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Moscow mayhem Episode 6

McMafia Episode Six January 2018 by Jenni Frazer Evil Vadim’s parting shot to Alex last week, “Give my regards to your family” began to come creepily true in this week’s Episode Six of McMafia, as EV pondered the many ways in which he could make Alex suffer for scuppering his plans for international world domination […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 5

McMafia Episode 5 for the JC from Jenni Frazer Departing from its usual format, this week’s entertaining McMafia confined its locations to London and Israel — both Tel Aviv and Eilat. And heavens, Alex Godman was actually a functioning person, rather than a cardboard cut-out as in previous episodes. So what did we learn? We […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 4

McMafia Episode 4 for JC by Jenni Frazer We are halfway through the BBC’s gripping thriller, McMafia, but I regret to report that the Russian Family Godman has got no better at being Jewish than in previous episodes. Sadly, they don’t appear to know the difference between the toast “l’chaim” and wishing someone “long life”, […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 3

Mcmafia Jan 7 episode fromJenni Frazer Some people’s ideas of a gift are not yours or mine. I wouldn’t, for example, offer you a badly beaten up and chained individual and offer him as a present in exchange for a word in someone else’s shell-like. Nevertheless, that was the goodie offered to Alex Godman (James […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Appreciation of Dr Ephraim Jaffe z”l

Jaffe obit Dr Ephraim Jaffe, born Manchester, 26.11.1920, died 30.8.2017 aged 96 Dr Ephraim Jaffe was undoubtedly one of the best-known doctors in north Manchester, but although he had a long, distinguished and wide-ranging medical career, he was probably better known — and loved — for his communal work. Dr Jaffe, tall, softly-spoken and usually […]

  • 16 February, 2018

McMafia Episode Seven: Alex speaks!

McMafia Episode 7 for the JC January 2018 I am beginning to feel, after seven episodes of McMafia, that even I could manage a little Russian vocab — and thus can be forgiven for laughing when James Norton’s Alex earnestly tells a member of a Mexican cartel that his unique selling point in this Game […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episodes 1 and 2

McMafia review for the Jewish Chronicle published January 5 2018 Well, who knew that a caviar knife could inflict so much damage? Plainly the rabbonim were on to something when it was decreed that sturgeon caviar was not kosher, thus ensuring that no observant Jew was ever going to be done away with by the […]

  • 5 January, 2018

Black and white and read all over

Jewish Britain on film for Times of Israel from Jenni Frazer posted December 28 2017 The images tumble from the screen, in glorious Technicolor or flickering black-and-white. The quality is highly variable and so too is the subject matter, ranging from the utterly banal to the high-flown. And yet, there is a connecting thread in […]

  • 29 December, 2017

You’re in the army now, girl

Women in the IDF for the JC published November 2017 Any visitor sees it instantly: young women in military uniform, sometimes in skirts, but mostly in trousers and tough-terrain boots, striding along the roads or travelling on the buses and trains, heaving their rucksacks onto the luggage racks and plugging in their mobile phones. The […]

  • 23 December, 2017

The girl who made OSLO’s Hebrew right

Liron Shekel for the JC by Jenni Frazer posted December 2017 There is a moment in JT Rogers’ massive hit play, “Oslo”, where two of the characters — of necessity — break into Hebrew, as they mutter instructions to each other about how best to proceed in the delicate negotiations that formed the 1993 Oslo […]

  • 23 December, 2017