Alan

Alan Charles Senitt born 26th December 1978 the eldest of three siblings. Alan was always his own person, carving his own path in life and determined to succeed in everything he put his mind to.

Alan really was a gift from God put on this earth for a reason. He had a unique gift of making everyone he met feel special whether they were 90 or 9 years old. And making them understand and believe that everything they had to offer the world was unique and important.

Everyone who speaks about Alan remembers him with his large smile on his face always there to make you feel calm and safe in any environment.

As a brother he was everything an older sibling should be, a rock, an inspiration, a teacher, a hero. Guiding, supporting and protecting Emma and James with everything they wished to pursue

When Alan’s friends convinced him at the age of 13 to try BBYO youth clubs, he wasn’t sure he would like it but it was to be where he found himself, great friends and a path from which he would grow to be the amazing person he was.

During his all too short life Alan had held the posts of National President of B’nai B’rith Youth Organisation, National Chairman of the Union of Jewish Students, Israel Lobbyist for BICOM (British Israel Communications and Research), and first Director of The Political Council for Co-existence and of the Co-existence Trust and Director of The Israel-Britain Business Council.

One of the most memorable moments of Alan’s career was when he stood in Trafalgar Square in front of 50,000 members of the Jewish Community and delivered a speech of solidarity. He carried himself with dignity and delivered it with his trademark aplomb.  Most people distinctly remember smiling at his use of the famous Golda Meir line about “when they learn to love their children….”, which he nuanced to emphasis the importance of “sharing our commitment”.

For anyone that didn’t know Alan, just hearing or reading this speech tells you a huge amount about what he stood for. Hopefully Alan’s dugma ishit, the personal example he set to those around him, will forever be a blessing and an inspiration to the students and leaders that learned from him.

Alan was an inspirational community leader and political activist with a great passion and belief for all that he did in and with a great future ahead of him. He died as he lived, defending the rights of others.