Jenni Frazer

Israel's orchestra celebrates but sounds a note of caution

By Jenni Frazer, January 12, 2012

It was, in the end, left to the long-time music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, to put his finger on what was being celebrated.

On a cool, clear night in Tel Aviv last month, Maestro Mehta, himself celebrating 50 years with the IPO, led hundreds of international patrons and well-wishers in a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday, dear Philharmonic", as the orchestra mark


Interview: Yair Lapid

By Jenni Frazer, January 12, 2012

Imagine a cross between Jeremy Paxman and Jonathan Ross, with a twist of Daniel Craig-style good looks and a soupçon of Ian McEwan, and you are on the way to de-coding Yair Lapid.


Israel Philharmonic hope to play in Britain again

By Jenni Frazer, January 3, 2012

The secretary general of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Avi Shoshani, has categorically denied that the IPO will not return to play in Britain, in the wake of the row over September's disrupted Proms concerts.


Relief for orchestra over funding

By Jenni Frazer, December 29, 2011

The secretary-general of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Avi Shoshani, confirmed this week that the Israeli government had deferred its controversial plan to suspend the element of merit when awarding state funding to cultural institutions.

In mid-December, the Culture and Sports Ministry announced that future grants to Israeli orchestras, no matter how big or small, or how public their prof


One more and we'll have a set

By Jenni Frazer, December 19, 2011

According to the Mail on Sunday, disgraced MP Aidan Burley not only sat beside his friend who wore full Nazi uniform at the now notorious French stag party, but Burley actually ordered the uniform.


A guide for the perplexed

By Jenni Frazer, December 12, 2011

This is for MPs and MEPS, of whatever party, who appear to be intellectually challenged.

1. If someone appears at a celebration, and sits next to you wearing full Nazi uniform, it's time to go home. Do not even think of posing for a picture. You will not look good. Early Day Motions will be tabled.


Obama's Israel policy could mean the end of his presidency

By Jenni Frazer, December 8, 2011

If you cut David Frum, there is every possibility his blood would run Republican Party blue.


Among the missing

By Jenni Frazer, December 1, 2011

I have rarely felt such a sense of disappointment in a Labour leader as I do today in Ed Miliband.


Livingstone attacks 'Islamophobe' Gove

By Jenni Frazer, November 24, 2011

A furious Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has turned on the Labour London mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, after the former mayor called him "an Islamophobe" and attacked him as a "fervent Zionist".

In an interview with the website, London Loves Business, Mr Livingstone said: "People like Michael Gove and others have been stridently Islamaphobic for some time."


Gems from the UK Jewish Film Festival

By Jenni Frazer, November 14, 2011

Knowing that the programmers of the UK Jewish Film Festival have done most of the hard work before you, choosing films to see is more a matter of determination to be out and about nearly every night of the week — there are gems available throughout the festival.


Review: Dateline Jerusalem

By Jenni Frazer, November 14, 2011

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He was, as they say, a reporter of the old school. His no-nonsense copy would arrive, even in the age of email, with his typical telex-era slug: "Pro-Jewish Chronicle London, ex-Eric Silver, Jerusalem."


David Willetts leads Britain-Israel digital collaboration

By Jenni Frazer, October 27, 2011

Britain's Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, lands in Israel this weekend leading a high-level delegation of more than a dozen business leaders from the UK's digital sector.


Gilad Shalit

By Jenni Frazer, October 12, 2011

Within hours of the news breaking that a deal has been done to secure the release of Gilad Shalit, the debate about whether it is proper to exchange hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for the sake of one Israeli soldier has re-erupted.


Sometimes reality is our best ally

By Jenni Frazer, September 22, 2011

Israel's new ambassador to the UK, London-born Daniel Taub, pledged this week to do whatever he could to engage people across the political spectrum with the Jewish state - even those who were ostensibly anti-Israel. "Even a short visit to Israel can have a dramatic effect," the ambassador said.


Interview: Daniel Taub

By Jenni Frazer, September 22, 2011

Israel's last ambassador to the UK, Ron Prosor, was very fond of singing. His successor, Daniel Taub, has an equally creative side, albeit even more unexpected for a diplomat - he has written a soap opera.


WikiLeaks exposes rabbi's Iran talks

By Jenni Frazer, September 8, 2011

A London rabbi spoke this week of his deep regret that his secret negotiations with the Iranian regime had been published by WikiLeaks.

For the past 16 years, Rabbi Herschel Gluck of Stoke Newington has been involved in back-channel shuttle diplomacy with a variety of governments on a plethora of subjects, not always on specifically Jewish issues.


Oasis in the desert? Let's drink to that

By Jenni Frazer, August 11, 2011

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, who can turn a phrase or two, turned to his hosts with a huge smile.

"This," he declared, "is the Taj Mahal of the Negev."

Since the Taj Mahal is famously Shah Jehan's architectural declaration of love to his wife, the president might have exaggerated slightly.


Manners maketh

By Jenni Frazer, August 8, 2011

Just when London and the metropolitan manners are getting truly awful, a timely reminder that there is life outside the Great Wen and, indeed, it is courteous.


Deafening silence

By Jenni Frazer, July 25, 2011

The United Synagogue has a website called You and US, from which this week the aroma of sour grapes can be detected.


Tokens are a gift to Wizo money-making

By Jenni Frazer, July 14, 2011

Wizo UK's annual Rebecca Sieff Day this year showcased the charity's latest initiative - Wizo gift tokens.
Intended as a fundraising alternative to the usual gifts of wine or chocolates to a host or hostess, the gift tokens will be fully launched nationally in September.

But they were unveiled for the first time in London, at a lunch to honour stalwart members who have raised thousands of poun