Lens

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

Shavuot In Israel, Belatedly

06/28/2011

Most of the Jewish community celebrated Shavuot, the holiday that marks the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, in mid-June.

Some residents of Israel, including the Black Hebrews of Dimona, celebrated Shavuot a few weeks later.

The group, like the Karaites and Samaritans, who also recognize only the Torah but not the Oral Law as a source for their traditions, count Shavuot as occurring on the Sunday seven weeks after the Sunday of Passover.

Photo By Getty Images

Shalom From Fort Lee

06/21/2011
Staff Writer

It’s not live from New York, but close by.

Across the Hudson River in Fort Lee, in a large set of studios, Shalom TV broadcasts a fare of Jewish shows on cable television available to 40 million homes around the country.

The network (shalomtv.com), founded in 2003, carries movies and documentaries, Israeli news programs and talk shows, High Holy Days services and singles programming.

Photo By Michael Datikash

A Smith Comes From Russia

06/14/2011
Staff Writer

As a young man in Moscow, Mikhael Izrael was interested in art and sculpture, but he became a scientist, earning a doctorate in physics and chemistry.

“You could not make a living” as an artist, he says. “It was a hobby.”

As an immigrant here three decades ago, he changed his name to Michael and decided to follow his dream.

He taught himself to become a silversmith, and has made his living at that ever since. “My family supported me,” he says.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Storahtelling Turns 13

06/07/2011
Staff Writer

The celebration was as innovative as its name.

To mark its 13th year, the Storahtelling education-theater project founded by Amichai Lau-Lavie held a “b mitzvah” ceremony recently at City Winery.

A “b mitzvah,” Lau-Lavie explained, is a “bar mitzvah, a bat mitzvah, a b mitzvah celebration for all genders.”

Photo By Daniel Kukla

A Torah For The Navy

05/31/2011
Editor And Publisher

A surprising highlight of a touching Torah dedication ceremony aboard the USS Iwo Jima last Wednesday at Pier 88 was the fact that the admiral of the ship, who received the scroll on behalf of the Navy from the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, happened to be Jewish.

(An estimated 1 percent of the U.S. military is Jewish.)

Adm. Herm Shelanski appeared moved by the ceremony, telling the 30 or so assembled JCRC representatives and guests that having a Torah on board is deeply meaningful not only to Jewish members of the crew but to all on board.

On board: Adm. Herm Shelanski accepts the Torah on behalf of the Navy from JCC executive vice president and CEO Michael Miller

A Hot Time In The Old (Israeli) Town

05/24/2011

Among Ashkenazic Jews, it’s Lag Ba Omer. For Sephardim, it’s Lag LaOmer.

The holiday this week — the name means the 33rd day of the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot — is a minor part of the Jewish calendar in many diaspora communities, but a prominent day in Israel. For students, a day off from school. For many workers, a day off from work. For many Israelis, a day of picnics, celebrations and bonfires, as here in Meron.

Photo By Getty Images

Gala Celebration Of Life

05/17/2011

One hundred and two people stood on the stage at a ballroom in the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan last week, during a break in the dinner marking the 20th anniversary of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. The foundation, which concentrates its work in the Jewish community, serves as a registry for life-saving donations of bone marrow, blood stem cells and umbilical cord blood.

Of the men and women in the photograph, 94 are donors or recipients; the other eight are foundation board members.

Photo By David Nicolas Photography

Some Israeli Riffs In New York

05/10/2011

As a music student in Manhattan for six years two decades ago, Israel’s Amir Gwirtzman has performed many times in New York City.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Warm Food, Warm Meals At HUC

05/04/2011
Staff Writer

Students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion began serving meals, on an ad hoc basis, to needy people in Greenwich Village in the early 1980s, making the Monday night soup kitchen a formal institution in 1988.

Every week — no matter the weather, no matter what holiday occurs that day, no matter the state of the economy — a few dozen volunteers from the Reform seminary, and a cadre of other volunteers, welcome and serve more than 100 “guests.”

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From Uzbekistan With Artifacts

04/27/2011
Staff Writer

In his native Tashkent, capital of the now-independent Soviet republic Uzbekistan, Aron Aronov built up a collection of Jewish items from Uzbeki life that he would show visitors to his apartment. He couldn’t bring the artifacts in his limited luggage space when he came to the United States in 1989, so he shipped the stuff ahead, at great personal expense.

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