Tag Archives: History

Tisha B’Av, Jerusalem, Israel 1997

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, marks the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. This event happened almost 2,000 years ago, yet Jews around the world still mourn the loss every year on Tisha B’Av. And what better place to observe this day of mourning and fasting than at the …

The Wall, Jerusalem, Israel 2010

The Kotel Ha-Maaravi, or Western Wall, is considered the holiest spot for Jews today. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Kotel is the only part of the ancient Jewish Temple that remains standing. It was actually part of the retaining wall that held up the Temple Mount, on which the Temple stood. Today, …

Ha-Kinneret, Israel

The Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is located in the north of Israel. The Kinneret is Israel’s largest lake and provides much of the country’s drinking water.

A War Hero and a Legend, Givat Hatachmoshet, Jerusalem, Israel 1997

Shimon “Katcha” Cahaner, An Israeli paratrooper and a war hero, stands in front of a bunker on Jerusalem’s “Ammunition Hill” (“Givat Hatachmoshet”), which has been left as a memorial to the Six-Day War battle for the takeover of the Old City.

“In Basel I Established the Jewish State”, Basel Square, Tel-Aviv, Israel

The “Basel Parking Garage” is located below trendy Basel Square in Tel-Aviv. The square is named for the city in Switzerland, where the First Zionist Conference was held, where Theodore Herzl presented his idea for a modern Jewish state. Herzl is quoted on the side of the parking entrance: “In Basel I Established a Jewish …

Old and New, Jerusalem, Israel 2010

This photograph was taken from above the restored Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem, just outside the walls of the Old City, reflecting a mixture of new and old architecture in an ancient landscape.

Bet Berl, Israel 2002

Bet Berl is a college near Kfar Saba, named for Berl Katzenelson. Katzenelson is considered the spiritual leader of the early Labor Movement.

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel 2010

A Hasidic man stands at a gravesite on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives has been the site of a Jewish cemetery for 3,000 years and holds about 150,000 graves. The rocks atop the gravestone reflect the Jewish tradition of placing stones, rather than flowers, as a …

Absorption Center, Mevaseret Zion, Israel 2008

The newly arrived Ethiopian immigrants in this photograph are staying at an absorption centers outside of Jerusalem until they find more permanent homes. Absorption centers provide temporary housing and an introduction to Israeli life for many new immigrants. The photographer, Zion Ozeri, explains how important these centers are: “The first few steps of any immigrant …

Homa V’migdal Replica, Kibbutz Nir Zvi 1998

A replica of the original tower built for Kibbutz Tel Amal in 1936. These “tower and stockade” structures, were erected overnight to help protect new settlements against Arab attacks in the period before the establishment of the State of Israel.

Old City Alleyway, Jerusalem, Israel 2005

The Old City of Jerusalem is a walled enclave of narrow alleys and stone buildings dating back many centuries. Until the 19th century, the Old City constituted the entire city of Jerusalem, but in modern times, the city has expanded well beyond the Old-City walls. Today, the historic structures of the Old City stand in …

Water Tower, Zichron Ya’akov, Israel 2010

This water tower is located in Zichron Ya’akov, a town on the northern coast of Israel named for Jacob Rothschild. Rothschild’s likeness appears on the water tower below the name of the town. The Rothschilds were a philanthropic French banking family who helped buy and reclaim land before the establishment of Israel.

Rabbi Tarfon Street, Tel-Aviv, Israel 2013

This photograph was taken from above the restored Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem, just outside the walls of the Old City, reflecting a mixture of new and old architecture in an ancient landscape.

Herzl’s Barber Shop, Ra’anana, Israel 2013

Herzl’s Barber Shop is an example of the blending of history and modernity in present day Israel. In this photograph, a barber stands at the door to his shop named for Theodor Herzl, the creator of political Zionism.

General Uzi Narkis, Zion Gate, Jerusalem, Israel 1997

General Uzi Narkis was one of the liberators of the Old City and Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in June 1967. In this photograph, he stands in front of the bullet-marked Zion Gate, in Jerusalem.

Graveste of Eliezer Ben Yehudah, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel 2010

Eliezer Ben Yehudah was born in 1858, in Belarus. Ben Yehudah is known as the reviver and creator of Modern Hebrew. His children are its first native speakers. He is buried in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives.

Ben Gurion’s Grave, Sde Boker, Israel 2009

David Ben Gurion was a primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. He is buried at Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, along with his wife, Paula. Ben Gurion spent the last 20 years of his life at Sde Boker. His former home there is now a museum.

Established 1930, Kfar Vitkin, Israel 2010

Kfar Vitkin is a village in the center of Israel. It was established in 1930, as a farming Moshav (collective settlement). Over the past 70+ years, Kfar Vitkin has expanded and now offers many amenities. The signs in this image advertise the services of a medical clinic and veterinarian.

From the Four Corners of the Earth, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1991

  Jews have lived in Ethiopia for hundreds and hundreds of years. But in the 1970s and 1980s, life became very difficult for them. They were no longer safe. So, in 1984, the Israeli government organized a secret operation—known as Operation Moses—to bring Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel. In six short weeks, almost 8,000 Ethiopian Jews …

Operation Solomon, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1991

  Jews have lived in Ethiopia for hundreds and hundreds of years. But in the 1970s and 1980s, life became very difficult for them. They were no longer safe. So, in 1984, the Israeli government organized a secret operation—known as Operation Moses—to bring Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel. In six short weeks, almost 8,000 Ethiopian Jews …

Operation Exodus, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1992

In the 1990’s Operation Exodus helped to bring over about 1 million Jews to Israel from the former Soviet Union after the fall of communism, and the opening of the “Iron Curtain”. Many Jews were airlifted to freedom in Israel. Today, Israelis originating from the former Soviet Union make up about 15 percent of the …

Purim’s Gandhi, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) India, 2001

To celebrate the festival of Purim, this boy in India’s capital city Mumbai has dressed up in costume, following the well-known tradition of dressing as heroes and villains from the story of Esther. But rather than a figure from the Megillah, he is wearing the iconic outfit of his country’s greatest political hero, Mohandas Gandhi, …

The New Hurva, Jerusalem, Israel, 2010

The Hurva synagogue now stands in the center of Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, but its long and dramatic history serves as a reminder of the struggles for control over the city and its neighborhoods. The original synagogue on this site was built in the early 18th century, when a group of European Jews dedicated to mysticism …