Features

Good journalists are endlessly curious and should be endlessly enthusiastic. My features run the gamut from politics to travel writing. They all have one thing in common – to transmit that enthusiasm to the reader.


Baltimore Boys fail to charm

For the Jewish Chronicle published April 28 2017 We all remember, I expect, days in our childhood or adolescence when it seemed as though nothing would ever happen, that the world would never move on and allow us to… do stuff. That sense of torpor permeates every one of the 448 pages of Joel Dicker’s […]

  • 2 May, 2017

Spot the villain

For the JC published April 21 2107 Before the Kray twins and other notorious East End villains, there were – inevitably – Jewish gangsters. And the king of the super-villains, the architect of organised crime in the UK – a dubious honour – was Jacob Colmore, more usually known as Jack Spot. Now Jack Spot’s […]

  • 15 April, 2017

The voice of peace

For the JC published April 14 2017 Conversation with the Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza is a bit like sitting next to a waterfall — no, make that a torrent. Ideas and words pour out of Broza in an almost unceasing flow, from memories of his beloved grandfather, Wellesley Aron, to the peace work he himself […]

  • 15 April, 2017

Jewish founders recalled in agency re-brand

For the Jewish News Posted March 30 2017 One of Britain’s top advertising agencies is to rebrand itself in the names of its original Jewish founders, as part of a campaign to encourage diversity in the advertising industry. Grey London, whose headquarters are in Hatton Garden, the heart of the jewellery trade, has reached back […]

  • 30 March, 2017

Spy in the house

For the JC published March 24 2017 Years ago I used to enjoy — in a bad way — the books of a novelist, who shall remain anonymous to spare her blushes. The point was that it didn’t really matter which of the writer’s many, many oeuvres I got out of the library, as the […]

  • 24 March, 2017

Protesters shut the Falk up

For the Times of Israel posted March 22 2017 LONDON — A British campus speaking tour came to an abrupt end on Tuesday for Professor Richard Falk, when Middlesex University cancelled his appearance scheduled for Wednesday. The tour was intended to promote his book, “Palestine’s Horizon: Towards a Just Peace.” Falk is a former UN […]

  • 22 March, 2017

IDF gives hope to autistic young people

For the Jewish News published March 10 2017 “He will never be a soldier” is a phrase to chill the blood of many Israeli parents, when the army tells them that for physical or mental reasons, their child won’t make it into the Israel Defence Forces. Not being in the army can have a catastrophic […]

  • 6 March, 2017

We kids were there too

LONDON — It was just a routine follow-up call to 120 British synagogues — but in one of those calls, a charity found buried treasure. The long-dormant lives of London Jews during World War I are hardly on the radar of the majority of Britons. But “London Jews in the First World War,” funded by […]

  • 3 March, 2017

Twin stories of refugees, 80 years apart

For the Times of Israel posted February 16 2017 Heinz Hirschberg was 13 years old when he made the first of two escapes from the Nazis. And the Syrian-born Ahmed, whose surname we do not know, was around 10 or 11 when he fled his native land. Eighty years separate the terrible experiences of the […]

  • 16 February, 2017

The Russians aren’t just coming, they’re here

For the Jewish News Feb 11 2017 Ekaterina Braun, who was born and brought up in Russia, has lived in Germany since 2006. She works as a translator and in her small Jewish community she was the organiser of the family club. But in the last decade, even in Germany, she has never known an […]

  • 12 February, 2017