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We will decide when it’s time to talk

Column for Jewish News February 12 2019 Last week, as if she didn’t have enough on her plate, the MP Luciana Berger was gently exhorting people to observe Time To Talk Day, an initiative relating to mental health, her special interest. It struck me that “time to talk” might be a useful mantra for some […]

  • 12 February, 2019

Every picture worth a thousand words

Prague re-creation for the JC Feb 2019 In mid-August 1945, hundreds of young Jews, survivors of the Nazi Holocaust, posed for three remarkable photographs in front of an iconic memorial in the centre of Prague. Those standing in front of the Jan Hus memorial in Prague’s Old Town Square were to become known as The […]

  • 8 February, 2019

Why fish smells from the head

Column JN February 1 2019 by Jenni Frazer I have reached the stage where every time I even so much as see a picture of the Labour leader, I am obliged hurriedly to turn the page. For me, Jeremy Corbyn has become the equivalent of an extremely treife recipe in a glossy cookery book. Nothing […]

  • 31 January, 2019

From those who bear witness

The Last Survivors by Jenni Frazer for JN Jan 14 2019 The faces loom at the viewer out of the dark, captured in almost too much detail, the experiences of a lifetime etched on their skin. Some of the faces are familiar, some could be any senior citizen. But they are not just any senior […]

  • 14 January, 2019

Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three, four!

Column JN January 18 2019 by Jenni Frazer Traditionally — which in marketing-speak actually means something made up in the last five years — this is the bleakest week of the year. It’s the week when all the holiday overspending catches up with people, nobody has yet been paid, and January feels like the longest […]

  • 14 January, 2019

A teaspoon of loving kindness

Column JN for January 4 2019 by Jenni Frazer Of the many “me with” pictures and remembrances in the wake of the death of Israel’s acclaimed author, Amos Oz, a few stand out for me. One is a shot of a young and happy Barbra Streisand with Oz, two beautiful people, full of life and […]

  • 31 December, 2018

Janner case aired in Lords debate

Janner Lords debate December 2018 for JN by Jenni Frazer The procedures in Britain’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse have been denounced by Lord Campbell-Savours as “an affront to natural justice”, which have led to the “trashing of reputations” — particularly that of the late Lord Janner. Lord Campbell-Savours, a Labour peer, tabled an […]

  • 23 December, 2018

Romantic Zionist takes to the stage

Stephen Laughton for Times of Israel December 2018 In the summer of 2014, the-self-styled “romantic Zionist”, playwright Stephen Laughton, was working part-time in PR at the BBC. During that feverish period, pro and anti-Israel rallies regularly demonstrated outside the building that Laughton was working in. “One day I left the building and walked smack into […]

  • 23 December, 2018

Kinder to receive compensation for lost childhood

For Jewish News December 2018 In a unique agreement, the last survivors of the Kindertransport — the 10,000 children who came to Britain in 1938 from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia — are to receive one-off compensation payments, as a result of prolonged negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German government. Greg Schneider, executive vice-president […]

  • 21 December, 2018

How to live in the West Bank with no Hebrew

For the JC December 2018 The mayor of one of the biggest settlements in the West Bank, Efrat, has belied the stereotype of “settler image” by speaking out strongly against Israel’s security wall and also calling for “those behind the ‘price tag’ violence to be put behind bars”. (Price tag attacks are acts of violence […]

  • 14 December, 2018