Lens

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

Standard Sukkah, Unusual Setting

10/18/2011

Like any sukkah, the 10-by-10-foot tarpaulin hut put up by the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale last week attracted people committed to religious tradition.

In the case of some who ate and studied in the AJR sukkah, it’s the Catholic tradition.

The nondenominational rabbinical school is located on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, a Catholic institution that is also the home of nuns affiliated with the Sisters of Charity.

Photo By Helene Santo And Irwin Huberman

‘A Lulav And Etrog Shuk’

10/11/2011
Staff Writer

One of New York City’s busiest — and briefest — shopping centers made its annual appearance this week.

Between Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur, and Wednesday, erev Sukkot, a stretch of several blocks along the south side of Main Street in Queens’ heavily Jewish Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood, became a pre-holiday bazaar. At wooden tables set up along the street, Sukkot supplies went on sale.

Available were Four Species sets and materials for family sukkahs. And, in once-a-year storefronts, ready-to-assemble sukkahs themselves.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Enduring Anti-Israel Sentiment At St. Andrews

10/11/2011
Staff Writer

Chanan Reitblat, a Lithuanian-born and American-bred post-graduate student at Yeshiva University, went to Scotland’s historic St. Andrews University earlier this year to study chemistry and learned a lesson in contemporary politics.

Chanan Reitblat: Donates compensation from bias incident in Scotland to family of terrorist victims.

Casting Our Sins Away In Brooklyn

10/04/2011
Staff Writer

Casting one’s sins, symbolically, upon the waters is a minor part of the High Holy Days, certainly less important and less spiritually valuable than Rosh HaShanah’s shofar, Yom Kippur’s fasting and both days’ prayer and repentance. Nonetheless, Tashlich is a strong tradition.

Like at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, above, where Jews have gathered for decades, walking from nearby Crown Heights and Borough Park and Flatbush, to throw breadcrumbs into the lake, to read some biblical verses and to mingle.

And under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo By Getty Images

Making Holy Days Sounds on Long Island

09/27/2011

Preparations for Rosh HaShanah began, in a hands-on way, in Lawrence, L.I., last week.

Photos By Tova Zucker

Torah Dedication At Queens College

09/20/2011

In Jewish tradition, last Saturday — the 18th day of Elul — was a significant date. It is the anniversary of the birth of two major chasidic figures: the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the chasidic movement; and Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Photos By Michael Datikash

New Museum On The Lower East Side

09/13/2011

New York City’s newest Jewish museum is located in — loosely speaking — the city’s oldest Jewish neighborhood.

Photos by 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
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