Humanitarian relief bid — world exclusive

Moti Kahana for Jewish News Oct 2023 An ambitious plan to secure the release of all the remaining hostages in the Gaza Strip — together with the bodies of fallen Israel soldiers held by Hamas since 2014 — is being put together by American-Israeli entrepreneur Moti Kahana, Jewish News can reveal. The two-stage plan, put […]

  • 13 November, 2023

Dennis Ross: hard choices face Israel after the war

Dennis Ross For Jewish News Nov 13 2023 America’s most experienced Middle East diplomat, Ambassador Dennis Ross, says Israel has “an excruciating dilemma” in its war with Hamas. But he told Jewish News that although he is firmly against a ceasefire, because he believes Hamas will only use the opportunity to regroup and re-arm, nevertheless […]

  • 13 November, 2023

A land of blood and violence

For the Jewish Chronicle September 29 2023 Lavie Tidhar’s Maror was one of the sensational novels of 2022, a violent rollercoaster and drug-fuelled ride into Israel’s history, with a particular focus on the Lebanon war of 1983. Now, in Adama, Tidhar reaches even further back, first to the death camps of Europe and then to […]

  • 2 October, 2023

Shedding light on a dark chapter of history

For the Sunday Telegraph October 1 2023 For decades, the police station in Iași stood as a grim reminder of one of the darkest chapters in Romania’s history. In its courtyard in June 1941, some 13,500 Jews – more than a tenth of the city’s population – were rounded up and slaughtered by a mob […]

  • 2 October, 2023

No longer Dracula, though there was blood

For Jewish News October 5 2023 What do you think of when you hear the word “Romania”? Perhaps some weak jokes about Transylvania and Dracula, echoed by the rubbishy fridge magnets and keyrings I saw last week in the duty free shop at Iasi airport. It’s certainly not mass murder of Jews which springs first […]

  • 2 October, 2023

I’m Harvey, fly me

For Jewish News Sep 2023 It is safe to say that the music mogul Harvey Lisberg is no Walter Yetnikoff, the infamous record industry executive whose career — even by his own lights — was a litany of drugs, drugs and even more drugs. But Lisberg, speaking from his home in Los Angeles where he […]

  • 21 September, 2023

Touring Jewish history, one object at a time

For Jewish News Life magazine September 2023 Interested in Mozart’s love letters to his wife, Constanze? or the early writings of Isaac Newton? Or perhaps Rosh Hashanah greeting cards are more your thing, or gorgeous calligraphy showing the Gates of Heaven opening on Yom Kippur? All of these and much, much more, can be found […]

  • 14 September, 2023

Peston — the potted version

For Jewish News Life magazine September 2023 It’s sometimes said that if you want something done, ask a busy person. Such a one is ITN’s singular political editor, Robert Peston, who is opening the High Holiday season with a flourish. Not only does he have a non-fiction book coming out later this year, but the […]

  • 14 September, 2023

On the trail of Nazi stolen art

For the JC Rosh Hashanah magazine September2023 On a chilly London evening earlier this year, an excited crowd temporarily held their breath as a painting went on sale. It was no ordinary painting: it was Wassily Kandinsky’s glorious Murnau mit Kirche II, which fetched a new auction record of £37.2 million for the artist. In […]

  • 14 September, 2023

Sending people to die — a heartbreaking account of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

For JC Rosh Hashanah magazine September 2023 Exactly 77 years ago, on September 18 1946, a Jewish woman, Rachel Auerbach, went to the ruins of a house in Warsaw, the streets unrecognisable after the destruction of the ghetto by the Nazis in April and May 1943. Together with Hersz Wasser and his wife Bluma, Rachel […]

  • 14 September, 2023