Lens

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

New Finds Near Ancient Jerusalem

01/08/2013
Staff Writer

Archaeological excavations west of Jerusalem have uncovered some unexpected artifacts — pottery figurines of men and horses, and other ritual items that are thought to date back some 2,700 years to the start of King David’s early reign and the period of the Jewish kingdom’s divided monarchy.

Photo By Getty Images

The Newest Israelis — From India

01/02/2013
Staff Writer

A  blow-up cartoon character isn’t the standard way to welcome newcomers to Israel, but the four-dozen newcomers at Ben-Gurion Airport last week weren’t standard olim.

Photo By Getty Images

An Event Of Notes

01/02/2013
Staff Writer

A lifelong lover of classical music, Hans Herman Kahn — native of Nuremberg, survivor of Dachau,

An elderly Holocaust survivor and lifelong classical music fan receives a personalized concert. Photo courtesy MJHS

New Home For Torah, Immigrants

12/18/2012
Staff Writer

The latest group of Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia arrived in Israel earlier this month.

Within a few days of their arrival at the Ibim absorption center near the Gaza border,

Photo By Ofer Baram/ Jewish Agency for Israel

400 Wins And Still Counting

12/11/2012
Staff Writer

Jonathan Halpert, coach of the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team for four decades,

Photo By Yeshiva University

Bags Of Love, Festival Of Lights

12/04/2012
Staff Writer

Some 150 families in the Bronx got a head start on Chanukah this week.

Actually, they used their hands and feet.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Muslims Leaders Visit Yad Vashem

11/27/2012
Staff Writer

Few people notice when a delegation of visitors comes to Yad Vashem, when the members lay wreaths and stand silently and view the photographs of Nazi atrocity during the Holocaust. One delegation that visited Yad Vashem the other day drew notice — a group of French imams, leaders of their country’s Islamic community.

Photo By Getty Images

Israelis Mark Ethiopian Holiday

11/20/2012
Staff Writer

Every year on the 50th day after Yom Kippur, Ethiopian Jews mark Sigd, a unique Ethiopian Jewish fast day, with prayers and Torah readings. The holiday, which means “prostration” in Ethiopia’s Ge’ez language, marks the day when, according to the Ethiopian Jewish tradition, God first revealed himself to Moses.

On Sigd, Ethiopian Jews symbolically re-accept the Torah.

In Israel, where the majority of Ethiopian Jews have settled in the last three decades, the Ethiopian Jewish community has grown to more than 100,000.

Photo By Getty Images

Missing Stones

11/13/2012
Staff Writer

Throughout Germany and a few other European countries where the Nazis reigned during World War II, German artist Gunter Demnig has installed several thousand Stolpersteine — “stumbling stones” — in city sidewalks in memory of victims (and in a few cases, survivors) of the Holocaust.

This week there are 11 fewer Stolpersteine.

On Kristallnacht last week, the anniversary of the 1938 Nazi-orchestrated “Night of Broken Glass,” police in Greifswald discovered that all its stumbling stones were missing.

Photo By Getty Images

Welcome To Israel

11/06/2012
Staff Writer

This week marked the beginning of the end — the end of Ethiopian Jews’ millennia-old dream to settle in Israel.

Three decades after Operation Solomon, a covert Israeli operation, started to bring the first of thousands of the African country’s Jews to the Promised Land, Israel on Monday brought some 240 members of the Falash Mura, Ethiopian Jews whose forebears had converted to Christianity a century ago. They arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on a charter flight.

Photo By Getty Images
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