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.

The fraudster who claims he is a spy

For the Jewish Chronicle December 16 2016 According to the man I meet in a luxury flat in north-west London, he hails from not one but two great Sephardi banking families — the Cattauis and Sassoons. He is, he tells me, a former US Marine officer — a veteran of three theatres of war and […]

  • 21 December, 2016

Ageing, but well

For the JC issue December 9 2016 Not a week passes in the JC Social and Personal pages without someone celebrating landmark birthdays. And more and more often, the celebrants are in their ninth decade or have received their 100th birthday telegrams from the Queen — and seem set to go on. And on. As […]

  • 11 December, 2016

The great survivor

For the JC issue December 9 2016 In possibly his most entertaining Jewish joke ever, the film star Kirk Douglas turned to his wife Anne and marvelled that every pillowcase in their hotel bedroom had his initials already embroidered there. Anne guffawed: because, of course, they were in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. For […]

  • 11 December, 2016

The crimes of Kasztner

For the Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer, posted November 15 2016 LONDON — Most historians probably have a good idea of their central thesis even before they begin the laborious spadework of research. But for British Jewish historian Paul Bogdanor, his ambition to find material defending the controversial wartime Zionist leader, Rudolf Kasztner, was […]

  • 15 November, 2016

Leonard Cohen and the essence of menschlichkeit

Leonard Cohen for the JC by Jenni Frazer Nov 11 2016 When I first met Leonard Cohen he was weighing up whether Manchester bagels were any match for his native Montreal offerings. And that was the thing about Cohen: he never, throughout his long life, made any attempt to be anything other than what he […]

  • 12 November, 2016

Refugees then, refugees today

For the Jewish Chronicle October 28 2016 A Bitter Road exhibition at Wiener Library by Jenni Frazer for JC Oct 19 2016 Deep in the heart of central London’s Bloomsbury, echoes of the refugee voices of 80 years ago still seem embedded in the pavements. In a remarkable exhibition opening next week at the Wiener […]

  • 27 October, 2016

Groundbreaking Jewish TV channel

For The Times published October 2 2016 For Jews all over the world — even the less observant ones — the forthcoming month of festivals, beginning with Rosh Hashanah (New Year) next week (October 3 and 4), and continuing with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), is a month of stocktaking. How did we do […]

  • 5 October, 2016

Shimon Peres tribute

Peres for the JC by Jenni Frazer September 2016 There’s a picture on my living-room windowsill of me shaking hands with Shimon Peres. I have tried and failed to figure out what office of state Peres was occupying at the time, because no matter what the political temperature in Israel, Peres always seems to have […]

  • 30 September, 2016

Cable Street — who was there?

By Jenni Frazer for the Jewish Chronicle Sept 30 2016 Cable Street by Jenni Frazer for the JC September 15 2016 “My father didn’t really say a lot, but he did tell me about Cable Street. He and my grandfather were there. My father, Israel, and his father, Wolf. My father spoke about being pushed […]

  • 30 September, 2016

New memorial for the 23 young Jews of the Palmach

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel, posted September 15 2016 Seventy-five years after a group of young Jewish men disappeared without trace in the waters between Haifa and Lebanon, their names have been commemorated in a British military cemetery. The memorial at Brookwood’s Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Surrey, south-west England, has been […]

  • 15 September, 2016