Natalie hates Beebs, yah, boo…

Column JN April 28 2018 by Jenni Frazer Politics, we are often told, makes strange bedfellows, a dictum of which we could scarcely fail to be reminded in the wake of this week’s Natalie Portman furore. For those who have been asleep in their caves over the winter and are just peering out to see […]

  • 23 April, 2018

Shopping hell

Column JN March 2018 from Jenni This column is being brought to you by the magic of technology. Since I have broken my arm, I am learning about a whole new world of the one-handed — and included in the things that I can do seems to be writing by voice recognition, although it is […]

  • 2 April, 2018

Prince William, the movie…

Column for JN March 2018 from Jenni Frazer Dateline: Summer 2018, Kensington Palace. Interior: A Royal apartment. Suitcases are sprawled all over the room. Catherine is supervising the packing, William is flapping. Catherine: I wish I were coming with you, darling. It’s going to be an exciting visit. And look — you don’t need to […]

  • 5 March, 2018

A restaurant rant

For the JC February 9 2018 “Where”, said my non-Jewish friend, “can I take this man for dinner? He is observant and sophisticated. I want the equivalent of — oh, I don’t know, Le Gavroche, or Galvin la Chapelle.” Ah, I said. You mean, it has to have tablecloths and matching china. And I thought, […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Goodbye to Crumpsall

For the JC posted December 23 2017 Crumpsall farewell by Jenni Frazer for JC December 2017 Usually, when we read of the closure of a synagogue, it is as a result of the fall in numbers of the community which it served. Examples such as Sunderland, Grimsby, even most recently Nottingham, come to mind. But […]

  • 23 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

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

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

Sins of the son, not the father

Column for Jewish News September 19 2017 We are widely instructed not to visit the sins of the father upon the son, and, largely, most of us manage to obey that stricture. But how about the other way round, when the “sins” of the son reflect badly on the father or mother? I had cause […]

  • 19 September, 2017