Tag Archives: Diaspora

Synagogue Soup Kitchen, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002

A soup kitchen or comedor comunitario hosted by a Chabad synagogue in Buenos Aires, serves more than a hundred people with a hot meal every day. When this photograph of aid recipients waiting outside the synagogue’s entrance was taken in 2002, it was only a year after the country experienced a major financial collapse that …

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa, 1998

In this photograph, teens at Herzlia High School play basketball on a court near the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Since the first Jewish school was founded in Cape Town at the end of the 19th century, the community has seen a number of institutions for Jewish education arise and merge. …

Synagogue Key Keeper, Žiežmariai, Lithuania, 2003

Though the late 19th century synagogues in the cities of Central and Eastern Europe are breathtakingly beautiful, with Moorish towers, brightly colored abstract painting, and arches and colonnades that rival many cathedrals, the style certainly did not exist outside the walls of cosmopolitan cultural centers. This wooden synagogue was built in the mid-19th century in …

Priestly Blessing Cartagena, Colombia, 2011

In this photograph, a father draws his three sons to his chest during the Birkat Kohanim, the priestly blessing. In the tradition of many Sephardic communities, including this one in Cartagena, Columbia, men cover the heads of their children during the blessing so they can focus on the meaning of the Hebrew words while it’s …

Shema Yisrael, Medellín, Colombia, 2011

Prayer is a central focus of any Jewish community, whether it is conducted in the home, a synagogue, a community center, or outdoors. The rituals in this Latin American congregation may look like ones you have seen or participated in. Members of this community adhere to Orthodox traditions, with men and women sitting separately, and …

Clergy Rehearsal, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A., 2010

In this Californian synagogue, two musicians from Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa, join their friend Cantor Mike Stein (right) in song at Temple Aliyah. Rabbi Gershom Sizomu (left) and his son Igaal (center), come from a small but dedicated community known as the Abayudaya (“People of Judah” in Luganda, the local language), that …