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.

Untold stories of women in Holocaust resistance

For the JC April 2021 Of the hundreds of terrifying incidents recorded by Judy Batalion in her powerful book, The Light of Days, one, perhaps, encapsulates the overwhelming problems faced by young Jews in Poland during wartime. It was a matter of trust: of how to know who to trust, or who might betray you […]

  • 7 April, 2021

The photographer’s instinct

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, […]

  • 26 March, 2021

The Jew, the Wasp and the long arm of the law

For JN Life magazine March 2021 Harlan Coben says he really only has two main interests — “writing and family”. The multi-award-winning novelist — with a staggering 75 million books in print worldwide — is very clear. “I think it’s tough to be a writer with a hobby. Part of writing is guilt: so every […]

  • 26 March, 2021

The atheist and the Charedi go head-to-head

For Jewish News March 26 2021 In the dying days of Lockdown Three, national press attention — and that of the Jewish News — turned to apparent wholesale ignoring of pandemic guidelines by members of strictly Orthodox communities in Stamford Hill. Shops were filled with maskless shoppers, not socially distanced; schools remained open, in defiance […]

  • 26 March, 2021

Maxwell the monster, a mystery to the end

Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston Viking Books £18.99 Reviewed for the JC February 2021 I interviewed Robert Maxwell once, an experience not unlike being run over at speed with a steamroller. He was, as even his few friends would attest, a monstrous man, self-obsessed to the point of mania, deeply rude […]

  • 26 February, 2021

Up, up and away — with the Israeli Air Force

For the JC January 28 2021 You know how it is. You’re sitting at your desk, after yet another Zoom meeting and wishing with all your might that you could go somewhere — anywhere. Well, now, courtesy of an elite group of Israeli fighter pilots, you can. Virtually, obviously, but in these days of lockdown […]

  • 28 January, 2021

Stranger in a strange land

For the JC January 28 2021 “I think of myself as fundamentally Jewish — but it has been a hell of a struggle, against a sense of illegitimacy, and that it’s a gift that has been bestowed on me, that I can never take for granted.” Londoner Simon May is a philosopher, professor and the […]

  • 28 January, 2021

A wry eye from an American in Europe

For the JC by Jenni Frazer Dec 20 2020 Derek Miller’s cv stretches to an intimidating 10 pages, covering his high-profile career as an academic and specialist in international relations and geopolitics. He studied in Washington, Jerusalem, Oxford and Geneva, and is currently Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Pell Centre for International Relations and Public […]

  • 13 January, 2021

Telling antisemitism like it is, for teens

For the Times of Israel January 2021 With a fictional track record of writing about “crime and money and sex and drugs” for teenagers, British journalist Keren David has become one of the best-known and most prolific writers in the crowded YA (Young Adult) market. But even though she has previously written about Jewish teenagers, […]

  • 13 January, 2021

You talkin’ to me?

For JN December 2020 Martin Scorsese, one of the world’s leading film directors, has warmly accepted an invitation to teach a masterclass at Tel Aviv’s prestigious Steve Tisch film and television school when coronavirus restrictions are lifted globally. Mr Scorsese made his pledge in an hour-long discussion with lecturers and students of the film school, […]

  • 14 December, 2020