Tributes from all sections of the British-Jewish community to former Union of Jewish Students chairman Alan Senitt have been coming in following his brutal murder on Sunday morning in Washington DC.
"The Jewish community as a whole has lost one of its bright young leaders and the wider world has lost a champion of peace and goodwill," said Mr Senitt's parents, Jack and Karen, sister Emma and brother James in a statement. "It will take us a lifetime to come to terms with our tragic loss."
"He was a serious contender for mainstream political life. He was up and coming. He would have been brilliant, I'm sure of it," said Danny Stone director of the Co-Existence Trust, an organization which Mr Senitt was previously director of and which worked towards dialogue between Jews and Muslims.
Speaking to the Press Association, Lord Janner said of Mr Senitt with whom he worked at the Co-Existence Trust: "He was a delight to work with and this is a terrible tragedy."
In a statement, the Jewish Leadership Council which is made up of a number of leading Jewish organizations and individuals said of Mr Senitt:
"Alan was a communal professional who brought great distinction to every role that he held. Alan became a true friend of those that he worked with. He was an outstanding and passionate advocate for Israel, whilst articulating a message of tolerance and co-existence. Alan will be remembered as somebody who regarded service to the community as a privilege and was always determined to make a positive impact on communal life. His example of Jewish leadership will inspire many future leaders of our community. He will be remembered with affection and admiration."
Reprinted with permission of Something Jewish