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.


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

Nothing like a nice cuppa

For the JC August 23 2019 About four years ago the writer Thomas Harding and his daughter Sam were walking around central London. Harding pointed out building after building — landmarks such as the Trocadero, hotels such as the Cumberland and the Strand Palace — which had once belonged to his family company, J Lyons […]

  • 22 August, 2019

My tribute to the late, great, Geoffrey Paul

For the JC August 5 2019 This is the story I hoped never to have to write, an appreciation — in every sense of the word — of my dearest late boss, Geoffrey Paul. GDP, as he was known throughout the Furnival Street headquarters of the Jewish Chronicle, was one of the kindest men I […]

  • 5 August, 2019

And here’s a geshrei

For the Times of Israel sent June 4 2019 With the air of a triumphant conjurer, Benjamin Dreyer, the copy editors’ copy editor — he is the veteran copy chief of Random House publishers — says that in his new book, “Dreyer’s English”, there are two important Yiddish words. “There’s a ‘geshrei’ and there’s an […]

  • 21 June, 2019