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.

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

Make a difference

For the Jewish Chronicle posted December 23 2017 Seeing traditional circular mud huts at the roadside in northern Ghana came as something of a shock. It was no less shocking to see classrooms which would have been out of place in Victorian England, devoid of facilities save for a miserable collection of dilapidated cracked wooden […]

  • 23 December, 2017

The Ben Azzai project

Ghana for JN December 2017 by Jenni Frazer One by one, the cheerful rowdy voices of 16 high-achieving Jewish students quietened down as they came face-to-face with some of the shocking realities of the developing world. Lauren Keiles, a student reading international relations at the University of Leeds, put it succinctly: “Tikkun Olam (the principle […]

  • 22 December, 2017

A weight off one’s shoulders

For the Jewish Chronicle published December 8 2017 “We have”, says Bayla Perrin, “a wonderful community. But you only have to cast your eyes around, just a little, to see that not everything is perfect.” Six years ago, Perrin and her fellow trustee, Benjamin Conway, were inspired to set up one of Anglo-Jewry’s lowest-profile, but […]

  • 8 December, 2017

Children from two faiths find happiness in one building

For The Times published Nov 11 2017 Have you heard the one about the Jewish school and the Catholic school that decided to share a building? It sounds like the beginning of an old, outdated and not very politically correct joke, but it is happening in Glasgow and the results so far are impressive. The […]

  • 11 November, 2017

Sharing and caring

For the Times of Israel posted November 4 2017 Glasgow school for ToI from Jenni Frazer Oct 2017 “I think”, says Bishop John Keenan, “that the relationships here have gone beyond interfaith dialog. As far as I can see, the dialog is in the bricks.” Bishop Keenan is half of the religious authority for a […]

  • 4 November, 2017

The joke’s on London

For the Times of Israel posted October 13 2017 Yohai Sponder’s “at rest” face is not naturally sunny. But as soon as the 35-year-old begins to speak about the art of comedy, he lights up. Sponder and his fellow comedians Yossi Tarablus and Shachar Hasson have much to be cheerful about. The three have just […]

  • 14 October, 2017

The ventriloquist for the dead

For the JC published October 4 2017 It’s not often that the academic and historian Simon Schama is lost for words, but it happened almost literally to him when embarking on the second volume of his mammoth work, The Story of The Jews. Volume One, published to rapturous acclaim in 2013, took our story from […]

  • 4 October, 2017

The soldiers from over here serving over there

For the Jewish News published Sept 14 2017 Maor Shevah, Stephen Epstein and Oren Ivgi were once all pupils at Hasmonean Boys School in north London, racing for the school bus in their blazers, ties flying, and just about keeping their kippot on their heads. These days, however, the three former school friends are wearing […]

  • 16 September, 2017

A degree of art history

For the Jewish Chronicle Sept 7 2017 Balfour painting for JC by Jenni Frazer August 2017 In a pretty north London mews, which is home to flower trenchers and sunbathing cats, sits the studio of the artist Beverley-Jane Stewart. And inside there is an Anglo-Jewish treasure — Stewart’s extraordinary painting of the story of the […]

  • 7 September, 2017