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.

Biker boys (and girls) in Berlin

Back to Berlin for JN Nov 2018 from Jenni Frazer Broadcaster and film-maker Catherine Lurie knows a good story when she sees one. Six years ago, as someone with a long association with the World Maccabi movement, she was asked to be a broadcaster for the Maccabi Games of 2013, which were to be held […]

  • 19 November, 2018

Reviews of the Little Drummer Girl episodes 1-6 for the Jewish Chronicle

Episode 1 If there is an overriding impression to take away from John le Carre’s epic thriller The Little Drummer Girl, it is the dismal whiff of cigarettes and failure. The Le Carre novel, published in 1983, was set in 1979. And anyone who lived through the 70s will remember the decade for one thing — it […]

  • 13 November, 2018

The heroes of World War One

For the JC November 2018 “England has been all she could be to Jews, Jews will all they can be to England”. That was the famous Jewish Chronicle exhortation at the start of World War One, the war which was pivotal in British Jewish commitment to serving in the armed forces. It was not, as […]

  • 2 November, 2018

Jerusalem as you have rarely seen her

For the Jewish Chronicle published October 5 2018 Every visitor to the Old City of Jerusalem must wish that he or she could take endless photographs, to try to capture the essence of the area. So often, that essential image escapes us — and we are never there for long enough. Rejoice then, in the […]

  • 7 October, 2018

The survivors’ survivor

For the Jewish News September 14 2018 It’s any suburban kitchen and two parents are arguing — with evident love and affection — with their grown-up son. The audience watching the film is laughing with delighted recognition. For this is not just any suburban kitchen: it is the home of the recently knighted Sir Ben […]

  • 14 September, 2018

My grandfather, the respectable man

For the Jewish Chronicle, September 6 2018 I’m sitting in the reading room of the National Archives at Kew, waiting for a file. And suddenly I think that perhaps no-one has looked at this file for just over 100 years. Wow. I am really excited. I’ve been to the National Archives numerous times, but never […]

  • 6 September, 2018

We are British Jews…

For the Times of Israel posted September 2 2018 We Are British Jews for the Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer August 29 2018 Eight British Jews went to Israel with the BBC in February. One has already made aliyah, and a second is making plans to do the same. The eight men and women […]

  • 3 September, 2018

June Jacobs: appreciation

June Jacobs by Jenni Frazer for the JC July 2018 In the 80s and 90s, if you were at a Jewish public meeting and June Jacobs walked in, you knew you were in for a treat. Inevitably, June’s contribution — from a defiantly left-of-centre perspective — raised the hackles of many present. Some, it is […]

  • 23 July, 2018

Honour paid to Gentile rescuers of wartime Jews

Righteous Gentiles for the JN July 2018 On March 29, 1946, her 16th birthday, Lily Pohlmann arrived in Britain on the first of three rescue transports, organised by the indomitable Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld, under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi. On Thursday, Lily and members of her family joined nearly 100 people at Hoop Lane […]

  • 16 July, 2018

Encounter with a legend

Barak for JN May 29 2018 by Jenni Frazer Ehud Barak’s memoir has a what-it-says-on-the-tin title: “My Country, My Life, Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace”. Israel’s 10th prime minister, from 1999 to 2001, is still, at 76, the joint most highly decorated soldier in Israel’s history, and it is clear that the one-time kibbutznik […]

  • 29 May, 2018