Buckhurst Hill Masorti leaders have paid tribute to senior warden Darren Silverne who died on Monday, aged 46, after a short illness.
Former co-chair Howard Robinson said Mr Silverne “epitomised everything that was best about our community. He was selfless, gentle and caring and always encouraging to those around him. He was an instrumental member of the community’s management and ritual teams and played a central role in its growth.”
Minister Rabbi Michael Foulds said: “Darren was one of life’s good guys. He loved the shul and played a huge role in its running and development.”
The Essex congregation will be discussing how best to commemorate Mr Silverne’s contribution.