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London welcomes Israeli foodie invasion

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel July 5 2015 LONDON — Yotam Ottolenghi started it, and now the names of Israeli chefs and their cheerful and relaxed style of cooking are as familiar to London foodies as Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. For the past six years, the annual Gefiltefest has been a […]

  • 5 July, 2015

Israeli flag cause of clash at anti-hate rally

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel July 3 2015 LONDON — A bitter row broke out at the end of a rally Friday in Golders Green, north London. Under the slogan “Golders Green Together,” the rally was called to demonstrate opposition to a proposed neo-Nazi gathering that had been planned for the neighbourhood, […]

  • 3 July, 2015

It’s all about facepalm

Column for Jewish News July 3 2015 by Jenni Frazer There are days when Israel does something so profoundly stupid that the only sensible response is to groan and cover one’s eyes. Facepalm, is the useful term. And facepalm was the instinctive reaction when the Foreign Ministry proudly unveiled – and fairly swiftly re-veiled – […]

  • 3 July, 2015

Who killed Jeremiah Duggan?

Erica Duggan for the Times of Israel July 2 2015 In the course of an hour-long interview about her dead son, Jeremiah, Erica Duggan only loses composure once, even when she is is relating the most distressing of details. It is mention of Jeremiah’s girlfriend, Maya Villanueva, which brings tears to Duggan’s eyes. Villanueva, as […]

  • 3 July, 2015

Cops move neo-Nazi demo out of Golders Green

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel June 30 2015 LONDON — A threatened neo-Nazi rally in the heart of Jewish north London has been moved by police to a location in the centre of the city and away from the heavily Jewish neighbourhood of Golders Green. The far-right organisers of the rally, due […]

  • 30 June, 2015

The sport of Diving Chess

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel LONDON — Chess, says Etan Ilfeld, runs in his blood. But even knowing that doesn’t account for the success of the 38-year-old chess master’s bizarre invention, Diving Chess. Yes, Diving Chess really is a thing, and even more weirdly, it was inspired by Chess Boxing. Ilfeld, who […]

  • 30 June, 2015

Asghar’s a “shoe-in”

Column for JN issue June 19 2015 by Jenni Frazer Of all items of clothing, shoes carry a certain potency, both within Judaism and Islam. Judaism has a somewhat arcane ceremony known as halitzah, in which a brother-in-law renounces his right to marry his deceased brother’s childless widow (I said it was arcane), and a […]

  • 18 June, 2015

The Queen of Teen angst: Keren David

Keren David for the Jewish News May 17 2015 by Jenni Frazer Confession time. It’s really difficult – and really rather odd – to interview someone you have known for years. But Keren David, the highly regarded Young Adult writer, makes it a painless process, as we sit in her gleaming bright blue kitchen and […]

  • 18 June, 2015

I’ve become thicker-skinned since living in Israel

Matthew Gould, the outgoing British ambassador to Israel – and the first Jew in the post – speaks to Jenni Frazer about life in the country, his achievements and prospects for peace. It’s rare for an ambassador to extend his or her term of office. Rare, but not unknown. But it’s particularly rare for a […]

  • 18 June, 2015

Step up and speak out on July 4

Column for Jewish News June 5 2015 Almost too much news this week: Jeffrey Spector, FIFA, Tony Blair, George Galloway, the Chief Rabbi, a Charedi ban on women drivers and the looming neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green. At first glance, none of these stories has anything in common except their very notoriety in the public […]

  • 3 June, 2015