Jenni Frazer

Silence is golden for Beth Din

By Jenni Frazer, July 14, 2011

The curious case of the taxi-driver and the re-assigned debt to the London Beth Din raises all kinds of interesting questions about the nature of religious divorce in Britain.


Charles and Camilla wow the Board

By Jenni Frazer, July 7, 2011

The Prince of Wales paid a fulsome and affectionate tribute to Britain's Jewish community this week in a wide-ranging address to mark the 250th anniversary of the Board of Deputies.

Prince Charles, long established as a keen amateur historian, addressed a warmly responsive audience at Guildhall, sending shivers down the spines of some when he recalled that in Guildhall's Great Hall, where he wa


A shout at the radio moment

By Jenni Frazer, June 10, 2011

From The Independent, September 2003: "The fugitive Asil Nadir will not apply for legal aid when he returns to Britain to face trial, his lawyer has insisted.

Peter Krivinskas, Mr Nadir's long-standing solicitor, said that "rich friends" would fund his defence. "There has never been any question about legal aid. His friends will help him," said Mr Krivinskas.


Interview: Matthew Gould

By Jenni Frazer, June 2, 2011

Britain's ambassador to Israel strolls, unnoticed and unaccompanied, through Whitehall, a backpack slung casually over his shoulder.


Another brick

By Jenni Frazer, May 31, 2011

Long ago and far away when I was studying English literature we were introduced to the concept of exegesis. I understood that it was to do with separating the personal feelings and beliefs of a writer or composer from their work, so that one could learn to value and judge the work objectively.


Brady's bunch of soccer stories

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

In her first weeks as managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, Karren Brady looked for the directors' box, only to be repeatedly told: "Ah, wives of directors go to the ladies' box through there." Finally, she was recognised: "Oh, you're that woman. Stay here and I'll find out what to do with you."


Jersey boys push right buttons in Israel

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

A new link between Jersey and Israel was forged this week with a groundbreaking visit by 30 of the island's politicians and business leaders.

Economics Minister, Senator Alan Maclean and Assistant Chief Minister Senator Freddie Cohen, led the delegation, the first of its kind, under the auspices of UK Israel Business, a new group encompassing British and Israeli chambers of commerce.


Plan for Israel-style 'volunteer villages' in UK

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

Students are to be offered help with housing costs in return for devoting some of their free time to voluntary service.

It is part of an ambitious UJIA project embracing both the Jewish and the wider community, one in which organisers hope will help "work towards a society of engaged citizens".


Interview: Ron Prosor

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

It is probably safe to say that no Israeli diplomat has ever used a farewell interview to sing of his regrets at leaving the country where he has served.

But it is equally safe to say that Ron Prosor, Israel's outgoing ambassador to the UK, is no ordinary diplomat. A career high-flyer with Israel's Foreign Ministry, Prosor may well be the best-known foreign envoy in Britain.


We believe in Israel: A new beginning

By Jenni Frazer, May 19, 2011

It was, declared Lord Kestenbaum, opening the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday, the largest single gathering in Britain on behalf of Israel.

It encompassed all shades of political and religious opinion, all ages - with a healthy 20 per cent of student age - and included both Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel, particularly from churches, trade unions, and political parties.


Truly, madly, deeply

By Jenni Frazer, May 12, 2011

I have just had a hilarious discussion with a good friend, apropos the great Hillary Clinton airbrushing by not just one but two strictly Orthodox newspapers in New York.
My friend's partner was once employed at a now defunct Charedi newspaper in Israel. The editor, described as very observant but aware of the world, slightly despaired of his readers.


Only in America?

By Jenni Frazer, May 8, 2011

A newspaper based in Brooklyn, Di Tzeitung, has done the most extraordinary thing. It has taken the by now iconic photo of the White House situation room in which President Obama and members of his administration watch the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden - and Photoshopped Hillary Clinton out of the picture.


The JCC finally gets the builders in

By Jenni Frazer, April 21, 2011

It has taken a little longer than anticipated but Dame Vivien Duffield's ambitious plans for a Jewish Community Centre in London, first mooted in October 2003, are finally taking physical shape. The old Mercedes showroom in north-west London's Finchley Road has been razed and construction is likely to begin in late summer or early September.


Not big, clever or funny

By Jenni Frazer, April 12, 2011

The whole of Israel now knows exactly where Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was when he was speaking on the radio yesterday. That's right, Mr Exquisite Manners was using the facilities in his bathroom. We know this because immediately after he finished speaking, a lavatory flush was heard.


Idly musing

By Jenni Frazer, April 8, 2011

Among the endless predictions of how we function in the 21st century is the all-too frequent potential death of newspapers. Of course, I am partial on the newspaper issue but I wonder if thought is being given to the actual tactile, physical product, as much as the content.


Laura, I wish you good luck

By Jenni Frazer, April 1, 2011

Just over 20 years ago - in March 1990 - the JC recorded the death of Beatrice J Barwell, or Trixie, as she was apparently affectionately known.


The Bell Hotel

By Jenni Frazer, April 1, 2011

The taxi driver, dropping me late at night at Tel Aviv's Bell Inn, on the corner of Allenby and Hayarkon Streets, was a bit dubious.

"Do you want me to come in with you?" he said.

But his anxieties (the hotel is located at the quieter end of this otherwise vibrant area) were misplaced.


Pro-Israel protester attacked at SOAS

By Jenni Frazer, March 20, 2011

A pro-Israel protester has been taken to hospital after being bitten on the cheek outside SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, today. Police arrested two men on suspicion of affray. They have been bailed without charges for dates in April.


Cynara part 2

By Jenni Frazer, March 7, 2011

Last night was the last night of Jewish Book Week, billed as "The Last Word," a discussion between Jonathan Freedland and Howard Jacobson.


Secret summer sojourn in a Swiss ski resort

By Jenni Frazer, March 4, 2011

Sometimes the incongruous and the unexpected provide the happiest of marriages. As with Christmas in July, so with Switzerland in high summer.

There is still, for romantics, a bit of snow, right up at the top of the mountains. But everywhere else is like something from a child's colouring book: the greenest of green trees, the bluest of blue lakes and skies.