Getting off the hamster wheel

Column JN issue June 3 2016 by Jenni Frazer A friend was telling me what has become a sadly common experience, that of getting caught up in nonsensical and repetitive bureaucracy. She was advised that her credit card was about to expire, but a new one failed to arrive. Cue one of those intensely irritating […]

  • 2 June, 2016

Enough, already

Column for Jewish News May 20 2016 I’ve seen them all, this past few weeks. Every single type of Jew, from the “Jew-ish” who can’t tell the difference between “the one with apple and honey and the one where you don’t eat”, the liberal secular ones who know what they’re not keeping, the “AsaJews” — […]

  • 16 May, 2016

Cameron unconvinced by own argument

Column JN issue May 6 by Jenni Frazer A Chinese curse, apparently, is “May you live in interesting times.” By that measure, we have all been damned, because the past week or so has provided us with a tsunami of headline-grabbing events, from Hillsborough to Sir Philip Green and the collapse of BHS, from the […]

  • 5 May, 2016

Perception, perception

Column for Jewish News April 21 2016 Perception, I have begun to think, is nine points of the law. If something looks bad, our natural assumption is to believe it IS bad, and generally we fail to make the necessary inquiries. The question is whether to take something at face value or pick it apart […]

  • 21 April, 2016

Nothing to see here, move along

For the Jewish News March 24 2016 Column JN March 25 by Jenni Frazer This week’s Purim celebrations come at the end of a convulsive couple of months for the British Jewish community, and there are no signs that things are going to quieten down any time soon. Everyone who hasn’t been living under a […]

  • 25 March, 2016

Flying too high for their hats

Column for the Jewish News March 11 2016 Column JN issue March 12 from Jenni Frazer Classic news stories in both tabloids and broadsheets sometimes begin with the hoary introduction, “Mystery surrounds…” Unfortunately mystery does indeed surround the peculiar case of Renee Rabinowitz and El Al Israel Airlines. Ms Rabinowitz, a lively 81-year-old retired lawyer, […]

  • 7 March, 2016

Rise of the repellent pustule

Column for Jewish News issue Feb 26 2016 from Jenni Frazer They were the pictures that were a gift to columnists – me included – up and down the land: the images of the UKIP leader Nigel Farage, sporting his green “Go” tie, with his arm around the shoulders of the one-time Respect MP and […]

  • 23 February, 2016

Salmond and a sense of timing

For the Jewish News issue Feb 5 2016 Column for JN Feb 5 2016 by Jenni Frazer There are readers – and I freely admit that from time to time I have been among their number – who have only to see the words “Council of Europe” and their immediate response is to curl up […]

  • 3 February, 2016

Israel’s schlep-free suitcase

Column for Jewish News January 16 2016 by Jenni Frazer So you’re at the airport en route to somewhere fabulous – possibly Israel – but your hands are full. And even though your suitcase is the newest, coolest, and probably most expensive in the whole of Stanmore, you still haven’t been able to grow an […]

  • 11 January, 2016

Forget the C word

Column for Jewish News January 1 2015 So finally, it is behind us. The C-word, that is. When even the Chief Rabbi issued year-end words of wisdom to tie in with those of the Archbishop of Canterbury, we are entitled to wonder about the pervasiveness of Christmas. When my Hindu newspaper boy drops in a […]

  • 2 January, 2016