Lens

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

From Brooklyn To The Borscht Belt

09/06/2011
Staff Writer

What a way to spend a summer day.

For the second year in a row, more than six-dozen runners made the traditional trek from Brooklyn to the Catskills in a nontraditional way — on foot.

Photo By Hillel Engel

The Last Gelato Of Summer

08/30/2011

In the waning days of summer, a hot-weather snack made most popular in Italy has made an appearance on the Upper West Side. A custom-made food cart opened recently along Broadway at 72nd Street, offering the standard 31 flavors, changed daily, of the Screme Gelato Bar. It also offers a hechsher.

Photo By Michael Datikash

A Record-setting Day At Camp Simcha

08/23/2011

On an ordinary day, a 1,340-foot ribbon will reach around a quarter-mile running track.

On one recent day, a 1,340-foot gold-colored ribbon reached into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Photo By Camp Simcha

A Black Day In French History

08/16/2011
Staff Writer

 
An honor guard stood near Rabbi Alain Goldman in Paris during a ceremony that reflected no honor on France.

On the recent 69th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup of some 13,000 Jews from Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Rabbi Goldman, at right, the city’s former chief rabbi, took part in a memorial ceremony which included World War II veterans, below.

The roundup was the largest mass arrest of Jews in France during World War II; the children and adults arrested over two days were shipped to Auschwitz, where most died.

Photo by Getty Images

A Refuge From Summer’s Heat

08/09/2011
Staff Writer

During the recent sweltering days that have brought temperatures across most of the country above 90 degrees — and in many locations, above 100 — refuge is found in ice cold lemonade, air conditioned rooms and for some with a swimming pool nearby, a refreshing dip in the water.

The Olympic-size pool of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park on Long Island is a popular place this summer.

On a 103-degree day last month, 9-year-old Aaron Bater dove into the Community Park’s pool, above, and other members of his family joined him in the shallow end.

Photo by Michael Datikash

A Memorable Evening

08/02/2011
Editor And Publisher

Two “mind-opening books,” and their authors’ approach to writing them, were explored last Tuesday evening at a Jewish Week Literary Forum held at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the Upper West Side.

Photo by Michael Datikash

A Concert Of Note In Bayreuth

07/26/2011
Staff Writer

‘The hot ticket” one morning this week in Bayreuth, the city in southern Germany that hosts an annual Richard Wagner opera festival, was not a performance of the composer’s “Die Meistersinger” in the main theater, but a smaller orchestra in a smaller hall as part of a fringe festival, England’s Guardian newspaper reported.

The Israel Chamber Orchestra was performing Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”

Photos By Getty Images

A Remnant Of Libya’s Jewish Past

07/19/2011
Staff Writer

At its height, in the middle of the 20th Century, the two-millennia-old Jewish community of Libya numbered nearly 40,000 residents, served by dozen of synagogues.

Today, following several pogroms and an extended migration that started in the 1940s and accelerated in 1967, Libya has no known Jews.

And, of course, no functioning synagogues. The buildings were destroyed over the years, or turned into mosques or Coptic churches.

Photo By Getty Images

Celebrating Freedom In Israel

07/12/2011

Two months after Israelis celebrated their Independence Day, independence day came again last week in Israel.

South Sudanese independence day.

Photo By Getty Images

Honoring The Rebbe’s Memory

07/05/2011

In the 17 years since the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, died, celebrities have come and gone. But the chasidic movement he helped grow into an international phenomenon has kept up with the times. A Facebook page with thousands of fans and the 50,000 — chasidism, non-chasidism and non-Jews — who paid their respects at the Ohel at Old Montefiore Cemetery in Cambria Heights, Queens, this week are indicators that the rebbe’s influence is as strong, if not stronger, than during his life.

Photos By Steve Lipman
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