From the Holland Park Synagogue:
On Monday 3rd January, Meir Basri passed away at the age
of 94. He had been a member of the Holland Park congregation
for over 30 years and he was elected a life elder in 2001.
With his death, the Sephardi communities in this country
and across the world lose a great mind and a wonderful human
being. Born in Iraq at the time of the Hashemite dynasty
of King Faisal (1883-1933), when the entire people enjoyed
equality, democracy and economic prosperity, Meir Basri
was one of the prominent Jewish poets, a major writer and
an important journalist of the time.
When he was finally allowed to leave Iraq he came to England.
Here, he continued his work and was greatly respected by
all in the literary world. His knowledge of the Talmud was
matched only by his works and studies of Islam. He was also
a master of the French language as well as English, Hebrew
Until recently he was a regular worshiper at Holland Park
and did not miss an opportunity to join in with the community
activities. Many of us will remember the poem he composed
and read in the Synagogue, on the occasion of our 75th anniversary.
The large attendance at his funeral was an indication of
the esteem and respect with which this great man was held
in the community.
He leaves his wife, Marcelle, 4 daughters (Nora, Aida, Mona
and May) and 10 grandchildren to whom we extend our deepest
sympathies and sincere condolences.
May the Almighty receive him with compassion and may his
soul rest in peace.
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