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".
Historian - Simon Schama - A live link to his lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration - 1/11/2017
All members of the local community are invited to a live link to Simon Schama's lecture on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on the 1st November 2017.
Doors open at 7.30pm at the Menorah Suite, BHC and the live showing begins at 8pm.
For any further information, please contact BHC - 01202 557443
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