OBITUARY: DINA RABINOVITCH, 1963-2007
BORN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, JUNE 9, 1963 DIED LONDON, OCTOBER 30, 2007, AGED 44
JOURNALIST and writer Dina Rabinovitch was probably best known for her candid columns in the
and TheGuardian on her experience of living with breast cancer.
Diagnosed in June 2004, her last piece appeared in TheGuardian less than a fortnight ago.
One of six children, she was born in South Carolina, and moved to Toronto before coming to the UK with her family. Her father was Rabbi Dr Nahum Rabinovitch, a renowned expert on Jewish law and a one-time principal of Jews’ College.
An Orthodox Jew, Ms Rabinovitch lived in Hendon, North-West London, with her second husband, litigation lawyer Anthony Julius, who acted for Princess Diana during her divorce and is now representing Heather Mills in her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney.
Both were married when they met in 1997, when Mr Julius was defending Ms Rabinovitch’s father in a libel suit. Their union shocked many in the community. Ms Rabinovitch was previously married to a derivatives trader.
She later recalled that, after her divorce, “my parents and family didn’t speak to me for seven years. They were these American 50s parents.”
She and Mr Julius had one son together, Elon, now six. Seven children resulted from their previous marriages.
She wrote for the JC on matters close to her heart. In one column, she claimed that when she divorced she “became invisible”. There was an “inability to see a divorced woman as a participating member of the community”.
She also wrote on her battle with cancer, kosher hospital food and observant and nonobservant people sharing a house.
Her columns in The Guardian on living with her illness were collated into a book, TakeOffYourParty Dress:WhenLife’sToo BusyForBreastCancer, published in March.
The proceeds from sales as well as fundraising efforts on her blog have helped expand the cancerresearch team at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, where she was treated. Her aim was to raise £100,000.
Over £74,000 had been raised as we went to press.