Tributes to judge

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY LEON SY­MONS

JUDGE IS­RAEL FINESTEIN, one of the out­stand­ing fig­ures of the An­gloJewish com­mu­nity in the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury, died on Mon­day. He was 88.

Judge Finestein, who re­tired from the bench as a deputy high court judge and a for­mer crown court judge, had been pres­i­dent of the Board of Deputies from 1991 to 1994 and served on a di­verse range of com­mu­nal bodies. He had also been ac­tive out­side the com­mu­nity, chair­ing the Men­tal Health Re­view Tri­bunal. He had also been a vice-pres­i­dent of the World Jewish Congress.

Board pres­i­dent Vi­vian Wine­man said: “His Hon­our Judge Is­rael Finestein QC was a man of tow­er­ing in­tel­lect and deep hu­man­ity. His schol­ar­ship was ex­traor­di­nary and had he not de­cided to de­vote his con­sid­er­able tal­ents to the law, he would no doubt have made an enor­mous im­pact on the world of academia.

“All those who knew him rev­elled in his dry wit. The Board, the Jewish com­mu­nity and be­yond will all be the poorer for his pass­ing.”

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