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.

Archbishop denounces antisemitism

Interfaith for JN May 19 2016 from Jenni Frazer Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has condemned rising antisemitism in Britain as “absolutely intolerable” and encouraged other faith communities not to give it, or other forms of racism, “any hospitality.” The Archbishop was speaking at a Lambeth Palace reception for interfaith dialogue, this year showcasing […]

  • 20 May, 2016

Calais fundraising campaign launched

Calais fundraising for JN May 20 by Jenni Frazer Pupils at Yesodey Hatorah school in Stamford Hill have become the first to support a campaign to help refugees in the Calais jungle. Rabbis and imams from across London went to Calais at the beginning of February, and were shocked by the conditions they saw. As […]

  • 17 May, 2016

Father and daughter make history for United Synagogue

Father and daughter chairs for JN May 20 2016 by Jenni Frazer Lindsay Shure and his daughter, Lucy Jackson, are set to make history on Sunday — when they become the first father and daughter in the United Synagogue to be elected chairs of their respective synagogues. Lindsay is set to become chair of Chigwell […]

  • 17 May, 2016

Meeting the Brits in Israel

Brits in Israel for JN by Jenni Frazer April 18 2016 Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, 43, is the slightly unexpected sombre British voice of the Israel Defence Forces, spokesman to the international media and commander of the IDF’s social media activities. Twitter users are accustomed to Lt-Col Lerner’s swift and informative updates whenever there is an […]

  • 10 May, 2016

45 Aid Society honours Ben Helfgott

45 Aid Soc reunion by Jenni Frazer for Jewish News May 3 2016 It was, perhaps, one of Ben Helfgott’s grandchildren who summed up the founder of the 45 Aid Society so precisely. It was “a huge thing”, she said, “to be so strong on the inside as well as on the outside.” The inner […]

  • 5 May, 2016

The Shoemaker’s Tales

For the Jewish Quarterly spring edition April 2016 Jews are driven by stories—our ultimate story is on Seder night—and in some respects storytelling could be said to reach back in time to the Written Torah and the Oral Tradition. Oddly, it is said not only that one— the written text—cannot be understood without the other—the […]

  • 4 April, 2016

Harrowing tales of Nazi persecution in compensation bid

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel posted April 3 2016 LONDON — Between 1941 and 1944, Aron and Misa Cohen and their nine children were taken from Libya and held in a variety of Nazi-occupied areas, including several months in Bergen Belson, before being repatriated via Morocco. As records just released by the […]

  • 4 April, 2016

Angels at my shoulder celebrate 175 years in show business

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel posted March 24 2016 (Purim) LONDON — For the last 175 years, a redoubtable family business in Britain has been the name synonymous with costumes for theatre, film and TV — the go-to company from London’s Pinewood to Hollywood. The wonderfully-named Angels Costumiers is now run by […]

  • 24 March, 2016

Enter — and exit — the Seventh Python

For the Times of Israel posted March 17 2016 LONDON — To the great irritation of the five surviving members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Mark Forstater has become known as the “Seventh Python.” And in that capacity, Forstater, a Philadelphia-born Jew, won a High Court case in London in 2013 for royalty rights to […]

  • 17 March, 2016

It’s about the Occupation, stupid

Yachad/NIF conference by Jenni Frazer for JN March 7 2015 One of Israel’s leading lawyers, echoing Bill Clinton’s famous election slogan, put it simply: “It’s about the Occupation, stupid.” Daniel Seidemann, known as Mr Jerusalem, has a store of pithy one-liners with which to characterise the Israel-Palestinian conflict. On Sunday, during a remarkable day-long London […]

  • 7 March, 2016