Lens

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

Rocking Shabbat At SXSW

03/19/2013
Staff Writer

South by Southwest, an annual music and film festival in Austin, Texas, has been around since 1987 yet has managed to maintain its geeky hipster street cred, attracting more than 2,000 artists and 30,000 of the young folk who love them, at its run last week.

Photo Courtesy Of ROI Community

Fez Synagogue Reopens

03/12/2013
Staff Writer

Two years ago, as Morocco adopted a new constitution while the Arab Spring raged throughout the Arab world, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI reached out to his country’s small Jewish population. He called for the renovation of all Jewish houses of worship in Morocco, so they could serve as centers for cultural dialogue.

Photo By Getty Images

Love And Wine

03/05/2013
Staff Writer

For Rebecca and Leon Zinger The Jewish Week’s Grand Wine Tasting at City Winery is the perfect place to toast their anniversary.

Photo by Michael Datikash

Getting Into The Holiday Spirits

02/26/2013
Staff Writer

A group of connoisseurs recently enjoyed an early taste of Passover.

Photo by Michael Datikash

Cold Place, Warm Ceremony

02/19/2013
Staff Writer

Torah scroll? Check! Prayerbooks? Check! Shovels? Check!

Photo By Jewish Agency

Remembering A Tragic Anniversary

02/13/2013
Staff Writer

A nightmare began in Berlin 80 years ago.

On Jan. 30, 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg, a respected but aging leader, yielded to political pressure and swore in as the country’s chancellor the Austrian-born leader of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (Nazi Party) whom he dismissively called that “Bohemian corporal.”

Remembering a tragic anniversary. Getty Images

Getting Ready For The Four Cups

02/05/2013
Staff Writer

Passover — or at least a flavor of it — came early for a few thousand people this week.

For some lucky drinkers, Passover came early. Michael Datikash

A Synagogue’s Last Mincha

01/29/2013
Staff Writer

A procession of singing and dancing people, in a celebratory mood, usually escorts Torah scrolls to their new home in the ark of a synagogue or yeshiva.

The procession from the Sixteenth Street Synagogue in Manhattan last week was somber; it ended at the trunk of Richard McBee’s car.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Honoring A Sage’s Yahrtzeit

01/22/2013
Staff Writer

During his lifetime, Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira attracted thousands of pilgrims each year to Netivot, a town in southern Israel between Beersheva and the Gaza border.

Photo By Getty Images

Winter Welcome For Ethiopians

01/15/2013
Staff Writer

The expression for snow in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia, is yäbärädo bnany — but few Ethiopians have much use for that part of the vocabulary. Until last week. When it snowed in Safed.

Photo By Rafi Trabelsi/ The Jewish Agency
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