Bournemouth plans new Chabad property

June 13, 2008

Bournemouth Chabad has acquired premises near Lansdowne which it plans to transform into a Chabad house. The premises, which have been empty for several years, were formerly a Post Office.


Home help is honoured

By Corinne Rein, May 30, 2008

Jessica Blooman has been named Bournemouth’s Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her work for local Jewish home Hannah Levy House. Mrs Blooman — a trustee of the home for 15 years — said that “volunteering is part of my life so I don’t expect any reward.

The success of the home is due to the wonderful staff.” The Bournemouth Reform Synagogue congregant moved to the town in 1983 from Berkshire, where she was chief probation officer.


Coffee morning hightlights Emunah mission

May 30, 2008

More than 40 people attended an Emunah coffee morning at the Talbot Woods home of Pearl Dale. A film about Emunah was shown and Mrs Dale spoke to the audience about her recent trip to Israel as part of an Emunah mission. The tour, she said, had shown her the need for Emunah’s facilities, particularly the counselling centre in Sderot, which was hit by a rocket attack less than an hour after the group’s visit. The event raised £350 for Emunah.


Opera night for Bournemouth

By Corinne Rein, May 16, 2008

There was a classical feel to Bournemouth’s cross-communal Yom Atzmaut party with 430 guests filling the newly-refurbished Opera House in Boscombe for the first kosher event at the venue.

And it was a nostalgic night for the town’s mayor, Councillor Anne Filer, who recalled that she had chaired Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council at the time of Israel’s 50th anniversary.

Guests sat down to a meal catered by a large band of helpers organised by Katrina Webb.


Coffee morning launches Jewish Women's Week

May 9, 2008

Around 70 people attended a coffee morning hosted by Rebbetzen Pamela Jesner, to launch Bournemouth Jewish Women’s Week.  Jeannette Goodman, Bournemouth Wizo chairman, introduced Councillor Anne Filer, Mayor of Bournemouth, who opened the event. Retired engineer Irvin Shindler spoke about his admiration for the development of Israel.


Bournemouth's Yom Hashoah commemorations

May 9, 2008

Services were held on Yom Hashoah at Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and Bournemouth Reform Synagogue. At the Orthodox shul, Rabbi Adrian Jesner conducted the service and among those lighting candles were two survivors. At the Reform synagogue, the service was taken by Rabbi Neil Amswych, Walter Kammerling sang songs in Yiddish and candles were lit by survivors and youth madrichim.


Limmud a big draw

By Corinne Rein, April 4, 2008

Topics ranging from the Jewish contribution to photography to the joys of Bibliyoga — accessing spirituality through the body — were covered at this week’s Wessex Regional Limmud in Bournemouth. Co-chaired by Janet Gee and Jonathan Kay, the 30-speaker programme drew more than 340 participants, including Londoners and Liverpudlians.


Earth saviours

March 28, 2008

Following an initiative by Reform rabbis Neal Amswych and Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, Bournemouth Borough Council has become the first UK district council to adopt the Earth Charter. The process to adopt it was initiated almost a year ago after the two rabbis attended an interfaith meeting in the area.