OBIT­U­ARY: DINA RABI­NOVITCH, 1963-2007

BORN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, JUNE 9, 1963 DIED LON­DON, OC­TO­BER 30, 2007, AGED 44

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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.

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