Brian Kerner should best be remembered as one of British Jewry’s outstanding leaders, able to use his unique personality to achieve great things for Israel and the community.
As chairman of JIA/UJIA (1994-8) he brought together the JIA and Jewish Continuity to create the new UJIA with its twin mission of rescuing Jews in distress from the FSU and Ethiopia and also renewing Jewish life in the UK.
Then in 2002, BICOM was created in Brian’s Hampstead home with its goal of helping to ensure a fair representation of Israel’s case in the media.
David Cohen, who succeeded Brian as UJIA chairman, said it was a privilege to take it over UJIA after Brian left it in such good shape.
Former chairman Sir Trevor Chinn said movingly: “Brian was a very special human being whose commitment to Israel and the community was astounding.”