A leader of the Orthodox community in Stamford Hill has been hailed “a true model of Kiddush Hashem” [an example to all] after he died on Sunday aged 88.

Joe Lobenstein, a former vice president of the Union of Hebrew Congregation and chairman of its external affairs committee, was involved in local politics – first for the Liberal Democrats and later for the Conservatives.

He also held a number of senior communal roles, including president of the Adath Israel Synagogue and founding chair of governers of the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School.

“I considered him as one of my closest friends,” said Rabbi Avroham Pinter, a community leader.

“Although we had different political outlooks, on issues pertaining to the Jewish community we worked as one.”