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Dec 12, 2015, 8:02 PM
Four Go To Norfolk. (Two Teenagers One Bathroom On Location)
I promised to keep it short and sweet. A two night break in Norfolk - the four of us. They were uncharacteristically amenable, positive even. There was nothing else on the holiday horizon for them. Ilana (18) was childminding,...
Aug 31, 2015, 4:21 PM
Ilana’s Gap Year and Her Mum Sheds a Tear.
I encouraged her to go. I had done a similar course with FZY in 1984 and had had the time of my life. I wanted her to have the same rich experience. She wasn’t sure. Unlike me she was...
Apr 3, 2014, 6:12 PM
Teach Your Children Well With UJIA
It was the seventies in Leeds. Youth movements and flares were all the rage. I hung out at Habo then boogied at BBYO. Then came the eighties, I laughed the whole way through the Leeds and Yorkshire Israel Tour and in...
Feb 28, 2014, 8:44 PM
Only One Good Samaritan Outside Two Jewish Schools
Have you ever agreed to do something because you didn’t really have a good reason not to and anyway it was a long way in the future? So today I woke up and thought uch, I’ve got that fire marshal...
Nov 28, 2013, 12:26 AM
The Day David Cameron Chillaxed with My Son.
Last week I got an email from the Prime Minister’s office requesting Ethan Frazer’s presence at a Chanukah reception at Number Ten. Who was this Ethan Frazer? I do have an Ethan, my thirteen year old son - Ethan...
Oct 27, 2013, 5:58 PM
Would you rather….
There’s a little known pub game that I like to play. It’s nothing to do with how many cream crackers you can eat without a drink or, for that matter, how much you can drink (with or without a...
Jun 9, 2013, 11:10 PM
It’s camp Jim, but not as we know it.
Tis the season of summer camp meetings. Just the thought of camp takes me and my rose tinted spectacles back to the late 1970s – those heady times of campfires and no-tech fun. (Equally heady, but not in a...
Nov 29, 2012, 9:14 PM
Ma’oz tzur yeshuati, the cat’s in the cupboard and you can’t catch me
It was one of those “What?? Already??” moments. Yet the signs had been there… the Christmas lights, the £5 boxes of Quality Street chocolates in the supermarket, but the penny had not dropped. Even the constant hints from my...
Oct 9, 2012, 6:43 PM
My year in Israel with FZY 1984-1985. Part Three – Kibbutz Ketura and Moshav Nir Yafe.
Our five months on the Machon came to an end and us six FZYniks had to bid farewell to all our lovely friends. The English folk were bound to turn up again* in our lives but the likes of...
Aug 21, 2012, 5:33 PM
Four Jews on holiday in Spain
It’s not easy being a parent. And it’s especially difficult being a parent of teenagers. You have to lower your expectations. A good day is one without an all out row. A typical day includes tutting, eye rolling and...
Author of Two Kids One Bathroom for The Jewish News. (Oh and there's a husband too.)