Jews by the Seaside: The Jewish Hotels and Guesthouses of Bournemouth by Pam Fox
This book describes the rise and decline of Bournemouth’s Jewish hotels and guest houses within the context of Anglo-Jewish history, the growth of Bournemouth as a premier resort, and the evolution of its Jewish community. It explores the decline and changing nature of Bournemouth’s Jewish holiday trade before examining different aspects of hotel and guest house life—the food, religious activities, and entertainment. It concludes with a detailed analysis of the historical significance and many legacies of the kosher establishments, illuminating the hopes, achievements, and sorrows of generations of British Jews as they attempted to balance the goal of assimilation with the desire for a world of their own. Throughout the book, the focus is on those who ran, staffed, and stayed in the kosher establishments, shedding light on the dynamics of the mainly family-run businesses. Based largely on interviews, the text is replete with humorous and poignant memories and stories that enliven the text.
Year first published: 2021