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.

Vive l’Angleterre: French Jews in London

By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel posted September 21 2015 LONDON — In a kosher butcher’s, an old lady has an animated discussion with one of the staff. They are speaking French — but they are in London, a city which is, almost by stealth, becoming home to thousands of French Jews. French […]

  • 21 September, 2015

The Rosh Hashanah present nobody wants

Corbyn impact for Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer Sep 7 2015 He is the Rosh Hashanah present unwanted by the majority of British Jews. But, barring accidents, on Saturday night, September 12, Jeremy Corbyn, the hard-Left backbench MP drafted onto the ballot paper at the last moment, will become the new leader of the […]

  • 10 September, 2015

David Lammy for Mayor of London

For the Jewish News by Jenni Frazer September 3 2015 Of all the candidates running for mayor of London, David Lammy’s contact with the Jewish community may go back the furthest. It dates to a meeting he had at the solicitors’ firm, DJ Freeman, when after taking a first-class degree at SOAS, Lammy had become […]

  • 4 September, 2015

Tessa Jowell for Mayor of London

For the Jewish News September 3 2015 by Jenni Frazer The rain was bucketing down in almost Biblical quantities but Dame Tessa Jowell was resolutely cheerful and upbeat. The former MP for Dulwich and West Norwood stood down at the last general election in order to devote herself to running for Mayor of London. If […]

  • 4 September, 2015

Sadiq Khan for Mayor of London

Jenni Frazer speaks to the three frontrunners bidding for Labour’s nomination for mayor of London Jewish News September 3 2015 Sadiq Khan is as smooth as a teaspoon of chocolate, even on the phone, purring and flirting. But like all the candidates to be mayor of London, that is his job at the moment: the […]

  • 4 September, 2015

Grandma was right all along

By Jenni Frazer for The Guardian family section, published August 29 2015 As a schoolgirl in west London, Dina Gold was often taken out for cultural treats – visits to the ballet or art galleries, followed by coffee and cakes – by her grandmother Nellie Wolff. Nellie was living in Putney, south London, at the […]

  • 29 August, 2015

Zangwill’s enduring mystery

Israel Zangwill for Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer August 23 2015 He was known as the Charles Dickens of the Jews, and in his day – the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th – the writer and journalist Israel Zangwill was a famous name in the English-speaking world, renowned […]

  • 28 August, 2015

Ambassador Taub goes home

By Jenni Frazer for Jewish News August 6 2015 After four frenetic years, Israel’s envoy to the UK, Daniel Taub, packed up and returned home this week. He spoke to Jenni Frazer about his busy posting There are cardboard boxes stuffed with books all over the floor, and on the computer the ambassador is writing […]

  • 6 August, 2015

Scotland fights back on boycott

By Jenni Frazer for Times of Israel August 5 2015 LONDON — This month an intense group of pro-Israel campaigners sat for hours in a stuffy room in Glasgow, home to Scotland’s largest Jewish community. Most of the campaigners, busy planning a conference to be held in the city on August 20, are enthusiastic non-Jews. […]

  • 6 August, 2015

The road to Bletchley Park

By Jenni Frazer for Times of Israel August 6 2015 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, England — Back in 1929, United States Secretary of State Henry Stimson coined the immortal phrase “Gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail.” So saying, Stimson closed down the State Department’s cryptanalytic office, the legendary Black Chamber. Fortunately for the outcome of World War II, […]

  • 6 August, 2015