Lens

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

Open House In Park Slope

05/08/2012
Staff Writer

On Shabbat, the usual worshipers came to Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.

The next day, the visitors came.

As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, the century-old Brooklyn synagogue welcomed people with an interest in the synagogue’s neo-Romanesque architecture, its limestone dome and its stained-glass windows.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Holy Purpose, Historic Route

05/01/2012
Staff Writer

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.

Photo By Shimon Kopolovits and Amy Schwartz

Presidential Pledge: ‘Never Again’

04/24/2012
Staff Writer

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.

Photo By Getty Images

Words Of Assurance In Tunisia

04/17/2012
Staff Writer

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.

Photo By Getty Images

Freedom For Tomato Pickers

04/10/2012
Staff Writer

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.

Photo By Ron Sachs

From Cedarhurst, With Lox

04/03/2012
Staff Writer
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Keeping Passover was once risky for the senior citizens who boarded a bus from the Bronx to the Five Towns last week.

Photo By Michael Datikash

At 101, Remembering The Lost Girls

03/27/2012
Staff Writer

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.

Photo By Michael Datikash

A Sample Of The Pesach Spirit

03/20/2012
Staff Writer

The four cups of wine don’t come out until the Passover seders next week, but several New Yorkers started preparing for that part of the holiday last week.

Nearly 400 people attended The Jewish Week’s third Grand Wine Tasting event at City Winery, sampling the products of 27 companies, including major wineries, wine importers, wine retailers, wine touring companies, others in wine-related businesses, cheese companies and restaurants.

A total of more than 120 kosher wines from around the world were available.

Photo By Michael Datikash

In Jerusalem’s Old City Matisyahu Sports New Look

03/13/2012

Recognize the historical landmark in the background? It’s Migdal David, the Tower of David, the two-millennia-old citadel near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the walled Old City of Jerusalem.

Recognize the musical landmark in the foreground?

It’s Matisyahu.

Photo By Getty Images

The Kotel On Kingston Avenue

03/06/2012
Staff Writer

For those who can’t make the 5,883-mile pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray at the Western Wall, there’s now a Kotel closer to home.

At the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn.

Photo By Michael Datikash
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