Tag Archives: Jewish Symbols

Headstone, Cimpina, Romania, 2000

“It’s a community where I photographed one couple—that’s all that’s left [of the Jewish community]. They still have one synagogue that nobody visits.” This is what the photographer, Zion Ozeri, has to say about the town of Cimpina, Romania, where he took this picture. When he went with the couple to the town’s Jewish cemetery, he found …

Oil Pressers, Alibag, India, 2001

This Jewish family lives in Alibag, India, a small village outside of Mumbai. Many of the Jews from the towns and villages around Mumbai have worked as oil pressers for generations. In fact, they were sometimes known among their non-Jewish neighbors as Shanwar Telis, or “Saturday Oil Pressers,” because they didn’t work on Shabbat. In this picture, you …

Bet-Levi, Peru, 2003

This family lives in the Amazonian jungle of Peru. You can see the refl‰ection of the rainforest just outside their house. You can also see symbols of Jewish identity on their door. Photographer Zion Ozeri explains the family’s history: “Moroccan Jews came to Peru for the rubber industry about 100 years ago. The rubber industry died out, and …