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The Ben Azzai project

Ghana for JN December 2017 by Jenni Frazer One by one, the cheerful rowdy voices of 16 high-achieving Jewish students quietened down as they came face-to-face with some of the shocking realities of the developing world. Lauren Keiles, a student reading international relations at the University of Leeds, put it succinctly: “Tikkun Olam (the principle […]

  • 22 December, 2017

Jerusalem and the Rubik Cube

Column for JN December 15 2017 Jerusalem. There, I’ve said it, the J-word, the capital which dares not speak its name. I don’t know about you, but what I have taken from the great Jerusalem furore this week is a sense that those who have been kidding themselves for the last number of years are […]

  • 16 December, 2017

A weight off one’s shoulders

For the Jewish Chronicle published December 8 2017 “We have”, says Bayla Perrin, “a wonderful community. But you only have to cast your eyes around, just a little, to see that not everything is perfect.” Six years ago, Perrin and her fellow trustee, Benjamin Conway, were inspired to set up one of Anglo-Jewry’s lowest-profile, but […]

  • 8 December, 2017

You must remember this

Column for Jewish News November 30 2017 This week, o best beloveds. marks an extraordinary anniversary — 75 years since “Casablanca” was unveiled on screen to become one of, if not the, favourite films of all time. I forget how old I was when I first saw Casablanca, lying on the carpet in front of […]

  • 28 November, 2017

Children from two faiths find happiness in one building

For The Times published Nov 11 2017 Have you heard the one about the Jewish school and the Catholic school that decided to share a building? It sounds like the beginning of an old, outdated and not very politically correct joke, but it is happening in Glasgow and the results so far are impressive. The […]

  • 11 November, 2017

Sharing and caring

For the Times of Israel posted November 4 2017 Glasgow school for ToI from Jenni Frazer Oct 2017 “I think”, says Bishop John Keenan, “that the relationships here have gone beyond interfaith dialog. As far as I can see, the dialog is in the bricks.” Bishop Keenan is half of the religious authority for a […]

  • 4 November, 2017

Streeting digs his heels in

For the Jewish News October 31 2017 Labour MP Wes Streeting has defended his decision to participate in a MEND meeting in Parliament on Wednesday, despite the fact that four of his fellow MPs have pulled out citing “extremist views” related to the group. MEND, or Muslim Engagement and Development, is due to hold a […]

  • 31 October, 2017

ORT’s silver fox

For the JC September 2017 Avi Ganon for the JC by Jenni Frazer It’s an improbable journey, from someone who barely scraped through his matriculation exams to chief executive of the world’s largest Jewish educational organisation, but Avi Ganon, the new director-general of World ORT, has done it — and along the way has been […]

  • 31 October, 2017

Do the right thing

Column for JN Oct 31 2017 There are some situations that are, effectively, an open goal, just begging to be highlighted. Such a one is, of course, the lamentable behaviour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the International Judo Federation Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi. Despite urgings from the Federation to the UAE organisers, […]

  • 31 October, 2017

On the side of the angels?

Column for the Jewish News October 19 2017 We all like to think of ourselves as being on the side of the angels, I suppose, aligned with the good guys. Thus, evidently, the avalanche of opinions and “whataboutery” adorning every part of the media in the wake of the scandal over the repellent Harvey Weinstein. […]

  • 19 October, 2017