Bournemouth Reform Synagogue

Bournemouth, Dorset




Page created: 24 February 2006
Latest revision or update: 3 July 2017

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Bournemouth Reform Synagogue

Former  Name:

Bournemouth New Synagogue


53 Christchurch Road, BH1 3PW (POB 8), Bournemouth

Current Status:


Date Formed:





A constituent synagogue of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain)

Breakaway Congregation:

In 2009, a group broke away from this congregation. Initially known as the Southern Reform (later Jewish) Community, it subsequently became the Wessex Liberal Jewish Community. (See Press Reports relating to the breakaway.)




Rev. Charles Berg - 1948 to 1952

Rev. Stanley Solomons - 1953 to 1969

Rabbi Harold Vallins - 1970 to 1972

Rabbi David Soetendorp - 1972 to 2005

Rabbi Neil Amswych - 2005 to June 2014

Rabbi Maurice Michaels (part-time) - October 2014 to present (January 2016)

Marriage Certification:

Group for Certification: West London Synagogue;
Worship Number: 67515;
Registration District: Bournemouth

Membership Data:

1999 - 646 (Board of Deputies Return)


The Congregation generally uses Reform plots at Kinson Cemetery. For details see Bournemouth Jewish Cemetery Information on Bournemouth home page.

Bournemouth Jewish Community home page

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Jewish Congregations in Dorset

Jewish Communities of England home page



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