Tag Archives: Israel

Soldiers, Jerusalem, Israel 2010

Paratroopers stand together before the swearing in ceremony at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem. Israel’s national security challenges necessitate compulsory military service for all citizens at the age of 18.

Backpack, 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 were …

Shuk Ha’Carmel, Tel-Aviv, Israel 2010

Shuk Ha’Carmel is one of Israel’s biggest open-air markets, located in Tel Aviv. The vendors at the market sell produce, dairy, meat, spices, clothing and other small objects.

Moving Pictures, Tzfat, Israel 1997

Tzfat, an ancient Jewish town in northern Israel, is a center for Kabala and Jewish mysticism, as well as an artist colony today.

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

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 …

Mincha Prayer, Flea Market, Jaffa, Israel 2009

A group of local shopkeepers in Jaffa (the historic seaport just south of Tel Aviv) meet daily to form a minyan (a quorum of 10 men) so they can recite afternoon prayers.  

Church Services, Mi’ilya North Galilee, Israel 2010

About 4% of Israel’s residents practice Christianity; most are Arab Christians and either Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic. Israeli law guarantees freedom of religion for all faiths and protects all holy sites.

Migrating Birds, Hula Valley, Israel 2012

Thousands of migratory birds make a stop in the Hula Valley. The Hula Valley is north of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), the Golan Heights are visible in the background of the image.

The Dan River, Israel 2002

The Dan River in the Golan Heights is one of the Jordan River’s three tributaries, along with the Hatzbani and the Banias. Fed by rains and snowmelt from Mount Hermon, the Dan River Valley is lush and green, especially in the springtime.

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, …

Talmudist, Jerusalem, Israel 2009

A scholar studies a page of Talmud in a Jerusalem yeshiva. The Talmud is a compilation of discussions by the ancient rabbis of Babylonia, and serves as a basis for Jewish tradition and practice to this day.

Russian Christian Pilgrims, Sea of Galilee, Israel 2010

The Sea of Galilee (Ha-Kinneret) is a popular destination for Christian pilgrims. Many episodes in Jesus’s life, according to the New Testament, took place in and around the Sea of Galilee, including the miracle of walking on water and the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

Football, Haifa, Israel

Soccer, known in Hebrew as cadur-regel  (literally, “football”) is Israel’s most popular sport, and fans (like sports fans everywhere) clearly take it seriously. Maccabi Haifa, shown here, is one of Israel’s 14 Premiere League football clubs.

The Secret, Mevaseret Zion Absorption Center, Israel 1990

During the 1980s and 1990s, many Jews came to Israel from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union for religious freedom and a better life. These immigrants often lived in special apartment buildings, called “absorption centers,” until they could find more permanent homes. Absorption centers provide temporary housing and an introduction to Israeli life for many …

Ben Yehuda Street, Jerusalem, Israel 2009

A pedestrian mall runs through the heart of the modern city of Jerusalem on Ben Yehudah Street. The “Midrehov”, as it is called, is a hub activity, as locals and tourists pack the area most days to shop, meet friends, and dine at outdoor cafes.

Canopy, Jerusalem, Israel 2010

Drying laundry forms a canopy above this Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. In the foreground, several pairs of tallit kattan or tzitzit hang from the clothesline. Orthodox men wear this fringed garment beneath their clothes as a constant reminder of God’s commandments.

Bedouin Tent, Negev, Israel 2001

The Bedouins are a traditionally nomadic population that lives throughout the Middle East. There are about 200,000 Bedouin in southern Israel. While most live in Israeli-built towns, many do not and still practice a semi-nomadic lifestyle.  

Palmachim Beach, Israel 2002

The popular Palmachim Beach is located on the Mediterranean coast of central Israel. The area is named for the Palmach, (Hebrew acronym for Plugot Mahatz, literally, “strike forces”) an elite unit of the Haganah, the underground Jewish army in pre-state Israel.  

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.

Greenhouse, Negev, Israel

It has been a goal of Zionist movement to develop the arid Negev, to “make the desert bloom”. This goal has led to extraordinary technological innovation, including the building of greenhouses and the development of drip irrigation, a technique that has been used worldwide.

Amiaz Plains, Israel 2002

The Amiaz Plains rise to the west of the Dead Sea.

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 …

Family Origin: Uzbekistan, Kiryat Malachi, Israel 2007.

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

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.

Honorable Discharge, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1992

Look at the expression on this man’s face. How would you describe it—fear, sadness, confusion, and joy? He has just arrived in Israel from the former Soviet Union. Under communism, Soviet Jews were not allowed to practice their religion openly and were often denied the right to immigrate to the U.S. or Israel. But after …

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 …

Mosque, Tur’an, Israel 2010

Tur’an is an Arab town in the north of Israel. Its population of 11,000 is mostly Muslim. Israeli law guarantees freedom of religion for all faiths and protects all holy sites.  

Sunrise Shema, Sde Boker, Israel 2003

The people in this photograph are reciting morning prayers in the heart of the Negev Desert, just outside a kibbutz called Sde Boker. Sde Boker is where Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, chose to retire. His vision and hope was that Israelis would move to the Negev and make the barren land flourish. Over …

Bedouin Kindergarten, Negev, Israel 2001

The Bedouin are a traditionally nomadic population that lives throughout the Middle East. There are about 200,000 Bedouin in southern Israel. While most live in Israeli-built towns, many do not and still practice a semi-nomadic lifestyle.  

Night Club, Tel-Aviv, Israel 2010

Tel-Aviv is Israel’s most cosmopolitan city and the center of the country’s secular culture. Tel-Aviv boasts a vibrant art and music scene and an active nightlife.

Schoolchildren, Jerusalem, Israel 2007

Named for the town of Belz in western Ukraine and founded by Rabbi Shalom Rokeach in the early 19th century, the Belzer have become one of the largest ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel.

City by the Sea, Tel-Aviv, Israel 2009

The city of Tel-Aviv offers a unique combination of cosmopolitan life, art, and culture alongside some of the area’s best beaches. High-rise hotels line the Mediterranean Coast along the west side of the city.

Saturday Morning Walk, Hertzeliya, Israel 2010

The beach in Hertzeliya is crowded with local residents enjoying the city’s sandy shores.

Farmer, Eastern Galilee, Israel 1997

The Galilee, in northern Israel, is the country’s most fertile agricultural region. It is also known for its beautiful rolling hills and valleys.

Tourists, Negev, Israel 2005

The Negev in southern Israel is more than just a desert. From Eilat in the south to Mitzpeh Ramon, Sde Boker, and the city of Be’er Sheva, the Negev offers a variety of attractions for tourists, including beaches, nature, archaeology, history, and of course, camel rides.

Sunset, Nahariya, Israel 1995

The Mediterranean Sea (Israel coastal plain) extends 187 kilometers (116 miles), north to south, with sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate.

Haifa, Israel 2000

This photograph offers a view of the port of Haifa, with the Baha’i Temple & Gardens in the foreground. The Baha’i faith was founded in Persia in the 19th century and has about 5 million adherents worldwide. The elaborate Baha’i Gardens in Haifa are a popular tourist destination.

Gone Fishing, Kiryat Yam, Israel 2010

Fishermen stand on defunct sewer pipes on the Mediterranean Sea, fishing. The pipes are a reminder of Israel’s ongoing efforts in the areas of sustainable growth and development.

Moroccan Rabbi, Be’er Sheva, Israel 2008

Since 1948, nearly a million Jews have come to Israel from Arab and Muslim lands—a large portion in just the first couple of decades of Israel’s existence. They came to escape religious intolerance and poverty, and to start new lives in their historic homeland. In 1948, there were over a quarter of a million Jews …

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.

Mother and Son, Ramla, Israel 1986

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 were …

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 …

Schoolgirl, Israel ,Circa 1989

Shortly after arriving from Ethiopia, this schoolgirl draws a picture in celebration of Hanukah. Israel is home to a diverse mixture of Jews with varying traditions, customs and national origins.  

A Sign and a Witness, 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 were …

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 …

Family Origin: Ethiopia, Rehovot, Israel 2008

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Family Origin: Germany, Kibbutz Dafna, Israel 2007

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Family Origin: USA, Tel Aviv, Israel 2008

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Family Origin: Dagestan, Hadera, Israel 2007

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Family Origin: Poland & England, Mevaseret Zion, Israel 2008

  Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration …

Family Origin: Yemen, Moshav Yishi, Israel 2007

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Family Origin: India, Moshav Nevatim, Israel 2007

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Family Origin: Ethiopia & Belarus, Haifa, Israel 2008

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Family Origin: Baku (Azerbaijan), Acco, Israel 2007

Often framed as a monolithic society, Israel is in fact made up of the many stories of the immigrating families who have built their lives there, united under the values of a shared heritage and history. The Israeli family has a distinct blend of customs from their original home country and the homeland. Immigration to …

Flea Market Mincha Time, Yafo, Israel, 2009

In Jaffa, the port neighborhood which is part of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, the centrally-located fleamarket (shuk) is like thousands of others across the Middle East, an environment of hustling, hollering and haggling. All of these changes at midday, when the hot Mediterranean sun is at its peak and for twenty minutes many of the …

Adorning the Bride, Yemenite Bride, Yavne, Israel, 1984

In this photo taken in the Yemenite Jewish community in Israel, a bride is helped by an older relative as she puts on the elaborate adornments customarily worn during the wedding celebration. Jewish culture in Yemen had developed largely separate from the rest of the Jewish world, even from the rest of the Mizrahi Jews …

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 …

Social Justice, Tzfat, Israel, 2008

Tzfat has the highest elevation of any city in Israel and is located north of the Sea of Galilee in a lushly forested and hilly area. Since the 16th century it has been considered one of four holy cities in Israel and has been the capital of the mystical practice of Kabbalah, for which it …

Shabbat Welcome, Holon, Israel, 2012

Israeli society is made up of Jewish communities from a variety of backgrounds as well as differing levels of participation in the rituals of Jewish life. It is possible to take the culture and language for granted and neglect the spiritual and religious dimensions of being Jewish in a Jewish state. At a community center …

Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel, 2010

Here is a photograph of The Mount of Olives (Har HaZeitim) with the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City and the rotunda of the Dome of the Rock in the distance. Once covered in olive groves, The Mount of Olives has been used for burials since Biblical times and is referenced in writings from the time …

Soldier on Leave, Or Akiva, Israel, 2001

This young Israeli soldier is a member of the Kavkazi community, Jews from the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia and Azerbaijan. The origins of the Kavkazi community are mysterious—some believe their story began more than 2,500 years ago with the Jewish exile to Babylon. But throughout their history, the Kavkazi Jews always longed to return to Eretz Yisrael. …

Soccer Fan, Kibbutz Mefalsim, Negev, Israel, 2008

The title of this photograph, Soccer Fan, says it all. And if the title doesn’t get the point across, the banner behind this boy does. It reads, “After you I will go…I’m ready to die for you—Maccabi Tel-Aviv.” Maccabi Tel-Aviv is the oldest and most successful soccer team in Israel. In fact, the team was established even …

Speak to God, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2006

Ozeri met this young man in Tel-Aviv, at the entrance to Shuk Ha-Carmel (Carmel Market), a busy, open-air mall. The man is a member of the Bratslav sect of Hasidic Judaism. Bratslavers follow the teachings of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (1772 – 1810), who encouraged followers to cultivate an intense, personal, joyous relationship with God. This man’s sign …

B’nei Menashe (Immigrants from India), Carmiel, Israel, 2007

This photograph was taken at an absorption center for new immigrants in Israel. The subjects of the photo are members of the B’nei Menashe (Children of Menashe), a small group of people from northeast India whose traditions bear similarities to Jewish practice and who believe they are descended from the ancient Israelite tribe of Menashe. They trace their …

Tell Me, What’s Your Name, Rehovot, Israel, 2008

Tell Me, What’s Your Name is the title of the book these girls are reading. It may also have been the Œfirst thing they said to each other when they met in their nursery school class in the Israeli city of Rehovot. Rehovot (literally, “wide expanses”) is one of the oldest and most diverse modern Israeli cities. …

Background, Rehovot, Israel, 2008

A teenager sits on her bed in the Israeli town of Rehovot. Her schoolbook is open on her lap, her shelves strewn with other books and assorted knickknacks. This could be any teenager’s room anywhere in the world. But the poster on the wall above the bed refl‰ects this girl’s unique cultural heritage. It shows daily life …

Shochet, Rosh Ha-Ayin, Israel, 1983

Notice the bloodstains on this man’s shirt. He’s a shochet—a person who slaughters animals according to Jewish law. A shochet must be thoroughly trained and knowledgeable in the laws of kashrut. Here he is shown sharpening his knife. In order for an animal (other than a Œfish) to be kosher, it must be killed with a single stroke across …

Backpack, 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 diffiŒcult 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 were rescued through the …

The Secret, M’vaseret Zion, Israel, 1990

During the 1980s and 1990s, many Jews came to Israel from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union for religious freedom and a better life. These immigrants often lived in special apartment buildings, called “absorption centers,” until they could Œfind more permanent homes. Absorption centers provide temporary housing and an introduction to Israeli life for many new immigrants. The …

Honorable Discharge, Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel, 1992

Look at the expression on this man’s face. How would you describe it—fear, sadness, confusion, joy? He has just arrived in Israel from the former Soviet Union. Under communism, Soviet Jews were not allowed to practice their religion openly and were often denied the right to immigrate to the U.S. or Israel. But after Gorbachev (the Soviet president) …

Open Table, (Immigrants from Azerbaijan), Acco, Israel, 2007

Members of the Kavkazi community (Jews from the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia and Azerbaijan) who have immigrated to Israel have strived to retain important aspects of their rich cultural heritage. This photograph refl‰ects one example of this—the value of hospitality that is central to their tradition. The woman in the middle (with her head covered) represents another …

Tisha B’Av, Western Wall, 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 …

Sunrise, Sde Boker, Israel, 2003

The people in this photograph are reciting morning prayers in the heart of the Negev Desert, just outside a kibbutz called Sde Boker. Sde Boker is where Israel’s fiŒrst Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, chose to retire. His vision and hope was that Israelis would move to the Negev and make the barren land ‰flourish. Over the years, Israel …

Olive Harvesting, Kibbutz Tzova, Israel, 2006

It’s the season of the olive harvest in Israel, and these young people are helping out on the kibbutz where they live. Since ancient times, olives have been a key crop and an enduring symbol of the Land of Israel. In the Bible, Israel is described as “a land of wheat and barley, of vines, …