Tag Archives: Study

“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 …

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.

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 …

Hebrew Class, Israel 1994

Israel is a melting pot for Jews from across the world. New immigrants arrive constantly, speaking many different languages. Israel has created the ulpan, which is a language immersion program created to teach immigrants Hebrew quickly and efficiently. Many ulpan classes are held in absorption centers, like the one pictured here. This group of new …

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.  

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.

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 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 …

Older Sister, Hong Kong, 2008

Hong Kong may not be the fiŒrst place most people think of when they think of Jewish communities, but Jews have lived there for at least 150 years. Persian Jewish merchants arrived in Hong Kong in 1842, after China ceded the territory to Great Britain. Hong Kong’s Œfirst synagogue opened in 1900, but the community remained small—by the …

Upsherin, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, 1995

What do you see in this photograph? A young boy sits on a rabbi’s lap, and together they point to Hebrew letters while a jar of honey sits beside them on the table. It is a custom in some communities that when a boy reaches three years of age, he gets his hair cut for the fiŒrst …

Waiting for Seven Jews, Djerba, Tunisia, 1995

This is the El-Ghriba Synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba. Although the current building was constructed in 1929, it is believed that a synagogue has existed on this site for 2,000 years. According to tradition, the Œfirst synagogue on the spot was built with a stone from the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem. If you look closely at …

Cave, Haidan A-Sham, Yemen, 1992

You don’t need to be in a classroom or synagogue to study the Torah. You can do it almost anywhere—even in a cave. The town of Haidan A-Sham is located in a rugged and mountainous part of Yemen, and the Jews there made use of whatever spaces were available. These boys have gathered in a cave to …