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Change, by its very nature, causes mixed reactions

This is Bristol
30th October 2012

LEADERSHIP change is currently all the rage. In the US, the Presidential race looks like a close call; in Latin America, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is fighting to retain his Presidency and China's Communist Party will soon see the five-yearly re-shuffle of its ruling cadre.

Here in Bristol, we will shortly be electing a new Mayor and a new Police Commissioner; both firsts for the region. The impact of establishing new, or changing existing, structures, should never be underestimated, even for those that don't (or can't) participate in the electoral process itself. Change, by its very nature, causes mixed reactions in individuals and communities. Some embrace it, others fear it.

So it is that the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Community also faces a time of change. Next weekend will see the inauguration of its new Rabbi, Monique Mayer, at a special ceremony in the community's synagogue in Easton. As well as community members, attendees will include other religious, community and legislative leaders from across Bristol and the South West.  Read more