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All you need to know, on one foot

Column for JN issue Oct 19 2018 by Jenni Frazer I’m not, as a rule, a great quoter of Jewish sages, but I couldn’t help offering this from Hillel, as the most apposite comment on a couple of weeks of turbulent events. Hillel said: “That which is despicable to you, do not do to your […]

  • 15 October, 2018

The peer whose faith helped build a house

For the Jewish Chronicle published October 5 2018 One of Britain’s most senior Muslim figures, Lord Ahmad, believes there has been “a real step change among progressive-thinking imams” in the Islamic community towards those who “peddle hatred against the Jewish community”. Lord Ahmad, a Conservative peer and the prime minister’s special representative for freedom of […]

  • 7 October, 2018

Jerusalem as you have rarely seen her

For the Jewish Chronicle published October 5 2018 Every visitor to the Old City of Jerusalem must wish that he or she could take endless photographs, to try to capture the essence of the area. So often, that essential image escapes us — and we are never there for long enough. Rejoice then, in the […]

  • 7 October, 2018

When enough really is enough

For Jewish News September 17 2018 Home Secretary Sajid Javid sent a message of support and solidarity to Sunday’s Manchester #EnoughisEnough rally, telling the Jewish community: “You are not alone”. It was a heartfelt message echoed by the city’s mayor, Andy Burnham, whose deputy, Baroness Hughes, joined a huge crowd of 2,500 from all over […]

  • 18 September, 2018

UK charity inspired by Holocaust stories launches fertility campaign

For Jewish News posted September 18 2018 A survivor’s tragic story, retold in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the inspirational memory of doctor Gisella Perl and the work of a reproductive specialist have all come together to create a remarkable campaign launched this week — Life For A Life. It is a fundraising campaign designed to help young Jewish […]

  • 18 September, 2018

The survivors’ survivor

For the Jewish News September 14 2018 It’s any suburban kitchen and two parents are arguing — with evident love and affection — with their grown-up son. The audience watching the film is laughing with delighted recognition. For this is not just any suburban kitchen: it is the home of the recently knighted Sir Ben […]

  • 14 September, 2018

My grandfather, the respectable man

For the Jewish Chronicle, September 6 2018 I’m sitting in the reading room of the National Archives at Kew, waiting for a file. And suddenly I think that perhaps no-one has looked at this file for just over 100 years. Wow. I am really excited. I’ve been to the National Archives numerous times, but never […]

  • 6 September, 2018

We are British Jews…

For the Times of Israel posted September 2 2018 We Are British Jews for the Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer August 29 2018 Eight British Jews went to Israel with the BBC in February. One has already made aliyah, and a second is making plans to do the same. The eight men and women […]

  • 3 September, 2018

Where were the big beasts?

Column for the Jewish News Sept 3 2018 Column JN Sept 6 2018 by Jenni Frazer I spent Sunday at the Jewish Labour Movement conference — which was a bit, as they say, like the curate’s egg — good in parts. (Is there such a thing as a rabbi’s egg, I wonder anxiously? Perhaps best […]

  • 3 September, 2018

Events, dear readers, events

Column for Jewish News August 24 2018 I’m not keen on over-dramatising situations, but sometimes it’s useful to look at words attributed to Harold Macmillan, when asked what was most likely to blow a government off course — “Events, dear boy, events.” Let’s consider some of the most recent events. Dame Margaret Hodge MP gave […]

  • 21 August, 2018