“Tell Me, What’s Your Name?”, Rehovot, Israel 2008

“Tell Me, What’s Your Name?”, Rehovot, Israel 2008

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Tell Me, What’s Your Name? is the title of the book these girls are reading. It may also have been the first thing they said to each other when they met in their nursery school class in the Israeli city of Rehovot.

Rehovot, is one of the oldest and most diverse modern Israeli cities, was founded in 1890 by Polish Jews. The original inhabitants were joined 16 years later by immigrants from Yemen. Today, Rehovot is home to more than 100,000 people, representing religious, as well as secular communities, and hailing from Ethiopia, North Africa, Yemen, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere. The young girls in this photograph reflect not only the diversity of the local community but the spirit of fellowship that typifies the residents of Rehovot.