Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York

The Social-Justice Camera

06/12/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

The concept of “tikkun olam” — repairing the world — is a central tenet of Judaism. It is also, not infrequently, an excuse for critics like your humble servant to shoehorn texts and art that are not obviously Jewish into the pages of a Jewish newspaper. But there are times when the connection between Jewish identity, social justice work and the arts is so palpable that to ignore it would be more foolish than to proclaim it.

Bernard Cole’s “Shoemaker’s Lunch,” from 1944, is part of documentary on the Photo League.
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