Lens

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

Ever On The Hate Watch

10/14/2013 - 20:00

What keeps Abraham Foxman, the national direct of the Anti-Defamation League, up at night?

Abraham Foxman in conversation with Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt. Michael Datikash

Negev Emerges From Tourism Wilderness

09/30/2013 - 20:00
Text By Steve Lipman

This month marks a minor anniversary in Israel — the “Lonely Planet” travel guide publisher a year ago placed Israel’s Negev desert second on its list of the world’s top 10 regional travel destinations for 2013.

“For decades the Negev was regarded as nothing but a desolate desert,” the guide stated. “But today, this region is a giant greenhouse of development. Think eco-villages, spa resorts and even wineries. In the next few years a new international airport at Timna is scheduled to open, followed by a high-speed railway to Eilat and more hotels.”

The Negev has become a top tourist destination. Getty Images

A Jewish Wedding In Lviv — Sort Of

09/23/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Don’t let your eyes fool you.

It’s not a real Jewish wedding.

The “bride” and “groom” aren’t really Jewish. Either are most of the “parents” or the “rabbi.”

But the Jewish spirit was real.

Jewish spirit, if not actual Jews, was on full display at LvivKlezFest. Getty Images

Not A Pedestrian Sukkah

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Within the bounds of Jewish law, creativity over the years has brought forth a wide range of sukkah huts for the observance of the Sukkot holiday. There are huts on flatbed trucks and those whose walls are canvas and wood and ply-glass.

A congregation in car-dependent Miami offers a drive-through sukkah. Getty Images

Roping In Audience For Art

09/09/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

With the New Year come and gone, however early it feels, we must also say goodbye to summer and its pleasures. This past season, one of them was Orly Genger’s massive Madison Square Park rope sculptures: Red, Yellow and Blue, which dominated the Flatiron District’s green space from May 2 through Sept. 8.

Three massive rope sculptures by artist Orly Genger dominated Madison Square Park this summer. Michael Datikash

An Early Taste Of Rosh HaShanah

09/02/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Why did some young volunteers in a trendy new Jewish organization dress up as bees and pass out free jars of honey here in the last few weeks?

Jewish groups gave out honey on the street to publicize Rosh HaShanah and its doings. Michael Datikash

Home On The Range

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Book Critic

It’s always about more than food.

Photo By Ania Gruca

‘I Just Bend A Few Wires’

08/19/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A drawing of some celebrity by Al Hirschfeld, the noted caricaturist of Broadway stars and other public figures, caught the attention of Sam Goldstein, a retired printer, about 20 years ago.

Photo by Michael Datikash

Ending Ramadan, In Israel

08/12/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

With one religion’s holiday season about to start in Israel in a few weeks, another’s ended last week.

Getty Images

Re-Honoring A Fallen Marine

08/05/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

He died serving in a conflict few Americans now remember. And for years, his damaged tombstone was hidden under a thick forest of weeds in a long-neglected Jewish cemetery in Queens, his bronze Marine plaque stolen by vandals.

Honoring a hero. Theresa Pisciotta
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