Con­gre­gants sup­port shul move pro­posal

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY MANDY GLAZER BOURNEMOUTH

BOURNEMOUTH HE­BREW Con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers have voted over­whelm­ingly to sup­port a move from premises in Woot­ton Gar­dens which have been home to the syn­a­gogue for 97 years.

Over 200 con­gre­gants at­tended an EGM on the eve of Rosh Hashanah at which syn­a­gogue leaders spoke of the de­sir­abil­ity of find­ing a new build­ing. They high­lighted the ex­pense in­volved in main­tain­ing the cur­rent premises and the prob­lems caused by the syn­a­gogue’s lo­ca­tion at the heart of the town’s nightlife.

Ques­tions from the floor in­cluded whether the re­place­ment syn­a­gogue would in­clude a mikveh and if the plans com­plied with Char­ity Com­mis­sion reg­u­la­tions. Al­though a dis­sent­ing let­ter from life pres­i­dent John Kas­mir was read out, most speak­ers ac­cepted that a move was nec­es­sary.

Fol­low­ing the vote, the ex­ec­u­tive will seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice on the dis­posal of the Woot­ton Gar­dens site and the pur­chase of new premises.

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