I am happy to extend my
warmest greetings to the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation, now
celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Bournemouth occupies a special place in the
affections of Anglo-Jewry. It is not only famous as a holiday
resort with all the necessary amenities for observant Jews, but it has
become recognised as one of the active and growing kehillot of
In this, your synagogue has played a major role.
You have promoted interest in all aspects of current Jewish endeavour
and concern. In addition to education and all traditional synagogue
activities, you have included work on behalf of Soviet Jewry,
participation in defence, active membership of the Board of Deputies and
promotion and maintenance of a full range of welfare institutions.
It would be hard to find other communities of similar
size who have such a proud record not only in terms of past history but
also in future prospects. For you have the good fortune to be able
to look back on your achievements since your inception, and you can also
look forward to sustained interest by your children and youth.
I would also like to pay personal tribute to Rabbi
Silberg and all your spiritual leaders through the decades who have
guided and inspired your members. I would also like to
congratulate your wardens and honorary officers who conduct the affairs
of the community so ably and devotedly. Finally, to all your members and
all associated with your synagogue I offer my greetings and my blessings
for their good health and wellbeing, imbued with a spirit of Torah and
Jewish learning, strengthened by loyal adherence to the sacred
traditions of our people.