Save the children

Column JN July 8 2018 Pious politicians and columnists alike have something in common — they praise action when it is “the right thing to do”. I will lay bets that almost everyone, across the political spectrum, is in agreement on one thing — the lousy state of Israel’s public image. Well, I have an […]

  • 5 July, 2018

How David Baddiel runs the world (not quite) and sends the Corbynistas crazy

Column for Jewish News June 8 2018 So, I had that antisemite in the back of my cab. And you know what I said to him? Do yah? Do yah? Nah, I don’t remember either. Tchaboom! I’m here all week. We know — at least we ought to know, because he never tires of telling […]

  • 4 June, 2018

Curses, curses, everywhere

Column for Jewish News May 10 2018 While, as we all know, Yiddish curses are the best, having a flavour and pungency that exists in no other language, the Chinese have their own collection of subtle nudges. One of the best-known is “may you live in interesting times”. Well, you’ll get no argument from me […]

  • 10 May, 2018

Natalie hates Beebs, yah, boo…

Column JN April 28 2018 by Jenni Frazer Politics, we are often told, makes strange bedfellows, a dictum of which we could scarcely fail to be reminded in the wake of this week’s Natalie Portman furore. For those who have been asleep in their caves over the winter and are just peering out to see […]

  • 23 April, 2018

Shopping hell

Column JN March 2018 from Jenni This column is being brought to you by the magic of technology. Since I have broken my arm, I am learning about a whole new world of the one-handed — and included in the things that I can do seems to be writing by voice recognition, although it is […]

  • 2 April, 2018

Prince William, the movie…

Column for JN March 2018 from Jenni Frazer Dateline: Summer 2018, Kensington Palace. Interior: A Royal apartment. Suitcases are sprawled all over the room. Catherine is supervising the packing, William is flapping. Catherine: I wish I were coming with you, darling. It’s going to be an exciting visit. And look — you don’t need to […]

  • 5 March, 2018

A restaurant rant

For the JC February 9 2018 “Where”, said my non-Jewish friend, “can I take this man for dinner? He is observant and sophisticated. I want the equivalent of — oh, I don’t know, Le Gavroche, or Galvin la Chapelle.” Ah, I said. You mean, it has to have tablecloths and matching china. And I thought, […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Goodbye to Crumpsall

For the JC posted December 23 2017 Crumpsall farewell by Jenni Frazer for JC December 2017 Usually, when we read of the closure of a synagogue, it is as a result of the fall in numbers of the community which it served. Examples such as Sunderland, Grimsby, even most recently Nottingham, come to mind. But […]

  • 23 December, 2017

Jerusalem and the Rubik Cube

Column for JN December 15 2017 Jerusalem. There, I’ve said it, the J-word, the capital which dares not speak its name. I don’t know about you, but what I have taken from the great Jerusalem furore this week is a sense that those who have been kidding themselves for the last number of years are […]

  • 16 December, 2017

You must remember this

Column for Jewish News November 30 2017 This week, o best beloveds. marks an extraordinary anniversary — 75 years since “Casablanca” was unveiled on screen to become one of, if not the, favourite films of all time. I forget how old I was when I first saw Casablanca, lying on the carpet in front of […]

  • 28 November, 2017