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.

Baroness Tonge regrets…

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel, posted January 30 2017 LONDON — Baroness Jenny Tonge, one of Israel’s fiercest critics in the UK, has claimed on Facebook that she was “interrogated” on the Jewish current affairs channel, J-TV, and that she had been “caught in a trap… by a very nasty character who […]

  • 30 January, 2017

The veggie Jewish brothers with the Arab hospitality gene

For the Times of Israel, posted January 14 2017 By Jenni Frazer LONDON — It’s a fair bet that most people have never heard of the chicken of the woods fungus. Yet, with this almost unknown vegetable, the kitchens at The Gate restaurants in London could, if pushed, recreate the authentic taste of bubbe’s chicken […]

  • 14 January, 2017

A kind of Birthright for adult women

By Jenni Frazer for the JC, January 6 2017 “Our endgame”, says Lori Palatnik, “is to strengthen Jewish communities in the diaspora. And we do that by inspiring, educating and empowering women”. Jewish communities throughout the world are used to seeing parades of dark-suited men engaging in earnest discussions about the future of the diaspora. […]

  • 12 January, 2017

The Antiques Roadshow meets the Holocaust

For the Jewish News (and a separate piece for the Sunday Times) Jan 9 2017 Antiques Roadshow for JN by Jenni Frazer It’s just over three years since I went on a press trip to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and was knocked sideways by the astonishing contents of the archives, housed beneath the main building […]

  • 9 January, 2017

Paul Simon’s feet (and hair) of clay

Paul Simon for the JC by Jenni Frazer December 4 2016 Homeward Bound, the Life of Paul Simon, by Peter Ames Carlin, Little Brown, £20 pp415 As it happens, they played a Simon and Garfunkel track — written, of course, by Paul Simon — on this morning’s Desert Island Discs, and it was another opportunity […]

  • 6 January, 2017

The fraudster who claims he is a spy

For the Jewish Chronicle December 16 2016 According to the man I meet in a luxury flat in north-west London, he hails from not one but two great Sephardi banking families — the Cattauis and Sassoons. He is, he tells me, a former US Marine officer — a veteran of three theatres of war and […]

  • 21 December, 2016

Ageing, but well

For the JC issue December 9 2016 Not a week passes in the JC Social and Personal pages without someone celebrating landmark birthdays. And more and more often, the celebrants are in their ninth decade or have received their 100th birthday telegrams from the Queen — and seem set to go on. And on. As […]

  • 11 December, 2016

The great survivor

For the JC issue December 9 2016 In possibly his most entertaining Jewish joke ever, the film star Kirk Douglas turned to his wife Anne and marvelled that every pillowcase in their hotel bedroom had his initials already embroidered there. Anne guffawed: because, of course, they were in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. For […]

  • 11 December, 2016

The crimes of Kasztner

For the Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer, posted November 15 2016 LONDON — Most historians probably have a good idea of their central thesis even before they begin the laborious spadework of research. But for British Jewish historian Paul Bogdanor, his ambition to find material defending the controversial wartime Zionist leader, Rudolf Kasztner, was […]

  • 15 November, 2016

Leonard Cohen and the essence of menschlichkeit

Leonard Cohen for the JC by Jenni Frazer Nov 11 2016 When I first met Leonard Cohen he was weighing up whether Manchester bagels were any match for his native Montreal offerings. And that was the thing about Cohen: he never, throughout his long life, made any attempt to be anything other than what he […]

  • 12 November, 2016