Head of U.K. Lubavitch Rabbi Nachman Sudak Dies

The man who led Chabad Lubavitch U.K passed away in London aged 78.

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Screenshot of Rabbi Nachman Sudak from Chabad.org.

Rabbi Nachman Sudak, the man who headed Lubavitch in the U.K., died Monday aged 78.

Rabbi Sudak first arrived in Britain in 1959 as the personal emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Jewish Chronicle reported, adding that his life's work was to implement the ethos of the Lubavitch movement.

Today, Britain has 25 Chabad houses, 11 campus centers and 14 schools. As principal of Chabad Lubavitch U.K., he led the establishment of this network, the Jewish Chronicle said.

In 2001, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his work.

"Rabbi Nachman Sudak guided the destiny of Chabad in Britain for more than 50 years, turning it from a marginal presence to one that affected tens of thousands of lives and changed the entire tone of Anglo-Jewry. Quiet, thoughtful and introspective, he was a man of passion and principle whose patient leadership was a major factor in the growth of the movement in this country. He was a man I greatly respected and admired, and it was a privilege to know him and be inspired by him," the Jewish Chronicle cited former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as saying.

His funeral will start at the Lubavitch House in London's Stamford Hill on Monday afternoon.