Lens

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

Sign Of The (Inclusive) Times

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Sixty-three Israeli boys and girls celebrated their Jewish coming-of-age in a unique joint bar/bat mitzvah ceremony in northern Jerusalem one recent Monday morning.

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A Magical Trip To Orlando

12/16/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

After Ari and Idy Friedman of Brooklyn lost their 10-year-old son, Meir, to leukemia two decades ago, they decided to bring some joy to other children who have cancer.

One wish fulfilled. Photo courtesy Ohr Meir Media

Santa Comes To Jaffa

12/09/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Yes, those are children dressed as Santa Claus—Israeli Arab children.

In Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab part of the Greater Tel Aviv municipality, which plays a prominent role in the New Testament and is home of the famed St. Peter’s Church and to some 6,500 Christian residents, Christmas becomes visible each year – unlike in most of Israel, where it is barely noticed.

A Christmas celebration in Jerusalem. Getty Images

Israel’s Bedouin, Becoming City Dwellers

12/02/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Many of Israel’s Bedouins, nomadic Arabs who have become less nomadic over the last two centuries, face the prospect of forced urbanization.

Bedouin in Israel are facing challenges to their way of life. Getty Images

A Basket Of Treats — And Memories

11/25/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The thanks — the hugs and kisses and tears — started as soon as Masha Pearl arrived at Emily Kessler’s apartment on the Upper West Side last week.

A basket of treats and memories. Michael Datikash

United Against Hate

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

On the way to Warsaw to attend a United Nations climate conference this week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made another stop in Poland.

Photo By Getty Images

A Night Of Remembrance In Berlin

11/11/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

During the Third Reich, the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark in the center of the German capital, was a symbol of Nazi supremacy, through which uniformed soldiers would march.

Germans remember Kristallnacht. Getty Images

A Somber Memorial

11/04/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For 15 months during World War II a 60-acre site 50 miles northeast of Warsaw became a symbol of hatred — from July 23, 1942 until Oct. 19, 1943, at least 800,000 people, Jews and some Gypsies were killed at Treblinka, one of the Nazis’ infamous killing fields on Polish soil.

Photo By Getty Images

Candid Talk On Challenges Of Disability

10/28/2013 - 20:00

Susan Nussbaum, a playwright and novelist confined to a wheelchair for decades, says she doesn’t really think about her disability. Her faith, she told a standing-room-only audience of some 300 people at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the Upper West Side Monday night, comes from resilience and from “people capable of tremendous love and flexibility and creativity — for me that’s enough.”

At the "Understanding Difference" forum, the Jewish community discussed disability and inclusion. Michael Datikash

You Ever Have ‘Kasha Congri?’

10/21/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The cuisine and the chefs in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district last week were a fusion of two cultures.

For four days, two haute cuisine chefs, chums from the Food Network, Eric Greenspan, in dark T-short, and Roberto Treviño, combined their culinary skills at what they know best: Jewish cooking and Latin cooking, respectively.

Elite chefs created Jewish-Latin dishes at a chic Meatpacking District event. Michael Datikash
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