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.

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

Oy, Jerusalem

For the Jewish News July 2018 The extraordinary story of an observant Jewish woman, who nearly held Jerusalem’s strictly-Orthodox politicians to account, unfolded last week in a whistle-stop speaking tour by Fleur Hassan-Nahoum. In the UK under the auspices of the Zionist Federation, Hassan-Nahoum, 44, London-born and Gibraltar-raised, is one of the few Brits to […]

  • 17 July, 2018

New knight’s day job

Lloyd Dorfman for JN by Jenni Frazer July 1 2018 For the newly-knighted Sir Lloyd Dorfman, it has been a heady few weeks. Along with his knighthood for his services to philanthropy and the arts, Sir Lloyd has become a colonel and has been busy getting fitted for various uniforms at a military tailor. Unsurprisingly, […]

  • 5 July, 2018

Beauty queen with a difference

Miss Iraq June 2018 for JN by Jenni Frazer We don’t usually think of beauty queens as brave. And it is fashionable to mock the swimsuited Miss Galaxies for their bleating efforts to “bring world peace”. But Sarah Idan, last year’s Miss Iraq and contestant in Miss Universe, is undoubtedly brave — and is also […]

  • 5 July, 2018