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A new kind of address in Jo’burg. Good grief.

For the Jewish News December 10 2018 Hallo, gentle reader. Work with me on this, please, because a little bit of imagination is required here. Imagine, if you would, that, say, Westminster Council decides to do a little bit of road-name overhauling. Its councillors look at relatively innocuous thoroughfares such as Oxford Street — and […]

  • 10 December, 2018

Just answer the questions

Column for Jewish News November 2018 Thanks to what a friend of mine calls “the orange poltroon” in the White House, being a journalist has never felt tougher. The atmosphere is toxic in every country, from America to Russia, from Britain to — of course — Israel. And before readers say, aw, diddums, if you […]

  • 6 December, 2018

Biker boys (and girls) in Berlin

Back to Berlin for JN Nov 2018 from Jenni Frazer Broadcaster and film-maker Catherine Lurie knows a good story when she sees one. Six years ago, as someone with a long association with the World Maccabi movement, she was asked to be a broadcaster for the Maccabi Games of 2013, which were to be held […]

  • 19 November, 2018

Lord Lester exclusive

Lord Lester for JC by Jenni Frazer November 2018 The peer at the centre of a controversial sexual harassment storm has told the Jewish Chronicle that he was “completely devastated” by the claims made against him by Jasvinder Sanghera. Lord Lester of Herne Hill,QC, often described as the father of Britain’s Human Rights Act, was […]

  • 18 November, 2018

Words and weasels

When is an apology not an apology? And what do we want an apology to say, exactly? What qualifies as weasel words, and what is absolutely genuine? Sometimes an apology can be obviously heartfelt and thus will be accepted. I’m thinking of the apology given by the Labour MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, after […]

  • 15 November, 2018

Reviews of the Little Drummer Girl episodes 1-6 for the Jewish Chronicle

Episode 1 If there is an overriding impression to take away from John le Carre’s epic thriller The Little Drummer Girl, it is the dismal whiff of cigarettes and failure. The Le Carre novel, published in 1983, was set in 1979. And anyone who lived through the 70s will remember the decade for one thing — it […]

  • 13 November, 2018

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