the James Ridgeway memorial award for boys below 17 and was awarded the Ben Hartwell Trophy for the singer showing the most promise. His parents, Nicolette and Marc, members of Bournemouth Reform, said they were thrilled as this is the third year the family name has been engraved on the trophy - it was awarded to his sister, Brooke, in 2006.


Children have first Shabbaton at Normandie Hotel

June 20, 2008
Thirty two children from Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary’s Year Six took part in their first Shabbaton at the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth. Led by teachers Chani Salamon and Rabbi Moshe Feldman, the children’s activities included lessons on the sedrah of the week and chumash. Other activities included ski bobbing, water rides, seawater paddling and a barbeque on the beach.