BOURNEMOUTH’S ‘DYS­FUNC­TIONAL’ COM­MU­NITY

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

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

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