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The heroes of World War One

For the JC November 2018 “England has been all she could be to Jews, Jews will all they can be to England”. That was the famous Jewish Chronicle exhortation at the start of World War One, the war which was pivotal in British Jewish commitment to serving in the armed forces. It was not, as […]

  • 2 November, 2018

In JW3 they wept for the victims of Pittsburgh shootings

Pittsburgh vigil for JN Oct 29 2018 by Jenni Frazer Jessica Weinberg Neiss is not a familiar name to British Jews — or any part of British society. And yet it was she who drew both applause and tears on Monday night, at a vigil attended by hundreds of people, Jews and members of Christian, […]

  • 2 November, 2018

Israel takes two steps forward and 100 years back

Column JN Nov 2 2018 by Jenni Frazer It has been a roller-coaster week for Israel and the Jewish world. Leaving aside the horrors of the shooting in Pittsburgh — at a place the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, David Lau, could not bring himself to describe as a synagogue — we have had interactions […]

  • 2 November, 2018

Secrets and spies

For the JC by Jenni Frazer The actress Helen Lederer knew from the age of 10 that she wanted to act and perform. In a programme to be shown as part of the BBC’s Remembrance Week, she learns two remarkable wartime stories of her family — her grandfather, Arnost, who was a “secret spy”, and […]

  • 2 November, 2018

Rabbi Rich at odds with community over Labour

Danny Rich by Jenni Frazer Oct 2018 One of the community’s most senior rabbis, Danny Rich, has warned that the Jewish community needs to find a way of working with the Labour Party, adding that Anglo-Jewry “is in danger of being accused of only desiring regime change in the Labour Party — and there is […]

  • 23 October, 2018

The Jewish world’s hidden gem

For the Jewish News posted Oct 18 2018 Jonathan Brent, executive director of YIVO, reckons he has the best job in the world. And, after a short time with this genial academic, it’s hard not to agree. YIVO – Yiddisher Visnshaftlekher Institut, or Yiddish Scientific Institute, now more formally known as the YIVO Institute for […]

  • 18 October, 2018

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