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.


The Massachusetts Solomon

For the JC July 2021 by Jenni Frazer Few of us — and we should all be grateful for this — are called on to make moral choices in the public arena. There are judges, of course, put in place by society to make rulings over civil and criminal behaviour; and there is the apparatus […]

  • 22 July, 2021

Planting an idea and growing a global exhibition

For JC colour mag July 2021 An extraordinary international initiative, involving six countries, 10 conceptual artists, and 12 botanical gardens, is due to open on September 21 in time for Succot. Seeing the Invisible will be the largest exhibition of artworks created with Augmented Reality (AR) technology ever seen. It will open simultaneously in Australia, […]

  • 13 July, 2021

Controversy escalates over woman’s semicha

For the Times of Israel June 17 2021 A recent graduate of the Yeshivat Maharat Orthodox egalitarian rabbinical school in New York has been effectively banned from teaching at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), whose president is UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. The disqualification of Dr. Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, who has won praise across […]

  • 18 June, 2021

Behind the scenes of a “maniac” collector’s life

For Jewish News June 10 2021 One day in 1969, Arthur Gilbert, a Jewish immigrant to Los Angeles from London, wandered into an antiques shop on the city’s upscale Rodeo Drive – and fell in love. Specifically, he fell in love with an almost forgotten and startling art form – what Gilbert called micromosaics – […]

  • 11 June, 2021

For a blessing and for a curse: the cholera wedding

For the JC June 2021 With the pandemic still raging it seems timely to look into one of the most arcane ideas ever to thwart it. As the Portland, Oregon-based professor, Natan Meir, explains, the so-called cholera wedding, or schwartze chasseneh — literally, “black wedding” — was a custom peculiar to the Jewish communities of […]

  • 7 June, 2021

David Young, the secret SPAD

Lord Young for JC June 2021 One day in April 1987 David Young — Lord Young of Graffham — decided to lay down a little bit of contemporary history, by creating a taped diary of his account of Margaret Thatcher’s crucial third election. As Secretary of State for Employment, he was a member of Thatcher’s […]

  • 7 June, 2021

Music, maestro, please!

Gubbay for JC May 29 2021 If it is not a truth universally acknowledged, then it certainly should be — that Britain’s three most prominent music impresarios in the last 50 years have been Jewish. Harvey Goldsmith, the late Victor Hochhauser, and Raymond Gubbay make up a glittering music and performing arts trio, responsible for […]

  • 7 June, 2021

Our ambulance-chasers

For the JC May 2021 There are those who say Arye Myers must have a charmed life. The Bradford-born Myers, who made aliya nine years ago, is the only paramedic working for Magen David Adom who previously worked for the London Ambulance Service. In London, Myers was working for the LAS during the tragic events […]

  • 7 June, 2021

Back to the future with Freedland

Freedland interviews for JC May 2021 by Jenni Frazer Fifty years ago the journalist and broadcaster Michael Freedland launched a groundbreaking series of programmes on BBC Radio London, called “You Don’t Have To Be Jewish”, capturing the brightest and best of the Jewish world. Now, thanks to his son, Guardian and JC columnist Jonathan Freedland, […]

  • 7 June, 2021

Snapshots frozen in time

For the JC March 23 2021 The photograph that Marc Wilson didn’t take is, nevertheless, etched in his memory. It was the moment when the documentary photographer was talking to a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor, Rita, in her Tel Aviv home. Whatever terrible experience she was relating at that moment remains unspoken. But Rita’s daughter Ronit, […]

  • 8 April, 2021