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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