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How David Baddiel runs the world (not quite) and sends the Corbynistas crazy

Column for Jewish News June 8 2018 So, I had that antisemite in the back of my cab. And you know what I said to him? Do yah? Do yah? Nah, I don’t remember either. Tchaboom! I’m here all week. We know — at least we ought to know, because he never tires of telling […]

  • 4 June, 2018

Roseanne, who we wish were not Jewish

Roseanne for the JC by Jenni Frazer May 30 2018 The nicest thing, perhaps, that one could say about the writer and comedienne Roseanne Barr, is that she has a conflicted relationship with Judaism and Israel. She sprang to fame for being white trash and proud of it. Her TV sitcom, Roseanne, which she wrote […]

  • 30 May, 2018

Encounter with a legend

Barak for JN May 29 2018 by Jenni Frazer Ehud Barak’s memoir has a what-it-says-on-the-tin title: “My Country, My Life, Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace”. Israel’s 10th prime minister, from 1999 to 2001, is still, at 76, the joint most highly decorated soldier in Israel’s history, and it is clear that the one-time kibbutznik […]

  • 29 May, 2018

I had that Marilyn Monroe in my studio…

For the Times of Israel posted May 29 2018 Without doubt, few men can declare, with a straight face, “Marilyn Monroe was my babysitter”. And yet this is the unique boast of Joshua Greene, an American photographer and digital film restorer, who has achieved the seemingly impossible by restoring the thousands of pictures of the […]

  • 29 May, 2018

When in Gaul, do as Asterix and Obelix do…

Asterix the Jewish Gaul for Times of Israel posted May 23 2018 Children all over the world are familiar with the comic creation, Asterix the Gaul, and his sidekick, Obelix. The pair, along with a raft of characters from Druids to Romans, rejoice in a series of adventures where Rome, uncharacteristically, is usually defeated. The […]

  • 24 May, 2018

Gilad Atzmon to face libel action

For the Jewish News posted May 22 2018 A libel case brought by the chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), Gideon Falter, against the Israeli-born jazz musician Gilad Atzmon, will now go ahead after a High Court judge ruled against Mr Atzmon in much of his defence argument. Mr Atzmon, who describes himself as […]

  • 23 May, 2018

Yippee, I made the Times diary

Times Diary May 15 2018 OSBORNE GETS HIS WISH George Osborne recently discovered that he is Jewish via his maternal grandmother, a Hungarian immigrant who never mentioned her roots. This has given the former chancellor great joy. A few years ago he told guests at a Jewish community event that he had had so many […]

  • 15 May, 2018

And the women sweep the Board

For the Jewish News May 13 2018 The top table of the Board of Deputies has been transformed as women candidates triumphed in the elections on Sunday. Marie van der Zyl, an employment lawyer, beat three other contenders to become only the second woman president in the Board’s 250-year history; and Sheila Gewolb has become […]

  • 14 May, 2018

On the road with the United Synagogue

For the JC published May 14 2018 Israel’s president has pledged the country’s solidarity with the UK Jewish community in the wake of attacks from the left and right of the political spectrum. In a warm and sympathetic address, Mr Rivlin spoke to 160 members of the United Synagogue (US) who were in Israel on […]

  • 14 May, 2018

Board rings changes

For Jewish News May 13 2018 The top table of the Board of Deputies has been transformed as women candidates triumphed in the elections on Sunday. Marie van der Zyl, an employment lawyer, beat three other contenders to become only the second woman president in the Board’s 250-year history; and Sheila Gewolb has become senior […]

  • 13 May, 2018