Break­away group finds South­ern com­fort

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY CATHYFORMAN

THE BREAK­AWAY group from Bournemouth Re­form Syn­a­gogue has given it­self a ti­tle — the South­ern Re­form Com­mu­nity.

Over 80 peo­ple sup­ported the group’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kip­pur ser­vices at the lo­cal Car­ring­ton Ho­tel. “The at­mos­phere was amaz­ing,” re­port­ed­formerBournemouthRe­form of­fi­cer Me­lanie Smith. “Many agreed it was the best set of High Holy-Day ser­vices they had at­tended for years.”

Hav­ing held a meet­ing to dis­cuss the way for­ward, the group is or­gan­is­ing a pro­gramme of monthly ser­vices for Shab­bat. It also plans a Chanu­cah par- ty and to fundraise for a To­rah scroll. A web­site is un­der construction.

“It is early days,” Mrs Smith stressed. “We want to de­cide where we are go­ing, but a for­mal ap­proach may well be made to the Re­form move­ment ear- ly next year to con­sider af­fil­i­a­tion.”

An­other SRC or­gan­iser, Jef­frey Sheaf, de­scribed the break­away group as a “loose con­nec­tion of like-minded peo­ple. We are run­ning com­mu­nity-led ser­vices that we hope to build on.”

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