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.


Police learn about Judaism

June 13, 2008

The CST publication A Police Officer’s Guide to Judaism prompted Dorset Police to inquire how it could develop its links with the community. Around 40 police officers attended a meeting at Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation where they questioned a panel made up of rabbis Adrian Jesner, Neal Amswych, Jenny Goldfried Amswych and Yossi Alperowitz about Judaism.


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.


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.


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.


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.