The admirable Jessica Blooman ( Letters, October 2) refers to a powerhungry “clique’’ in Bournemouth Reform Synagogue. Their crime was to have a programme and then be voted on to the council by an election at the April AGM.
On April 26, the day of the AGM, members found a document on our seats advising us that an election could not be held following legal advice relating to a breach of the Data Protection Act by some of the candidates. An election was nonetheless held in difficult circumstances.
At the end of May, the chairman sent out a letter admitting the new council was legitimate and apologising for the confusion and distress that surrounded the AGM and stating that he and the rabbis and council members would work together. Unfortunately, he then took two months’ leave. At a crucial council meeting, our principal rabbi refused to work with the council’s choice of chairman. The old executive and some council members then called for an SGM.
No wonder the community is split. Nathan Roseman, Saxonhurst Road, Bournemouth