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.

Diana, 20 years on

For the JC August 2017 Just when you might think everything that could be said about the late Princess Diana, has been said, something will emerge to debunk that theory. Apart from the Daily Express, which is in a category of its own where the former Princess of Wales is concerned, the 20th anniversary of […]

  • 24 August, 2017

Kissin and kissing cousins

For the Times of Israel posted July 29 2017 With admirable frankness, the classical pianist Evgeny Kissin says he wrote his book, “Memoirs and Reflections” because in the course of many interviews he has been repeatedly asked the same questions. Nevertheless, the very publication prompts even more questions, so the Moscow-born Kissin may have to […]

  • 29 July, 2017

Susi’s painful story

For the Jewish Chronicle July 2017 Susi Bechhofer by Jenni Frazer for JC July 2017 “I must move on now, Mother. You and most of the family went to the gas chambers, without my knowing”. “Dear Miss Bechhofer, are you our cousin? If so, are you not one of twins?” Nearly 40 years separate these […]

  • 23 July, 2017

Jewish Tories and a LibDem

For the Times of Israel posted June 7 2017 LONDON — The Jewish vote was so important to Conservative politician Zac Goldsmith during his unsuccessful run for mayor of London last year that the candidate launched his campaign at London’s Jewish Community Centre, JW3. Goldsmith, who is not halachically Jewish, has nonetheless suffered antisemitism due […]

  • 7 June, 2017

Labour candidates

For the Times of Israel posted June 5 2017 LONDON — After two leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) decided to toss their hats into the ring to square off against two pro-Israel Conservative MPs in Britain’s June 8 general election, it looks like all bets are off. Chairman and vice-chairman of the JLM […]

  • 6 June, 2017

On the road in Finchley and Golders Green

For the Jewish News published May 11 2017 On a gorgeous late spring morning, Mike Freer is sitting on a bench in a lushly gardened Golders Green neighbourhood, almost entirely occupied by strictly Orthodox families. This is Freer’s third election: he won the seat in 2010, following the death of Labour’s Rudi Vis, who had […]

  • 11 May, 2017

Baltimore Boys fail to charm

For the Jewish Chronicle published April 28 2017 We all remember, I expect, days in our childhood or adolescence when it seemed as though nothing would ever happen, that the world would never move on and allow us to… do stuff. That sense of torpor permeates every one of the 448 pages of Joel Dicker’s […]

  • 2 May, 2017

Spot the villain

For the JC published April 21 2107 Before the Kray twins and other notorious East End villains, there were – inevitably – Jewish gangsters. And the king of the super-villains, the architect of organised crime in the UK – a dubious honour – was Jacob Colmore, more usually known as Jack Spot. Now Jack Spot’s […]

  • 15 April, 2017

The voice of peace

For the JC published April 14 2017 Conversation with the Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza is a bit like sitting next to a waterfall — no, make that a torrent. Ideas and words pour out of Broza in an almost unceasing flow, from memories of his beloved grandfather, Wellesley Aron, to the peace work he himself […]

  • 15 April, 2017

Jewish founders recalled in agency re-brand

For the Jewish News Posted March 30 2017 One of Britain’s top advertising agencies is to rebrand itself in the names of its original Jewish founders, as part of a campaign to encourage diversity in the advertising industry. Grey London, whose headquarters are in Hatton Garden, the heart of the jewellery trade, has reached back […]

  • 30 March, 2017