Lens

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

Fire Damages Historic Synagogue

01/14/2014
Staff Writer

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union nearly 25 years ago, the Jewish population of Grodno, in Belarus, like all others behind the former Iron Curtain, started to rebuild itself.

Photo via FireInGrodno.com

Discovering Holy Blue

01/07/2014
Staff Writer

A spiny, 3-inch snail made big news in Jerusalem the other day.

During an all-day conference at the Begin Heritage Center, some 350 people heard lectures by an all-star international lineup — including rabbis and scientists, lawyers and political leaders — discussing the murex trunculus, and what comes out of it.

Ptil Tekhelet

An Exhibit Of Nazi Hatred

12/31/2013
Staff Writer

Sixty-seven years after it mysteriously disappeared after the Nuremberg Trials, the diary of a member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle recently turned up in the home of a scholar who lives near Niagara Falls.

Getty Images

Sign Of The (Inclusive) Times

12/24/2013
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.

IYIM/Video Eden

A Magical Trip To Orlando

12/17/2013
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

12/10/2013
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

12/03/2013
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

11/26/2013
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

11/19/2013
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

11/12/2013
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
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