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Bournemouth Chabad Officially Opens with Torah Scroll Dedication

Friday, 11 September, 2009 - 6:48 am

xOEX3184370.jpgChabad of Bournemouth has officially opened its new centre with 150 people turning out for the dedication of a new Torah scroll.

After three years of holding services in rented accommodation while searching for suitable premises, followed by sixteen months of planning and a million pound construction project, the new Chabad centre’s doors opened to Bournemouth's Jewish community earlier this year.

"We have been running the new centre now for some months, so we were eager bourn1.JPGto have an official opening," said Rabbi Yossi Alperowitz who directs Chabad of Bournemouth with his wife Chanie.

The donation and dedication of a new Torah scroll by Maurice and Helen Kaye in honour of their 75th wedding anniversary was combined with the official opening, providing a focal point for the city's 5,000 strong Jewish community.

The centre was officially opened by Rabbi Nachman Sudak (pictured right), head emissary to the United Kingdom, with the unveiling of a plaque.

Speaking to the crowd, Rabbi Alperowitz explained the significance of combing bourn2.JPGthe two events: "Just as a Chabad House is open to every Jew, so is a Torah scroll."

The new centre, with a well stocked library, accommodates Shabbat and daily services, adult educational classes, children's classes, and a host of programs and activities for the youth and elderly. A well equipped commercial kitchen will provide kosher catering services, further enhancing Jewish life in Bournemouth.

"It has already brought new life and excitement to the community," says Mrs. Alperowitz.

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