Sigd in Ethiopia & Israel

One of the most fascinating and difficult parts of Israel is that there is a common religion and nationality for 80% of the civilians, Judaism, but thousands of years in diaspora has led to multiple cultures, languages, and ways to practice Judaism. The desire to keep traditional practices while also being part of the larger Israeli society and being accepted by the Rabbinate in Israel, has caused difficulties for the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Sigd, a Jewish holiday traditionally observed in Ethiopia, provides an opportunity to glimpse the current state of affairs for Ethiopian-Israelis. … More Sigd in Ethiopia & Israel

Following Sidewalks: A Morning Walk Through Ramat Eliyahu

I have walked around Ramat Eliyahu countless times, but when I consider the best way to describe what it is like to walk through the neighborhood to someone who hasn’t observed this place, to help him or her envisage it, I find it difficult. I decided to take an early morning walk, when many in the neighborhood hadn’t quite left their homes, to photograph Ramat Eliyahu in an effort to portray what comes to mind when I think of this neighborhood as a built environment. … More Following Sidewalks: A Morning Walk Through Ramat Eliyahu