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Chabad Communal Activists Awarded MBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

Thursday, 18 June, 2009 - 10:39 pm

s_nf_9942_50061.jpgJewish communal figures featured prominently the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year with Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin and Dovid Segelman both receiving MBEs for services to the Jewish community.

The list, published last Saturday, recognises outstanding achievement and service across the whole of the UK with more than 70 per cent of awards going to ordinary people – local heroes from a range of fields – who have made a real difference to life in their communities.

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, executive director of Chabad of Ilford, receives an MBE for services to Jewish community relations and for his work founding Drugsline UK - a non-denominational organisation providing a comprehensive range of services for those struggling with addiction as well as offering free, impartial support and information to concerned family and friends.

"I feel honoured and humbled," says Rabbi Suffrin.

"It come as a complete surprise to me but gives us more impetus to work even harder to build on this success and broaden the services that we provide."

Dovid Segelman, a member of the Lubavitch community, also becomes an MBE for services to north London Jewry. The Leeds-born mental health outreach worker for Chizuk is an active member of the Stamford Hill community. His voluntary involvements include bereavement counselling and the Hatzola emergency medical service.

In 2000, the Queen honoured Rabbi Nachman Sudak, head Chabad representative in Great Britain, with an OBE "for services to Young People."

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