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.

When swastikas held sway in London

For the Times of Israel September 29 2021 At a time when “so many governments are either not fighting racism, or actively encouraging it”, the BBC is about to screen an extraordinary four-part TV series, examining an almost forgotten aspect of antisemitism in Britain — the challenges to fascism in the early 1960s. Ridley Road, […]

  • 29 September, 2021

Hardcore of the heart

Leonard Cohen review for JC Sept 2021 It ought to be admitted that even for the hard-core Leonard Cohen fan — among whose ranks I count myself — yet another book on an aspect of his life makes the heart sink a little. So I approached Harry Freedman’s “Leonard Cohen, The Mystical Roots of Genius”, […]

  • 22 September, 2021

The Holocaust as it is written

For the JC, August 20 2021 Go into any bookshop, or cast an eye online, and there they will be — the scores of titles, fiction and non-fiction, all gathered together under one subject line — stories of the Holocaust. There are up-coming films too, on TV and in cinemas, such as the defiantly gory […]

  • 20 August, 2021

Chaim, the Great Pretender

John Carr for JC August 2021 Of the many Holocaust-era memoirs, there can have been few such as John Carr’s Escape From The Ghetto. For not only is it a true story, but it is the story of John Carr’s father — and its uniqueness lies in Carr’s decision, at the suggestion of his first […]

  • 17 August, 2021

Brian’s got a new motor

Brian Klein for JC August 2021 At the last count, he says, Brian Klein had owned (not all at the same time), five Aston Martins, two Ferraris, four Maseratis, and eight Porsches. And this should surprise no-one familiar with the ebullient Klein, the award-winning director, for 25 seasons, of the car programme of car programmes, […]

  • 17 August, 2021

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