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Southampton: basic error

Column for the Jewish News, April 17 2015 This week I crave readers’ indulgence for returning to the painful subject of the Southampton Israel conference. Who said this, in The Guardian, in April 2010? “To argue – as an academic or in an academic setting – that the state of Israel should be destroyed seems, […]

  • 20 April, 2015

Belsen liberation remembered

For the Times of Israel April 17 2015 Belsen/March of the Living for Times of Israel April 17 2015 by Jenni Frazer The voices, frail and quavering, were singing a familiar melody – but the words were not the same. Over a timespan of 70 years and a lifetime of pain, suffering and survival, British […]

  • 20 April, 2015

Yiddish singer brings to life voices silenced by the Holocaust

BY JENNI FRAZER for the Times of Israel April 5, 2015 LONDON — For Israelis and Anglos alike, Bente Kahan’s multi-lingual abilities are a thing of wonder. Born and raised in Norway, a graduate in performing arts at Tel Aviv University and at New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the actress and singer lives […]

  • 6 April, 2015

Southampton’s hate-fest

Column Jewish News issue April 3 by Jenni Frazer Tonight at Seder, many of us will have questions to ask about freedom. Freedom for our people who escaped from Egypt; freedom for 21st century Jews to live in peace; and, inevitably, freedom of speech and the power of language. Last week I was involved in […]

  • 2 April, 2015

Is that Elijah? No, it’s the cab driver

Interfaith Seder for Jewish News issue April 3 2015 by Jenni Frazer It was, perhaps, only at an interfaith Seder, with much giggling, that it could have been suggested that the fiercely atheist Richard Dawkins might be a shoo-in to star as Pharaoh in a re-enactment of the Ten Plagues. In a remarkable demonstration of […]

  • 1 April, 2015

Advocates for Israel at We Believe

Advocates for Israel Jewish News March 27 2015 by Jenni Frazer One of Israel’s most persuasive advocates, Dr Einat Wilf, told the Jewish News this week that she would be in favour of “a mechanism allowing diaspora Jews more of a voice” in the future of Israel. Dr Wilf, who gave two presentations at the […]

  • 26 March, 2015

Labour Friends of Israel at We Believe

Labour Friends of Israel Jewish News March 27 Shadow cabinet minister Ivan Lewis was sharply critical of a minority in the Jewish community in a well-attended session on the Labour Party and Israel at Sunday’s We Believe in Israel conference. Sitting with MP Dame Anne McGuire, former MP for Hendon Andrew Dismore, and the director […]

  • 26 March, 2015

We Believe confererence 2015

We Believe for Jewish News March 27 2015 by Jenni Frazer Hundreds of people gave a rapturous reception to Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, as he sought support from delegates to the 2015 We Believe in Israel conference. More than 1500 people, Jews and non-Jews, came to central London on Sunday from all […]

  • 26 March, 2015

Four years is too long to wait

Jewish News March 27 2015 By Jenni Frazer Outside in the cold spring sunshine, lines of tourists snaked down a central London pavement. Inside the dark brown artificial gloom of a central London hotel, lines of delegates snaked around the morning coffee stall, muttering to each other at the price of an espresso (“£3!”) but […]

  • 26 March, 2015

Of stunts and bad behaviour

Jewish News issue March 13 2015 by Jenni Frazer Jonathan Kalmus, a reporter whom I much admire, decided to see what would happen if he followed in the footsteps of Zvika Klein, the Israeli journalist who was abused in Paris when he spent 10 hours walking around wearing his kippah in public. The stunt – […]

  • 16 March, 2015