NEWS in brief
A HAMPSTEAD mother-of-two was due to be buried today after her death in a road accident on December 21, when her bicycle was crushed beneath a truck near the King’s Cross development in London. Emma Foa, a 56-yearold jewellery designer, was born in London. Her father, Achille, was from Turin; her mother, Giovanna Levi, was the daughter of a wealthy Florentine Jew whose family had made its fortune from banking. Although the Foas met after the war, both had escaped the Nazis thanks to a Christian nurse who hid them in a quarantined infections diseases unit. Ms Foa is survived by her second husband, Reg, a publisher, and her daughters Lia and Maya.
New law lord
A JEWISH JUDGE known for his principled stance against torture has been made a law lord in the Appeal Courts. Sir David Neuberger, who was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal in 2004, will take up his new position on the retirement of Lord Nicholls on January 10. The news of Sir David’s appointment gave rise to an antisemitic comment on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website, calling it “another in-your-face example of Israeli control of Britain. Is there no one in Britain who is not Jewish that is qualified for this job?” A spokesperson for The Guardian said: “The comment has been removed from the site and the poster in question has been banned from contributing in future.” Sir David’s sister-in-law is the rabbi and baroness, Julia Neuberger.
Lipstadt for London
HOLOCAUST-ERA historian Deborah Lipstadt, who defeated David Irving in the celebrated libel case he brought against her in 2000, is to be the guest speaker at the Zionist Federation’s annual dinner in February. Funds from the dinner will also go to the new children’s hospital planned in Jerusalem by Shaare Zedek.
LIBERAL JUDAISM commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples are taking place around once a month since the government’s introduction of civil partnerships for gays and lesbians a year ago. “In the past year, there have been a dozen ceremonies,” said Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich. In seven instances, both partners were Jewish: in the others, one was nonJewish. In nine of the ceremonies, the couples were female.