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.


Chief Rabbi breaks glass ceiling

For the Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer February 15 2016 Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has launched a groundbreaking qualification for Jewish women, the “Ma’ayan” course. Starting in September 2016, the prestigious course is planned to attract Jewish women who want to play a greater role as educators in their communities. A year in […]

  • 18 February, 2016

Another view of the Calais jungle

For the Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer posted Feb 18 2016 CALAIS — There is a “jungle” in France, and it is based in Calais. The jungle, a sprawling refugee camp on the northern French coast, houses the desperate of many nations – Afghanis, Kuwaiti Bedouin, Iraqis, Ethiopians and Eritreans, many Sudanese, and Syrians. […]

  • 18 February, 2016

Were there Iranian refugees in the Calais jungle?

February 18, 2016 Claims have been made that there were Iranian Jewish refugees in the Calais jungle in the last six months – but nobody wants to talk about it, writes Jenni Frazer. Last week a group of Orthodox rabbis and imams visited the camp in a first-of-its-kind interfaith delegation. At least two of the […]

  • 18 February, 2016

A crack in the glass ceiling

For the Times of Israel posted Feb 15 2016 LONDON — Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has launched a groundbreaking qualification for Jewish women, the “Ma’ayan” course. Starting in September 2016, the prestigious course hopes to attract Jewish women who want to play a greater role as educators in their communities. A year in the […]

  • 15 February, 2016

You’re having a laugh

For the Times of Israel posted February 8 2016 LONDON — It’s Saturday night at Golders Green Synagogue in London and an audience wanders in, ready to be entertained. The headliner, it’s fair to say, is not impressed with the venue, since we are seated at the back of the shul behind weighty pillars, and […]

  • 9 February, 2016

World Jewish relief opens wartime archives

Exclusive for the Jewish News January 28 2016 The personal records of more than 40,000 Jews who arrived in the UK before and after the Second World War have been made publicly available for the first time by World Jewish Relief. Here, Jenni Frazer looks at the story behind the digitisation of these records, including those […]

  • 28 January, 2016

How Britain saved the orphans of the Holocaust

What happened to the Jewish orphans who were brought to Britain in 1945? The stories of the 732 orphans – of which only 80 were girls – who were taken in by the British government are now being recorded in ‘Memory Quilts’ at the Jewish Museum For the Daily Telegraph January 27 2016 Bela Rosenthal […]

  • 27 January, 2016

The miracle babies of Mauthausen

By Jenni Frazer for Times of Israel posted December 25 2015 LONDON — Wendy Holden thinks “Born Survivors” is the most important book she has ever written, and as the author of more than 30 books she is in a position to judge. But the British writer goes further. The book, she says, is not […]

  • 25 December, 2015

Could Israel’s creation earlier have saved Jews?

The Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer, posted December 17 2015 LONDON — Veteran diplomat Yehuda Avner knew he wasn’t well, and went to see his doctor. He wanted one last throw of the dice – and, in an extraordinary way, he achieved it from beyond the grave. The Manchester-born octogenarian had already completed one […]

  • 17 December, 2015

Smoked salmon central: lox de luxe

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel posted December 13 2015 LONDON — Lance Anisfeld is a dapper and cheerful London businessman who works out of a building shaped like a fish. He sports silver salmon-shaped cufflinks, fish decals adorn the door of his office, and a poster on the front of his desk […]

  • 13 December, 2015