Tag Archives: Music and the arts

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.

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.

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, …

A Scribe, Berkeley, California, 2010

From the inscription of a single letter up through the completion of an entire scroll, the mitzvah of writing a Sefer Torah is a very important commandment as it continues the chain of Jewish tradition and study. Here, Julie Seltzer, one of a handful of female sofers (scribes) worldwide, sits at a desk, comparing the …

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 …

Klezmer Duo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002

Klezmer is the traditional music of Eastern European Jews. Although many people think of it as oldfashioned music, young Jewish musicians all over the world have started playing klezmer again. The two men in this picture are from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although this photo was taken at their studio in Argentina, their band plays all over the world. …