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Inspirational Jewish community champion Leonie Lewis dies

The inspirational Jewish communal champion Leonie Lewis MBE has passed away, it was confirmed on Friday.

A statement put out on social media by the director of Faith Forum for London (FFFL), the multi-faith organisation for whom Lewis remained a trustee and council member said she was a “unique human being with an ability to spread love, and kindness.”

Leonie was diagnosed with lymphoma just six weeks ago.

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Mustapha Field OBE, director of the FFFL said her said her passing has “personally affected me.” In a further tribute, the organisation said:” Early this morning, our dear friend, Leonie Lewis passed away.

“Leonie was an inspiration figure who’s presence will be missed.
“She touched the lives of so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.”

As a director of the Jewish Volunteering Network for over 30 years, Lewis was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to the Jewish community in December 2017.

A member of Pinner Shul went on to become a joint Vice President of the United Synagogue.

Earlier as co-chair of the US Women, she pushed through changes to enable women to become chairs in the organisation’s shuls.
After receiving an MBE in 2017 she said: ““It justifies all the hours and commitment I’ve spent at meetings and activities encouraging all who know me to engage and or volunteer with their community. I still have a few friends left!

“The nicest thing is receiving such wonderful messages, letters and calls from so many people. It’s very touching to know that in some small way I really am making a difference.”

Leonie was also an adviser to the Children’s Aid Committee and assessor for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Jewish Volunteering Network said: “We are devastated to hear of the passing away of Leonie Lewis.  In the words of her family, ‘she loved everyone and worked for every good cause’. There is so much to be said about Leonie and we will – right now our thoughts are with her family, Howard, Adam, Ben, Basie, Ruth, Bernard and all the grandchildren.”

Source: Jewish News

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