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A Twinned Shabbat: Birmingham & Bournemouth

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Plans are already in the works for another joint Shabbaton after a highly successful visit to Bournemouth by the Singers Hill (Birmingham Hebrew Congregation) community. The Birmingham contingent had plenty of opportunities to get to know their twin community, with the two groups joining for services, meals and study sessions. An immersive Shabbat experience away from the bustle of daily life allowed many to keep Shabbat who would not normally do so, and provided a relaxed space in which new friendships were formed.

Evaluation from Rabbi Yossi Jacobs:

‘The twinning of the two BHC’s went down really well and now Bournemouth are planning a return trip to visit us. To be away from Birmingham gave everyone the opportunity to strengthen friendships and relationships and community spirit. The sense of friendship and community spirit could be felt very strongly throughout the weekend.’

Participant Feedback:

  • ‘A wonderful weekend where we were able to increase our sense of community. We got to know members of our own community better, plus gained an introduction to the very warm and welcoming Bournemouth community.’
  • ‘A weekend away in the company of friends and our young and enthusiastic Rabbi and his lovely family who reach out to their congregants so that they can enjoy their religion at all levels.’