Features

Good journalists are endlessly curious and should be endlessly enthusiastic. My features run the gamut from politics to travel writing. They all have one thing in common – to transmit that enthusiasm to the reader.


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For the Times of Israel November 23 2019 LONDON — On the cover of photographer John Offenbach’s new book, the uncompromisingly titled “Jew,” there is an exquisite picture of a bald, lightly-bearded man. The viewer can gaze at this cover photograph and guess that he probably belongs to Israel’s Ethiopian community, but there are no […]

  • 24 November, 2019

Triumph of the Mad Silkman

For the JC Nov 2019 This is a story of silk, skis, Picasso and Queen’s Park Rangers — and a promise made more than 20 years ago and now fulfilled. “The day my father died in 1992”, says Peter Ascher, “I promised that one day I would bring him back to Prague”. With the publication […]

  • 13 November, 2019

Whose boys are Our Boys?

For the JC by Jenni Frazer In June 2014, Israel’s Foreign Ministry decided to revive a project, inviting Jewish journalists from abroad for a week’s intensive media discussions. During the week of our visit, I, and the other Jewish journalists in Jerusalem, naturally tuned in to the big news story of the day: the fate […]

  • 29 October, 2019

Dogged determination by vet saves pets

For the JC October 11 2019 As a small boy — a self-described “nerdy Jewish geek from Stanmore” — all Marc Abraham wanted to do was to help animals. Last week, Marc The Vet, as he has become known to millions of TV viewers, was celebrating a double triumph. He has succeeded in getting what […]

  • 11 October, 2019

When everything is Schiff-shaped

For the Jewish News September 2019 If you could take Rabbi Naftali Schiff’s enthusiasm and bottle it, you might well have enough rocket fuel to serve the whole of British Jewry. That, at any rate, is the over-riding impression after a fast-track gallop around the premises of Schiff’s Hendon “baby” — the multi-organisation headquarters of […]

  • 6 October, 2019

You’re never too old

First date for JC September 2019 by Jenni Frazer It must be admitted that as first date conversations go, announcing that you are a Holocaust survivor could be a bit of a dampener. But in Channel 4’s rather charming “First Dates Hotel”, which is on TV tonight — Thursday September 19 — this revelation by […]

  • 18 September, 2019

I just want a friend — Renia Spiegel’s plea

Renia’s Diary for JC Sept 2019 by Jenni Frazer January 31 1939 sounds like an auspicious date for a dreamy teenager to begin her diary. And so it was for Renia Spiegel, a Polish Jewish girl living with her sister and grandparents in Przemysl. “I just want a friend”, she says in her opening entry, […]

  • 17 September, 2019

Turning the Jewish world upside down

For the JC September 2019 by Jenni Frazer Circus woman for JC Sep 2019 by Jenni Frazer The improbable combination of Jews and circuses turns out to be not just probable, but rooted in historical fact — from Jewish clowns and acrobats to Jewish-owned circuses and even dynasties of Jewish circus performers. In the 19th […]

  • 17 September, 2019

Why the Allies didn’t bomb Auschwitz

For the JC by Jenni Frazer It is a question asked repeatedly about the horrors of the Nazi genocide against the Jews: why, once the details had become known to the Allies, did they not destroy the railway lines and then bomb Auschwitz? In a remarkable and painful programme to be screened on BBC2 on […]

  • 17 September, 2019

Blow up

For the JC August 29 2019 I’m in a members’ club in Soho and the staff are behaving in a way I have rarely seen in such spaces, running up and downstairs, cooing and making happy little faces. The object of this behaviour is not an animal or a pretty baby, but a petite woman […]

  • 22 August, 2019