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The Queen Decorates Drugsline Rabbi

Thursday, 22 October, 2009 - 9:19 am

sufrin.jpgRabbi Aryeh Sufrin, director of Chabad Lubavitch Ilford, received an MBE (Member of British Empire) at Buckingham Palace this week.

Her Majesty the Queen has given him the honor "for servicing the Jewish Community Relations and to Drugsline in North East London."

Rabbi Sufrin and his wife Devorah moved to Ilford, Essex, in 1983, following in the footsteps of his parents who moved to the area in 1976.

The first Chabad centre was opened in 1983. In January 2001, Chabad moved into its new and refurbished 4,000 sq. foot centre which houses a synagogue, library, nursery school, Hebrew classes, and counseling services.

While attending to his religious duties, Sufrin founded Drugsline-Chabad, a non-denominational crisis, information and support charity based in London, known for its unique drugs education outreach program.

Upon realizing that the Jewish and Muslim communities share many of the same cultural taboos about drugs, Sufrin has shown nonconformism when he invited Imam Haroon Rashid Patel to sit in on Drugsline’s volunteer training sessions.

[From collive.com]

 

Comments on: The Queen Decorates Drugsline Rabbi
10/23/2009

Nitza Abuhatzeira Brown wrote...

Rabbi Sufrin goes where angels (and many other rabbonim) fear to tread. Thus he has broken spectacular new ground in reaching out to those who otherwise would have eschewed both Judaism and G-d.
This man doesn't just deserve an MBE - he deserves a knighthood. Arise Sir Aryeh!