Uncle Bernie

Shabbat Children’s Service

Uncle Bernie’s Children’s Service has become an institution among both the members of the  Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and the many visitors that come to Bournemouth on their holidays each year.  For over 21 years, Uncle Bernie has been taking the children out of the service during the Haftorah and entertaining them with their own unique service that cannot be compared with any other children’s service anywhere in the world.  They have stories, davening, tehillim and goodies to eat.  After the service, they come into shul with Uncle Bernie and stand on the bima for the final part of the service, so not only do they have their own service, but they take part in the main service too.

The impact that he has had on the children who have passed through his care was summed up by a country member recently who said that her son, who was Bar Mitzvah this year, will always have fond memories of his summers in Bournemouth, and his attendances in the Children’s Service in Bournemouth played a very important part in the development of his love for Judaism.