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.

Mystery siddur found

For the Times of Israel posted July 28 2016 LONDON — A British academic has discovered a rare, handwritten translation of a siddur, or prayer book, in a collection in a Manchester library — and clues in the volume point to a little-known presence of Jews in 17th-century England. In a presentation recently at the […]

  • 27 July, 2016

Chakrabarti ducks peerage question

By Jenni Frazer for Times of Israel posted July 21 2016 The author of a controversial report into anti-Semitism within Britain’s opposition Labour Party, human rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti, has ducked questions about whether she has been offered a seat by the party in the House of Lords. “You can ask me… but I’m going […]

  • 21 July, 2016

Community mourns the Somme dead

Somme commemoration at Bevis Marks by Jenni Frazer for Jewish News July 1 2016 They died exactly a century ago — and it is doubtful if any present knew who they were. But as the names of the 34 young Jewish men who had died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme […]

  • 1 July, 2016

Gove and May vie for Tory leadership

For the Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer posted June 30 2016 Tory leadership runners and riders for ToI from Jenni Frazer June 30 2016 The race to succeed David Cameron as Conservative Prime Minister in the UK took an unexpected twist on Thursday with the surprise announcement that Justice Secretary Michael Gove was throwing […]

  • 30 June, 2016

Livingstone slams Israel in written submission

By Jenni Frazer for Times of Israel June 28 2016 Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London suspended by Labour in an anti-Semitism row, and notorious for insisting that Hitler supported Zionism for a while, issued a long written submission on Tuesday defending his positions to Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on the rise […]

  • 28 June, 2016

Israel’s heroic rescue mission, 40 years on

For the Jewish News June 28 2016 After 40 years, Israel’s daring raid on Entebbe, Uganda, and its rescue of almost 100 hostages, has become the stuff of myth and legend. And that is not least because the only IDF soldier who died was Yoni Netanyahu, elder brother of the man who is today Israel’s […]

  • 28 June, 2016

For refugees, little change in 80 years

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel posted June 23 2016 LONDON — When Baroness Helena Kennedy, one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers, declared, “We are witnessing a soft fascist breeze which could easily become a gale,” it was hard not to shudder. Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a unique June 20 London […]

  • 23 June, 2016

Will it be Jexit for UK’s Jews?

Brexit and the Jews by Jenni Frazer for Times of Israel June 19 2016 As Britain heads into the last few days of campaigning before the historic referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union, only one thing is clear: this will be a narrow, knife-edge, vote. Just a week ago those […]

  • 21 June, 2016

Livingstone remains unrepentant

By Jenni Frazer for Times of Israel posted June 21 2016 LONDON — The former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has again refused to apologise for his remarks about Hitler and Zionism, insisting he had been “misquoted” after a radio show in the UK in April. But Livingstone, in an hour-long interview late last week […]

  • 21 June, 2016

Ottolenghi will eat anything… just about

Ottolenghi for summer dining supplement JN May 20 2016 from Jenni Frazer Yotam Ottolenghi, the renowned Israeli chef and cookery writer, will eat almost anything, it turns out. Except two things: the famously stinky durian fruit and the equally notorious yak’s milk, both discovered on eating expeditions in Asia and eastern Europe. But as an […]

  • 20 May, 2016