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.
By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel posted April 27 2016 LONDON — One of the most high-profile new MPs in the Labour Party deplores his own party’s “flat-footed and ineffective” response to the wave of anti-Semitic commentary currently engulfing Labour. But Wes Streeting, who represents the northeast London constituency of Ilford North which […]
Ottolenghi for Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer April 6 2016 In just short of 20 years, Yotam Ottolenghi has become Britain’s best-known Israeli — his name synonymous with a particular kind of happily greedy enjoyment of food, lavishly and lovingly presented. Ottolenghi’s cookbooks are on the shelves of thousands of middle-class kitchens, the gloriously […]
By Jenni Frazer for Jewish News April 2016 In almost his first response to a Jewish News question, the relaxed and friendly British ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, mentions his partner, Aldo Henriquez. It is a sign of how comfortable he is that the ambassador, who this week marked exactly nine months since presenting his […]
Nick Cohen for Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer March 25 2016 Note to readers: this is the unsubbed version. I prefer it. Despite not being Jewish, atheist Nick Cohen, one of Britain’s best-known journalists, had never had a problem with his surname. It was, he thought, part of the furniture: his father’s family had […]
By Jenni Frazer for Jewish News Feb 18 2016 Childlessness, if at all discussed in the Jewish community, is almost always approached from the woman’s point of view. But next week, at Jewish Book Week, Elliot Jager will look at what it means to be an Orthodox Jewish man who does not have children. Jager, […]
By Jenni Frazer for the Times of Israel, February 2 2016 LONDON — Novelist Howard Jacobson never really liked the play, “The Merchant of Venice.” He was embarrassed by it at school, where he was obliged to read the part of Shylock. Embarrassed at the way it drew attention to his own Jewishness, and later, […]
For Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer October 25 2015 LONDON — Shimon Sheves didn’t want Yitzhak Rabin to address what proved to be the fatal peace rally in Tel Aviv at which the prime minister was assassinated, 20 years ago. The former kibbutznik, who rose to become director-general of Rabin’s office, had a healthy […]
Erica Duggan for the Times of Israel July 2 2015 In the course of an hour-long interview about her dead son, Jeremiah, Erica Duggan only loses composure once, even when she is is relating the most distressing of details. It is mention of Jeremiah’s girlfriend, Maya Villanueva, which brings tears to Duggan’s eyes. Villanueva, as […]
Keren David for the Jewish News May 17 2015 by Jenni Frazer Confession time. It’s really difficult – and really rather odd – to interview someone you have known for years. But Keren David, the highly regarded Young Adult writer, makes it a painless process, as we sit in her gleaming bright blue kitchen and […]
Matthew Gould, the outgoing British ambassador to Israel – and the first Jew in the post – speaks to Jenni Frazer about life in the country, his achievements and prospects for peace. It’s rare for an ambassador to extend his or her term of office. Rare, but not unknown. But it’s particularly rare for a […]