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Andrew Percy’s journey to Judaism

For the Times of Israel posted April 26 2017 LONDON — Andrew Percy is a successful Conservative politician. He’s a Member of Parliament and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, a campaign to boost economic growth in Britain’s northern cities. As of March, he has also become Jewish. Percy’s improbable story, he says, has come about […]

  • 26 April, 2017

Lilian has the last laugh

For the Times of Israel published February 10 2017 LONDON — She is the grande dame of Anglo-Jewish arts, but at a scarcely believable 90 years old, Lilian Hochhauser is not yet ready to hang up her ballet shoes. She is bringing Russia’s outstanding Mariinsky dance company to London this summer for a three-week long […]

  • 12 February, 2017

Parents line up for Spielberg casting call

For the Times of Israel published February 5 2017 LONDON — It’s a cold and windy day in central London. The main road is deserted, but duck down a side street and suddenly there are hundreds of small children — in what’s generally not a child-friendly area. Here, queuing up outside some unpromising-looking office blocks, […]

  • 6 February, 2017

Paul Simon’s feet (and hair) of clay

Paul Simon for the JC by Jenni Frazer December 4 2016 Homeward Bound, the Life of Paul Simon, by Peter Ames Carlin, Little Brown, £20 pp415 As it happens, they played a Simon and Garfunkel track — written, of course, by Paul Simon — on this morning’s Desert Island Discs, and it was another opportunity […]

  • 6 January, 2017

In spite – of everything

I do not have, and never intend to have, a Facebook page. But very occasionally I will use this space to air some thoughts. I have just written a long and complicated piece for A Newspaper — no need to name, I know it and so do they. I rarely have problems with being subbed […]

  • 15 December, 2016

Daniel Janner speaks out

Janner speaks for the first time (August 2) and Janner on Goddard for the JC by Jenni Frazer August 5 2016 The son and daughters of the late Lord Janner have spoken out for the first time this week of the “incredible support” they have received from the Jewish community in the wake of claims […]

  • 10 September, 2016

Corbyn accuser stands by Nazi comparisons

By Jenni Frazer for Jewish News August 16 2016 Controversial Labour Party donor, Michael Foster, says he has “no regrets, none” about his attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership by making comparisons with the Nazis. In a hard-hitting article for last weekend’s Mail On Sunday, Foster (pictured) who has given “thousands” to the Labour Party, described […]

  • 16 August, 2016

Words for the dictionary

Column for the Jewish News August 12 2016 Today we are going to learn some new words to add to the English dictionary. Some of them are a bit difficult, but I’m sure we’ll all get the hang of them soon. Chakrabarti, (chak ra barti) verb, transitive: this word has several meanings. Up until last […]

  • 10 August, 2016

How Heritage Lottery helped WW1 Archives project

World War 1 archives story for ToI by Jenni Frazer July 10 2016 Their names are scarcely known these days, often not even by their descendants. But an extraordinary project launched this week — the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the defining battles of the First World War — aims to […]

  • 12 July, 2016

Israel’s heroic rescue mission, 40 years on

For the Jewish News June 28 2016 After 40 years, Israel’s daring raid on Entebbe, Uganda, and its rescue of almost 100 hostages, has become the stuff of myth and legend. And that is not least because the only IDF soldier who died was Yoni Netanyahu, elder brother of the man who is today Israel’s […]

  • 28 June, 2016