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Sussex Jewish Golfing Society

The origins of Sussex Jewish Golfing Society (SJGS) lay in the difficulties which Jewish golfers found in being accepted as members in some of the well-established golf clubs in the area. In 1954 a group of Jewish golfers, mainly from Eastbourne, came together and formed the SJGS.  The founders included Charles Rosengarten, David Kauffman, Jack… Read more »

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The origins of Sussex Jewish Golfing Society (SJGS) lay in the difficulties which Jewish golfers found in being accepted as members in some of the well-established golf clubs in the area.

In 1954 a group of Jewish golfers, mainly from Eastbourne, came together and formed the SJGS.  The founders included Charles Rosengarten, David Kauffman, Jack Simmons, Dr Julius Kelly, Alec Mendelson and Mr Bolsom. A very short time later they were joined by Brighton and Hove Jewish golfers such as Mark Gold, Dr Arthur Curtis, Tony Lewis, Eddie Stockman, Dr Manny Ratner and Danny Ritterband.

In the early days, meetings were held on Sunday afternoons, followed by a tea, with usually twelve golfers participating. The first outings took place at Willingdon Golf Club, Royal Eastbourne and East Brighton. Over the years various cups have been donated, such as the Lewis Cohen Cup presented by Lord Cohen of Brighton.

In 1961, the society took part in its first Glancy Tournament at Moor Allerton in Leeds. The society plays matches regularly against the five London Jewish Clubs. It participates annually in the Glancy Tournament where Jewish golfers get together for a weekend of golf, and has won numerous cups over the years, most notably in 2014, when the Society won three cups. Successful weekends away have also been held, both in England and abroad.

The changing attitudes to Jewish golf are exemplified by those who have been elected as captains at the Dyke Golf Club. Julian Woolfe was the first Jewish captain in 1977 (and President in 2000), followed by Braham Jacobs in 1996 and Gary Epstein in 2010. Lady captains were Rosa Panto in 1986 and Amanda Epstein in 2006.

The Society has grown over the years to approximately 50 members and now holds eight meetings each year from April through to October at a variety of clubs across Sussex.

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