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05/01/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Gan Sacher (Sacher Park) in the heart of Jerusalem, plays the role in the capital that Central Park does here — a site for concerts and barbecues, soccer games and Frisbee throwing, political rallies and romantic dates.

Last week Gan Sacher was the venue of a mitzvah.

04/24/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

A week after the commemoration of one modern genocide and a day before the anniversary of another, President Barack Obama toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington this week and invoked the legacy of the Shoah to pledge government action against future mass murder.

04/17/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Besides Jerusalem, Djerba may be the most prominent Jewish pilgrimage site in the world.

Every year, thousands of Jews, mostly from France and Israel, flock to this island off of the coast of Tunisia in the Gulf of Gabes on Lag b’Omer, during the period between Passover and Shavuot. The occasion, which takes place this year May 9-10, marks the temporary victory of the Jews over the Romans prior to the destruction of the Second Temple and the date on which the Talmudic-era sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai passed away.

04/10/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Rabbi Jill Jacobs has led and participated in countless seders. Here, she toasts a first-timer, Santiago Perez, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s second annual Food and Justice Passover Seder on April 4.

Ordained by the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Jacobs is the director of Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and has helped to spread awareness about workers in Immokalee, Fla., who pick tomatoes for what activists say are unfair wages and in unsafe conditions. A tomato held pride of place on the seder plate that night.

04/03/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Keeping Passover was once risky for the senior citizens who boarded a bus from the Bronx to the Five Towns last week.

03/27/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory went up in flames. Within 20 minutes, the lives of 146 workers, mostly women, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants, had been lost. One hundred and one years later, Fashion Institute of Technology students took a few hours out on March 21 to chalk the names and ages of the victims on the sidewalk near their school, located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street amid the remnants of New York City’s once-bustling garment district.