BOURNEMOUTH’S ‘DYSFUNCTIONAL’ COMMUNITY
I have been a member of Bournemouth Reform for over 26 years, having belonged to three other Reform communities for 44 years, and there is no way I want to go back to the situation of four years ago ( Letters, September 18). I disliked the synagogue so much then that I hardly ever went in the latter years. Now we have a rabbi who has an opinion that he is not afraid to state and who has brought the synagogue into the 21st century.
No longer are we almost the only Reform synagogue not using the Reform Movement’s prayer-book. We belong to a movement and this surely means we can consider change and going forward even if I personally think we are moving too far to the right.
This whole problem arose following our AGM in the spring when a clique of 10 put forward a manifesto based on their being elected as a council.
This manifesto was circulated to people whose names and addresses they obtained from sources outside the synagogue office. Never before has our synagogue been turned into a political entity. The clique got themselves elected but the disenfranchised found their voice and the council started to disintegrate.
Hence the SGM which we hoped would be the beginning of healing our dysfunctional congregation but instead of conciliation we have escalation. I now appeal to all sincere members of BRS to put their synagogue before any zest for power, to work together to rebuild our community and help it to go forward. Jessica Blooman OBE Athelney Court, Bournemouth