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.


Identifying the six million

Yad Vashem lecture for JN June 2020 In 1953, when Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance centre, opened, there was already an ambitious, if impossible-sounding, plan in place — to collect and document the names of every one of the six million Jews murdered during the Shoah. The recording of the names, as Yad Vashem’s head […]

  • 22 June, 2020

The predators’ predator

For the JC June 15 2020 Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace — by Jenni Frazer In every generation, we might accept, there are Jews whose names we utter with pride — and there are those whom we would rather the wider world did not identify as Jews, because their behaviour puts them so far […]

  • 22 June, 2020

A loathsome individual

Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace, for the JC— by Jenni Frazer June 2020 In every generation, we might accept, there are Jews whose names we utter with pride — and there are those whom we would rather the wider world did not identify as Jews, because their behaviour puts them so far beyond the […]

  • 11 June, 2020

State of a nation

For the JC April 2020 By any measure, writing about the birth of the state of Israel is a project fraught with — well, if not danger, then plenty of pitfalls. But playwright Steve Waters, professor of scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia, has entered with enthusiasm on the subject and seems to have […]

  • 28 May, 2020

Have I got a story for you

For the JC May 2020 “You know that feeling,” says the American comedian Sarge, “when something happens and you just have to call someone and tell them? And I thought, who can I call?” The answer was quite as left-field as Sarge’s entire life: chock-full of incident. He made his dramatic phone call to a […]

  • 28 May, 2020

The researchers’ researcher

Esther Safran Foer for the Jewish Chronicle April 2020 Esther Safran Foer — though she will tell you in her book that she is very different from her mother — is a bit of a magpie, a collector, and a hoarder. The collections range from pieces of dirt carefully preserved in a series of Ziploc […]

  • 20 April, 2020

Home alone for Pesach

For the JC March 2020 Normally, the weeks between Purim and Pesach gallop by, in a furious frenzy of lists and shopping and… more lists. This year, however, has a curious sense of time having slowed up, if not stopped completely. Somewhere in a parallel universe, I feel, Pesach is going ahead as normal. There […]

  • 1 April, 2020

The 100 per cent Ashkenazi who loves the Islamic world

For the JC March 2020 Perhaps the last place you might think to look for a world-class collection of Islamic manuscripts and treasures of the Arabic-speaking world, would be Jerusalem. You might also be surprised by the part the JC— surely a bastion of Ashkenazi diaspora life — had to play in helping to establish […]

  • 18 March, 2020

How I found my Jewish identity

For the JC March 2020 Katie Glass barely knew her father was Jewish, until he died and she was contacted by a rabbi about funeral arrangements. Ten years on she’s made a radio programme about her quest to explore her roots It was screenwriter Nora Ephron’s mother Phoebe who famously said, “everything is copy” and, […]

  • 16 March, 2020

Holocaust education

For Jewish News Jan 2020 Holocaust ed for JN Jan 2020 by Jenni Frazer Hundreds of people in the UK and beyond have extended their knowledge of the Holocaust by visiting some of the sites in eastern Europe. What was once unthinkable — returning to the areas of mass slaughter — has become an accepted […]

  • 1 March, 2020