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

Do the right thing

Column for JN Oct 31 2017 There are some situations that are, effectively, an open goal, just begging to be highlighted. Such a one is, of course, the lamentable behaviour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the International Judo Federation Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi. Despite urgings from the Federation to the UAE organisers, […]

  • 31 October, 2017

On the side of the angels?

Column for the Jewish News October 19 2017 We all like to think of ourselves as being on the side of the angels, I suppose, aligned with the good guys. Thus, evidently, the avalanche of opinions and “whataboutery” adorning every part of the media in the wake of the scandal over the repellent Harvey Weinstein. […]

  • 19 October, 2017

Sins of the son, not the father

Column for Jewish News September 19 2017 We are widely instructed not to visit the sins of the father upon the son, and, largely, most of us manage to obey that stricture. But how about the other way round, when the “sins” of the son reflect badly on the father or mother? I had cause […]

  • 19 September, 2017

All of a sudden…

Column for the Jewish News September 8 2017 Long ago I tried to get press tickets for Billy Joel in London, only to be told by a truculent press officer that Joel wasn’t Jewish. Imagine, then, my amusement — combined with horror — that the singer had appeared on stage in New York last week […]

  • 1 September, 2017

When it’s time to say sorry, just do it

Column for Jewish News March 21 2017 We know that war is appalling and sometimes terrible mistakes are made, errors of judgment, whatever you want to call them. But equally, sometimes, there is a time to know when to acknowledge such human errors, and quit while you are ahead. The trap into which apologists for […]

  • 21 March, 2017

Campus cut-ups

Column for Jewish News March 10 2017 It would take a heart of stone, Oscar Wilde once perceptively wrote, not to laugh at the death of Little Nell. And indeed Dickens’ mawkish description can only evoke hilarity these days as the inevitable shuffles into meltdown. So it is with part of the boycott student movement, […]

  • 7 March, 2017