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Hamp­stead tragedy

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.

Same-sex cer­e­monies

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.

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