I’ve done hundreds of interviews with the famous and the not-so-famous. I do my best to try to ask the questions that anybody would ask if they had access to these subjects. So I do lots of research and present in-depth portraits, conscious that any interview can only skim the surface and be a snapshot of a person’s thoughts and feelings on that day, on that date.

If you want to check out a (partial) list of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done over the years, please take a look.

Mann and the canary

For the Times of Israel posted July 27 2019 “When it comes to fighting antisemitism”, says the British Labour MP John Mann, “it’s not enough for us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community, when they [antisemites] are throwing the stones of hatred, of bitterness, of bile. We have to stand in front of [Jews] […]

  • 27 July, 2019

The man who’s got our back

For the Jewish News July 15 2019 One of Labour’s most outspoken MPs, Wes Streeting, has told Jewish News that he “doesn’t know how Jeremy Corbyn sleeps at night”, and that he has “given up hope that the party will tackle antisemitism while Corbyn is leader”. Mr Streeting was speaking on the eve of a […]

  • 16 July, 2019

When Howard Jacobson was out on the town

Howard Jacobson for the JC published July 4 2019 By his own admission, Howard Jacobson is not “a planning” sort of writer. Things take him by surprise, he says. Just the same, the Booker prize-winning author has been thoroughly swept off his feet by the female protagonist of his latest novel, Live a Little. Beryl […]

  • 4 July, 2019

The most optimistic parliamentary candidate of all

For the Jewish News March 31 2019 The Labour Party “has to prove it is not institutionally antisemitic”, says its parliamentary candidate for the Jewish community stronghold of Hendon, David Pinto-Duschinsky. And he adds that the events of the last months in respect of antisemitism in the party “break my heart”. Pinto-Duschinsky, who actually lives […]

  • 31 March, 2019

Israel’s National Library spreads its wings

Yoel Finkelman for JC March 2013 by Jenni Frazer Yoel Finkelman’s enviable job, it seems to me, is part detective, part collector, part teacher — and almost entirely enjoyable. Few of us can say the same. The affable Dr Finkelman is the curator of the Haim and Hanna Solomon Judaica Collection at the National Library […]

  • 11 March, 2019

How to brand Israel

Joanna Landau March 2019 by Jenni Frazer If anyone is best placed to talk about the frequently difficult relationship between Israel and the diaspora — how we see Israel, how Israel sees us — it is Joanna Landau. UK-born, she has been shuttling back and forth between Britain and Israel since she was five. Today, […]

  • 11 March, 2019

UJIA chief exec bows out

For Jewish News March 2 2019 Michael Wegier, the outgoing chief executive of UJIA, says he is proud and frustrated in almost equal measure. His pride, he says, is for the tenacity with which young British Jews stayed on their Israel programmes in the tumultuous violent summer of the 2014 Gaza War. “Almost no-one came […]

  • 11 March, 2019

Romantic Zionist takes to the stage

Stephen Laughton for Times of Israel December 2018 In the summer of 2014, the-self-styled “romantic Zionist”, playwright Stephen Laughton, was working part-time in PR at the BBC. During that feverish period, pro and anti-Israel rallies regularly demonstrated outside the building that Laughton was working in. “One day I left the building and walked smack into […]

  • 23 December, 2018

The peer whose faith helped build a house

For the Jewish Chronicle published October 5 2018 One of Britain’s most senior Muslim figures, Lord Ahmad, believes there has been “a real step change among progressive-thinking imams” in the Islamic community towards those who “peddle hatred against the Jewish community”. Lord Ahmad, a Conservative peer and the prime minister’s special representative for freedom of […]

  • 7 October, 2018

Death be not proud

For the Jewish Chronicle July 20 2018 It would be hard to think of someone better suited to his job than the avuncular Melvyn Hartog, head of the United Synagogue’s Burial Society. The very opposite of the Grim Reaper, Hartog exudes warmth, kindness and sympathy — in a conversation repeatedly interrupted by calls on his […]

  • 19 July, 2018