Lens

The JW's weekly photo feature, often showcasing the work of photographer Michael Datikash.

Burn Notice

03/31/2015
Staff Writer

A Erev Passover in Israel is not a good time for anyone with respiratory problems.

Everywhere you go, smoke gets in your lungs. And in your eyes. And all over you.

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Streit Into Lower East Side History

03/25/2015
Staff Writer

A  carton of matzahs cost a dollar or less, and the already-declining Jewish population of the Lower East Side still stood at a few hundred thousand when the Streit’s kosher food company opened a matzah factory in four converted tenement buildings on Rivington Street 90 years ago.

Photo by Michael Datikash

In Berlin, Building Bridges Through Food

03/17/2015
Staff Writer

In response to the recent increase in anti-Semitism in Europe, some Jewish communities have responded with added security measures, some with rallies, some with political lobbying.

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Interfaith ‘Day Of Peace’ In France

03/10/2015
Staff Writer

Relations between Jews and Muslims in France, according to recent headlines, are tense, with Jews fearing for their lives.

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For Jerusalem Marathon, Disabled Kids Get Training Help From Police Officers

03/03/2015
Staff Writer

Since the Jerusalem Marathon was first run through the hilly streets of Israel’s capital in 2011, representatives of ALEH, which bills itself as the country’s “largest network of facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities,” have been a presence. As members of Team ALEH, supporters traveled the 26.2-mile course in distinctive bright green T-shirts to raise money and publicity for the organization, then with in a small group of ALEH (ALEH.org) residents who, with aid, “ran” an abbreviated course on race day.

Photo By ALEH

Write On Students Experience Israel

02/24/2015
Editor And Publisher

Yonah Yesowitz, a senior at Union County Magnet High School in Springfield, N.J., said the just-completed nine-day Write On For Israel trip to the Jewish state left him “eager to get involved within the Jewish community and to advocate for my homeland on college campuses.”

Photo by Linda Scherzer

Inside An Unlikely Marriage

02/17/2015
Editor And Publisher

One of the reasons that legendary Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, the epitome of Establishment society, decided to marry Lucinda Franks, a journalist and radical hippie almost 30 years his junior, four decades ago was seeing her take on a society woman who made disparaging remarks about Jews at an evening party when the couple was dating.

Photos By Michael Datikash

‘Disruptive’ Artwork in Paris

02/10/2015
Staff Writer

Is coexistence dangerous?

It was last week, for one artist in Paris.

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Digitizing The Jewish Past

02/04/2015
Staff Writer

In 1941 the Nazis destroyed the headquarters of the YIVO Yiddish research institute in Vilna, Lithuania, ransacking the library and archives. Some material was sent to Frankfurt, Germany, to serve as the basis for the Third Reich’s Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question, and some was hidden in Vilna.

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Anniversary Of Budapest Ghetto’s Liberation

01/27/2015
Staff Writer

For more than two months near the end of World War II, several blocks in the Jewish area on Budapest, on the Pest side of the Danube, became a site of death and suffering. Surrounded by barbed wire and a stonewall, Budapest’s Jewish ghetto became the home of some 200,000 Jews, who died there of disease and starvation, or were shipped to Auschwitz from a nearby train platform.

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