Ma­sorti gets a foothold by the sea

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY CORINNE REIN

A NEW Ma­sorti group in Bournemouth has held its first ser­vices in the homes of sup­port­ers.

Around 30 peo­ple at­tended a ser­vice last Fri­day night and a weekly pro­gramme is en­vis­aged, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween erev Shab­bat and Shab­bat gath­er­ings.

An­other event saw se­nior Ma­sorti rabbi Jonathan Wit­ten­berg ad­dress po­ten­tial sup­port­ers at a lo­cal ho­tel on “Be­ing a Ma­sorti Jew”. His talk prompted a lively ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion.

Or­gan­is­ers Adrian Yonace and Stephanie Knifeld have been “pleas­antly sur­prised by the re­sponse we have had and by the way it’s pro­gress­ing. The most im­por­tant thing is to get the ser­vice struc­ture in place and that is what we are con­cen­trat­ing on.”

A Novem­ber Shab­ba­ton and a Chanu­cah cel­e­bra­tion are also planned.

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