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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

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