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Shenley rabbi dies

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-10-09

Rabbi Shmuli Kass

Rabbi Shmuli Kass

Tributes from across the Jewish community have been paid to Shenley United Synagogue's rabbi Shmuli Kass, who has died of cancer at the age of 30 having battled against the disease for a year.

Rabbi Kass, who was involved in the Hertfordshire synagogue since 2004, passed away on Sunday and leaves a wife and three young children as well as both parents and three sisters.

Leading the tributes, Charles Sigler warden of the shul said: "When he came to us he was a new rabbi, we were a new community.  He loved us for the potential he saw in us: we loved him for helping us become stronger in our faith and helping to grow as individuals and as a community.  His personality, his wisdom, and his goodness will always be an inspiration to us".

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks who took part in the celebration induction of Rabbi Kass in February 2006 paid his own personal tribute.

"He was one of those rare individuals who made people better by the force of his example and the patent sincerity of his ideals," said Sir Jonathan. "Our hearts go out to his widow Batsheva, his children, his parents and sisters, and all those privileged to be his disciples."