About The Jewish Lens
The Jewish Lens (TJL) provides experiential Jewish educational programming, engaging youth and young adults in the exploration of Jewish values, identity and tradition while discovering the diversity and unity of Klal Yisrael (Jewish Peoplehood). TJL’s innovative methodology couples the emotional impact of photography with more traditional text-based learning, empowering participants to both strengthen their link to Judaism and then express it through their own photographs and commentary.
TJL programs culminate in an in-person and/or online exhibition, which serves as a powerful way to share with the community the students' visual and verbal expressions of what being Jewish means to them.
Founded by world-renowned photographer Zion Ozeri, TJL programs partner arts and experiential education with traditional instruction and are implemented in both formal and informal Jewish educational settings.
Imagine a moment frozen in time - the result of which leads to great potential in visual learning, intellectual and emotional stimulation, and development of analytical skills. Through the universal medium of photography, The Jewish Lens provides the next generation of Jews with an entry point to Jewish learning, skills development, and an opportunity to share their voice - their lens - with others.
Board of Directors
Sandy Antignas, New York, NY
Curriculum Advisory Board
Renee Ghert-Zand, Associate Director, Jewish Educational Leadership, Bureau of Jewish Education, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President, Shalem Center, Israel
Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies and Director, Rabbi Donald Tan Institute of Jewish Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Manager of Religious Life, Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, Hillel at New York University, New York, NY
Robert Chazan, Ph.D., Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, New York, NY
Rabbi Zev Reichman, East Hill Synagogue, Englewood, NJ; Yeshiva University, New York, NY
Eugene Rothman, PhD, Associate Director for Academic Development and Senior Fellow, The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Professor Haim Shaked, The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Professor of Middle East Peace Studies; Director, The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and The George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies; University of Miami, Miami, FL
Rabbi Harlan J. Wechsler, Congregation Or Zarua, New York, NY
Leslie Teicher, Educator, New York, NY
Shmuel Adler, Project Manager, Karev for Involvement in Education, Israel
Andrés Spokoiny, CEO and President, Jewish Funders Network
The Jewish Lens is made possible by generous grants from The Covenant Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, and individual donors.