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A lost world and a lost identity

For the Jewish Chronicle August 19 2017 “I must move on now, Mother. You and most of the family went to the gas chambers, without my knowing”. “Dear Miss Bechhofer, are you our cousin? If so, are you not one of twins?” Nearly 40 years separate these two letters, the first a product of imagination, […]

  • 21 August, 2017

The professors’ professor

For The Times of Israel posted August 7 2017 Gershuny for ToI by Jenni Frazer July 24 2017 To spend even a short time in Professor Jonathan Gershuny’s company is to be treated to a very superior sort of whirlwind university lecture — but tailored especially for an audience of one. He is by turns […]

  • 7 August, 2017

Anything is possible

Saed Sarsur for the JC July 31 2017 If it comes as a surprise to see the Israeli and British flags on display in Saed Sarsur’s Mayfair offices, a conversation with this Israeli-Arab businessman will persuade anyone that they should not raise an eyebrow. Mr Sarsur is a proud and fiercely passionate Israeli, who, together […]

  • 31 July, 2017

Kissin and kissing cousins

For the Times of Israel posted July 29 2017 With admirable frankness, the classical pianist Evgeny Kissin says he wrote his book, “Memoirs and Reflections” because in the course of many interviews he has been repeatedly asked the same questions. Nevertheless, the very publication prompts even more questions, so the Moscow-born Kissin may have to […]

  • 29 July, 2017

Susi’s painful story

For the Jewish Chronicle July 2017 Susi Bechhofer by Jenni Frazer for JC July 2017 “I must move on now, Mother. You and most of the family went to the gas chambers, without my knowing”. “Dear Miss Bechhofer, are you our cousin? If so, are you not one of twins?” Nearly 40 years separate these […]

  • 23 July, 2017

Dweck: the ruling

For the Jewish News published July 21 2017 Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community, has held on to his job after a ruling by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s review committee. But Rabbi Dweck has had to pay a high price — he has had to relinquish being a dayan on the […]

  • 23 July, 2017

Palexpo professor dissects the “Israel lobby”

For the Jewish News July 8 2017 The controversial South African sheikh who quoted a Joseph Goebbels speech referring to Jews as “fleas” said this week that he thought it was “fair” to say “that a people who had gone though oppression should not mete it out to others”. Sheikh Ebrahim Bham was a keynote […]

  • 10 July, 2017

Palex versus Limmud: Limmud wins

Column for Jewish News July 9 2017 The woman sitting two rows in front of me at the Palestine Expo was wearing a designer keffiyah in chic red and white. Readers, she looked ridiculous, as did many of the pasty-skinned white English fellow travellers who bulked out the sessions at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre […]

  • 10 July, 2017

Birthday honours

For the Jewish News June 17 2017 Members of the Jewish community from across the religious spectrum have been named in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List, with services to Holocaust education being highlighted this year. Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky has been awarded an OBE for her work with Holocaust survivors through the Holocaust Commission. Two […]

  • 18 June, 2017

Jewish Tories and a LibDem

For the Times of Israel posted June 7 2017 LONDON — The Jewish vote was so important to Conservative politician Zac Goldsmith during his unsuccessful run for mayor of London last year that the candidate launched his campaign at London’s Jewish Community Centre, JW3. Goldsmith, who is not halachically Jewish, has nonetheless suffered antisemitism due […]

  • 7 June, 2017