Members of the Community may recall that a few weeks ago BAFI organised the showing of a film called Green Prince in Chabad House. It is a very interesting film telling the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader who became an Israeli spy. After working for Shin Bet for many years he emigrated to the United States and became an American citizen with help from his Israeli handler.
BHC have been contacted by Magen David Adom (MDA) and informed me that they are bringing Mosab over to the UK for speaking engagements in order to raise much needed funds for MDA. They asked BHC whether they would be interested in hosting an evening and they jumped at the chance.
Mosab will be visiting Bournemouth together with people from MDA on October 17th. and the event planned is for a light supper followed by a talk from Mosab and a Q&A session. The doors will open at 7.00 pm, supper at 7.30 followed by the speech and Q&A. The event is planned to finish by 9.30-10.00 pm.
The price will be £15 per person in order to raise funds for Magon David Adom.
This is a unique opportunity to hear Mosab's man’s story first hand.
BHC very much want this event to be cross community and all members of the wider community and its supporters are very welcome. For further information please contact BHC on 01202 557433.
A healthy crowd drawn from all reaches of Bournemouth's Jewish community braved inclement weather conditions on Wednesday 31 January 2018 for the annual Tu Bishvat tree-planting ceremony organised by BJRC. The tree was planted in the grounds of Hannah Levy House, a Jewish care home that has served Bournemouth since 1956. BJRC committee member, Jonathan Kay, conducted the ceremony along with the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Lawrence Williams, who expressed his delight at being a part of the annual event. Rabbi Bentzion Alperowitz explained the significance of Tu Bishvat as the "new year for trees" and added that, like the tree, people must grow to overcome the challenges they face in their daily lives.
Chanukah brought light to Bournemouth's Town Hall on Monday 18 December, as His Worshipful the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth invited a cross-section of the town's Jewry to take part in the annual Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony in the Mayor's Parlour. Chair of BJRC Greg Rubins paid tribute to the Mayor and Mayoress for once again hosting this delightful event and acknowledged that incumbent Mayor, Councillor Lawrence Williams, was in fact instrumental in starting the initiative some years ago. Rabbis from the Reform, Orthodox and Lubavitch communities led attendees in prayer and between them explained the deep meaning behind lighting the Chanukiyah.
Bournemouth got into the spirit of Mitzvah Day on Sunday 19 November with an outpouring of generosity targeted at Bournemouth’s needy and homeless. The reform, orthodox and liberal communities took part in a joint collection of food and other useful items to donate for this worthwhile cause. Elsewhere local children got involved in craft activities, including the making of handmade birthday cards for local nursing home residents. One participant commented that "the community’s enthusiastic participation in these causes demonstrates the collective power of Bournemouth’s Jews to make a significant, positive contribution to the local community".
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