King Charles III
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King Charles offered a heartfelt tribute to Rabbi Abraham Levy, the late leader of the British Sephardi community, who passed away last week at the age of 83.

Charles wrote in a statement that he offered his “deepest condolences, however inadequate they may be at this time of grief,” the Jewish Chronicle reported.

The King recalled being hosted by Rabbi Levy at Bevis Marks Synagogue for its 300th anniversary.

“I knew him both as a kind and towering figure in his community and as a greatly respected and admired teacher across communities,” Charles wrote.

"Rabbi Levy will be profoundly missed, but his message of tolerance and his work toward interfaith dialogue hold enduring lessons for us all,” he added.

Rabbi Levy’s cousin, deputy mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, told the news outlet that “he built a good majority of the Sephardi institutions in the UK, he built the rabbinical program, he built a school, he built a mikveh. These things didn’t exist for the Sephardi world until he decided to do it.”

“He was a very proud Sephardi, a very proud Jew, very proud of his heritage, of our heritage and a very approachable, kind, empathetic figure,” she added.

She described Rabbi Levy having audiences with several monarchs over the years.

“The King of Morocco, the Queen of England, and the King of Spain. He was that type of well respected figure that had a lot of credibility in the royal courts of these countries,” she said. “He spent his life… representing the Jewish people and his Sephardi heritage in the best way possible.”