David Sav­ille

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - PHILIP MAR­CUS


HIS Zion­ist con­vic­tions made lawyer David Sav­ille far more than a pro­fes­sional ad­vo­cate. Hav­ing made aliyah in 1967 and re­qual­i­fied, he be­came a true ad­vo­cate of aliyah it­self, con­vert­ing many lawyers or law stu­dents to the Zion­ist cause.

In Is­rael, he be­came aware of the dif­fi­cul­ties for for­eign lawyers seek­ing to re­qual­ify, and he set up what de­vel­oped into Bar Re­view cour­ses for new and po­ten­tial im­mi­grants from English speak­ing coun­tries, and from other parts of the world. Sav­ille re­ceived the Pres­i­dent’s Award in 1982 in recog­ni­tion of his ef­forts.

David grad­u­ated at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don and qual­i­fied as a lawyer. Ed­u­cated at Carmel Col­lege, the now-de­funct Jewish board­ing school founded and headed by Rabbi Kopul Rosen, he joined Jewish Youth Study Groups, which pointed him to­wards Is­rael, although nei­ther was ex­plic­itly Zion­ist.Two years af­ter he made aliyah, he mar­ried Myr­iam Drey­fuss, a new im­mi­grant­from France.

In ad­di­tion to the bian­nual re­view cour­ses in Jerusalem, from which I per­son­ally ben­e­fited, hav­ing made aliyah in 1978 and re­qual­i­fied as an ad­vo­cate, David spear­headed outreach cour­ses for Jewish lawyers in South Africa and the US, and also held cour­ses for hun­dreds of Is­raelis who had stud­ied law abroad. Over a thou­sand ad­vo­cates, who at­tended more than 80 cour­ses, qual­i­fied in Is­rael due to his ef­forts. Many of them be­came lec­tur­ers them­selves. For decades, any lawyer or law stu­dent con­sid­er­ing aliyah was re­ferred to David, who used his inim­itable pow­ers of per­sua­sion, not only to ex­plain that aliyah was the only proper thing to do, but also that the Bar ex­ams were not dif­fi­cult.

There are nu­mer­ous in­stances, where what started as a tele­phone call to David from a lawyer hol­i­day­ing in Is­rael and con­sid­er­ing aliyah ended with that lawyer be­ing per­suaded that he had to at­tend lec­tures start­ing that very day – and pass­ing the Bar ex­ams a few weeks later.

It was of no mat­ter to him that re­qual­i­fied lawyers might be pro­fes­sional com­peti­tors; his law of­fice pro­vided le­gal ser­vices to a wide va­ri­ety of clients, and he ap­pre­ci­ated that each client wanted to choose the lawyer most suit­able for the mat­ter in hand. This is true Zion­ism – per­suad­ing peo­ple to make aliyah and en­abling them to make a liv­ing in their cho­sen pro­fes­sion.

David’s de­sire to make life in Is­rael bet­ter was not re­stricted to pro­fes­sion­als. A large num­ber of elderly and dis­abled peo­ple ben­e­fited from his vis­its and those of his fam­ily.

David Sav­ille stands as an in­spi­ra­tion to any­one who con­sid­ers him­self a Zion­ist. He is sur­vived by Myr­iam, their seven chil­dren and 38 grand­chil­dren. Philip Mar­cus is a re­tired Judge of the

Jerusalem Fam­ily Court.

David Sav­ille: aliyah ad­vo­cate

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