t is with
the greatest of pride, and also humility, that I write this message on
the celebration of our 75th Anniversary.
Proud in the fact that I am fortunate
in being the President of our Congregation during this very important
year in our history, but humble in the knowledge that the continued
strength and success of this congregation is due to the efforts of
others, who over the past 75 years have dedicated much of their time and
energy to build the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation into one of the
finest congregations in this country.
Whilst there are very few, if indeed
any of us, who are direct descendents of the actual founders of the
congregation, each and every member can be proud to count themselves as
a direct heir of that devoted few who had the foresight to create, under
difficult circumstances and financial problems, a small congregation
which has blossomed to some 700 members, and still growing rapidly.
There is no doubt a great warmth about
our congregation, and a friendliness about our members who, in the main,
have come to live in Bournemouth from various communities in the
Provinces, London, and several from other parts of the globe. All
appear to settle down in- a short space of time, and integrate through
the many and varied activities and interests that form part of our
Our services in the Synagogue are, I
consider, second to none, and this is confirmed by the congratulatory
comments that are made to myself and my colleagues in the box by
visitors after every service, and I would personally take this
opportunity of thanking all our officials for their very sterling
efforts in this direction.
Mr. Monty Weinberg, our long serving
Secretary/Administrator, has spent much time, energy and thought on our
anniversary celebrations, particularly on the Exhibition arrangements,
seeking from many and varied sources, interesting and historic
information and press cuttings, and I thank him. I also thank Mrs.
Ruth Winston-Fox for allowing us to display her
"Jewish Way of Life" Exhibition for our
celebration, and for her boundless energy on her many visits to
Bournemouth, and to Mr. Cyril Galkoff and his Exhibition Committee for
their untiring efforts in what will be one of the most significant
displays ever put on in Bournemouth by Bournemouth Jewry. I wish
to thank Mr. Sam Marks, Mr. John Kasmir, Mr. Lewis Cosky, and of course
all the advertisers for helping to produce this fine Souvenir Brochure,
and finally all the members of my Functions Committee for organising
this evenings dinner at the Town Hall.
Finally, I can only pray that during
my term of office, and that of future leaders of the congregation, that
we continue to expand and prosper and that over the years we will all
see The Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation grow from strength to strength.