Dina Rabinovitch

Dina Rabinovitch (9 June 1962 – 30 October 2007)[1] was a British journalist and writer who wrote a column for The Guardian.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she was the fifth of six children born to the Halakhist Rabbi Dr. Nahum Rabinovitch. The family later moved to Toronto for a short period before settling in London. Rabinovitch was educated at Hasmonean High School, Henrietta Barnett School, the London School of Economics (International Relations, 1993) and the University of East Anglia (MA Creative Writing, 2000).[1]

An Orthodox Jew, she lived in London with her children and her second husband, lawyer Anthony Julius. She was the mother of four children of her own.

Dina Rabinovitch
Dina Rabinovitch

Breast cancer activist

Rabinovitch, who died of breast cancer on 30 October 2007, aged 44, wrote regular columns describing her cancer-related experiences. These columns were published as the book Take Off Your Party Dress in March 2007. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the CTRT Appeal [1], a million-pound appeal to set up a cancer trials research centre at Mount Vernon Hospital in London.


  1. ^ a b Ian Katz Obituary: Dina Rabinovitch, The Guardian, 1 November 2007

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Anthony Julius

Anthony Robert Julius (born 16 July 1956) is a British solicitor advocate and academic, known among other things for his actions on behalf of Diana, Princess of Wales and Deborah Lipstadt. He is Deputy Chairman of the London law firm Mishcon de Reya.

He holds the Chair in Law and Arts in the Faculty of Law at University College London. Julius is also Chairman of the economics consultancy, Oxera.

David Dimbleby

David Dimbleby (born 28 October 1938) is a British journalist and a presenter of current affairs and political programmes, now best known for the BBC's long running Question Time television series. He is the son of Richard Dimbleby and elder brother of Jonathan Dimbleby. Long involved in the coverage of national events, Dimbleby has anchored the BBC's coverage of every general election since 1979 and United States presidential elections. He has also presented and narrated documentary series on architecture and history.

Deaths in October 2007

The following is a list of notable deaths in October 2007.

Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones (16 August 1934 – 26 March 2011) was a British novelist, poet, academic, and short story writer. She principally wrote fantasy and speculative fiction novels for children and adults.

Some of her better-known works are the Chrestomanci series, the Dalemark series; the novels Howl's Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm; and The Tough Guide To Fantasyland.

She has been cited as an inspiration and muse for several fantasy and science fiction authors: including Phillip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Penelope Lively, Robin McKinley, Megan Whalen Turner, J K Rowling and Dina Rabinovitch.

Her work has been nominated for several awards, among them twice as a finalist for the Hugo Award, fourteen times for the Locus Award, seven times for the Mythopoeic Award (which she would win twice out of those seven nominations), twice for a British Fantasy Award (won in 1999), and twice for a World Fantasy Award, which she would also end up winning in 2007.

Disobedience (novel)

Disobedience is the debut novel by British author Naomi Alderman. First published in the UK in March 2006, the novel has since been translated into ten languages. Disobedience follows a rabbi's lesbian daughter as she returns from New York to her Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, London. Although the subject matter was considered somewhat controversial, the novel was well received and earned Alderman the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers and the 2007 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

Enhance Herts

enhance herts is the name of a charity (originally called the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust Charitable Fund) which was founded to provide the extras that make all the difference - extra equipment, better facilities and new research and education for hospitals in east and north Hertfordshire. The charity supports the Lister, Queen Elizabeth II and Hertford County hospitals, as well as the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

Each year the charity seeks to raise between £1 million and £2 million, and is currently aiming to complete the CTRT Appeal to build a new chemotherapy research unit at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood. It is also promoting its Building Blocks appeal for children, teens and babies services, particularly with the support of the Comet newspaper, which has adopted the appeal as its charity of 2008. Several other businesses in north Hertfordshire have gone on to adopt the Building Blocks appeal, including Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth, and Stevenage Town Centre.

The charity hosts a Facebook group, which can be found by searching under its name. There are also groups for Building Blocks and the CTRT Appeal.

The charity is registered at Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage SG1 4AB, and is Registered Charity Number 1053338.

Hasmonean High School

Hasmonean High School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status for pupils from Orthodox Jewish families, situated in the London Borough of Barnet, England.

Henrietta Barnett School

The Henrietta Barnett School is a grammar school with academy status for girls in Hampstead Garden Suburb in London. The Good Schools Guide called the school 'One of the best academic state schools in the country, providing a gentle, inspiring education in a wonderful setting for very clever girls', and the school consistently ranks amongst the top state schools in educational league tables. The school named among the 'magnificent seven' in 2005, following three mentions as being 'outstanding' in Ofsted's annual report, and was again deemed Outstanding in all respects in the most recent Ofsted inspection in 2007, before its conversion to an academy.

Kate Thompson (author)

Kate Thompson (born 10 November 1956) is a British-Irish writer best known for children's novels. Most of her children's fiction is fantasy but several of her books also deal with the consequences of genetic engineering.

Katharine Anna Thompson was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, the youngest child of the social historians and peace activists E. P. Thompson and Dorothy Towers. She has lived in Ireland since 1981 and many of her books are set there. She worked with horses and travelled in India, then settled in 1984 in Inagh in the west of Ireland with her partner Conor Minogue. They have two daughters, Cliodhna and Dearbhla. She is an accomplished fiddler with an interest in Irish traditional music, which is reflected in The New Policeman.

She won two major annual awards for The New Policeman (Bodley Head, 2005), set in modern Kinvara and the Irish mythological Tír na nÓg: the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. It also won the Dublin Airport Authority Children's Book of the Year Award for 2005.

She has won the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award four times, for The Beguilers, The Alchemist's Apprentice, Annan Water and The New Policeman. Creature of the Night was shortlisted for the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize and the 2009 Carnegie Medal.

List of breast cancer patients by survival status

This list of notable breast cancer patients includes people who made significant contributions to their respective fields and who were diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, as confirmed by public information.

According to the United States National Cancer Institute, an estimated 252,710 new cases and 40,610 deaths (women only; no estimates for male victims due to size of sampling pool) would occur in the United States in 2017.

List of people with breast cancer

This list of notable people with breast cancer includes people who made significant contributions to their chosen field and who were diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, as confirmed by public information. Diagnosis dates are listed where the information is known.

According to the United States National Cancer Institute, an estimated 192,370 new cases and 40,170 deaths (women only) would occur in the United States in 2009.

Mog (Judith Kerr)

Mog is a fictional character in a series of children's books written by Judith Kerr. Other regularly occurring characters include Mr and Mrs Thomas (Mog's owners) and their two children Nicky and Debbie. In each book Mog gets into a different conundrum with a new character or event. Unusually for a popular children's series, Mog dies in the final book, 2002's Goodbye, Mog.

Kerr based her illustrations of the house in which the family live on her own family home in Barnes, London, and the two children were named after the middle names of her own son and daughter, Matthew and Tacy. The family name "Thomas" is from the first name of her husband, Nigel Kneale, upon whom the appearance of Mr Thomas was based.

In November 2015, Mog returned as a CGI character for the 2015 Christmas advert for supermarket Sainsbury's. In Mog's Christmas Calamity Mog accidentally starts a fire in her home after having a bad dream, but is able to alert the fire brigade (as she had called 999 when scrabbling across a phone); she is hailed a hero for saving her owners, and (after her owners' neighbours pool their resources to undo the damage she had done, in reference to Sainsbury's "Christmas is for sharing" tagline) is later given an egg as a treat. Kerr herself appears in this advert as a neighbour of the Thomas family. A special plush Mog and book version of the story were sold exclusively through Sainsbury's, with all profits being donated to Save the Children's child literacy work.

Nahum Rabinovitch

Rabbi Nahum Eliezer Rabinovitch (Hebrew: נחום אליעזר רבינוביץ'‎; born 1928) is an Israeli Orthodox rabbi and posek, and head of Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Ma'ale Adumim. He was born in Montreal, Canada. His late daughter was Dina Rabinovitch (1963–2007).

Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman (born 1974) is an English novelist and game writer. Her novel, The Power, won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2017.


Rabinovitch (also spelled Rabinovich) (Рабино́вич, רבינוביץ), is a Russian Ashkenazi Jewish surname, Slavic for "son of the rabbi". The Polish equivalents are Rabinowitz or Rabinowicz.

People bearing the surname Rabinovitch include:

Adolphe Rabinovitch (1918–1944), American Special Operations Executive agent executed by the Germans in World War II

Dina Rabinovitch (1963–2007), British journalist and writer

Emanuel Rabinovitch

Gérard Rabinovitch, French philosopher and sociologist

Jack Rabinovitch, Canadian philanthropist

Robert Rabinovitch, (born 1943), Canadian public servant

Samuel Rabinovitch, (1903–1991), British sculpture, artist, singer and wrestler (also known as Sam Rabin)

Victor Rabinovitch, Canadian public servantIt may also refer to

Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky (born 1945), Russian-born composer

Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler (2002) is a low fantasy novel for children by the American writer Sharon Creech, published by HarperCollins in 2002. It features adolescent orphan twins who are "trouble" and an eccentric older couple who adopt them and take them back to live in "magical" Ruby Holler (hollow).Creech won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians, recognizing the year's best children's book published in the U.K. (Bloomsbury Children's Books). In a retrospective citation, the librarians call it "a beautifully written story about love and trust and how the strength and goodness of human beings can overcome all the odds". Creech was the first American winner of the British award and the first person to win both the American Newbery Medal (Walk Two Moons, 1994) and the British Carnegie.

Russian Beauty

Russian Beauty (Russian: Русская красавица) is a novel written by Russian author Victor Erofeyev.

Sad Book

Sad Book is a book by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The book's topic is dealing with grief. Although it is marketed as a children's book, Rosen explicitly mentions on the inside book jacket that it is for everyone. The book chronicles Rosen's grief of the loss of his son Eddie, who died of meningitis aged 18.Rosen said that the book arose after a group of children asked him questions about his son's death and they were able to discuss it in a "matter-of-fact" way. It begins with a picture of Rosen looking happy, with text explaining that he is sad and only pretending to be happy. The book frequently uses a disconnect between text and image to communicate the complex feelings of grief.The remainder of the book discusses the different feelings that bereavement brings, and ways of coping with them including distracting oneself and expressing feelings through writing. It also describes how Rosen found his despair lifting and how he was able to deal with his grief and think about the good times he had with his son.

UEA Creative Writing Course

The University of East Anglia's Creative Writing Course was founded by Sir Malcolm Bradbury and Sir Angus Wilson in 1970. The M.A. is widely regarded as the most prestigious and successful in the country and competition for places is notoriously tough.The course is split into four strands: Prose, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Scriptwriting (which is Skillset accredited). All four result in an M.A. qualification upon successful completion of the course. The Course Directors are currently Andrew Cowan, Kathryn Hughes, Lavinia Greenlaw and Val Taylor respectively. Course tutors include Amit Chaudhuri, Trezza Azzopardi, Giles Foden, Tobias Jones, James Lasdun, Jean McNeil, Margaret Atwood and George Szirtes.

Writers such as Angela Carter, Rose Tremain, Andrew Motion, W. G. Sebald, Michèle Roberts and Patricia Duncker have also taught on the course.

Writers-in-residence have included Alan Burns and Margaret Attwood.

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