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POSTED: Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

JEWISH AFRICA in IRELAND: The Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin will hold my first Jewish Africa photo exhibition, July 6~September 30, 2015. The show will feature only 25 images, a sort of sneak peek preview to larger shows elsewhere. If you find yourself in Dublin during those dates, please drop by.

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2015:

JEWISH AFRICA: A CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY LEG #6 kicks off on February 9. Destinations include: Morocco, Ethiopia, Eritrea…and Israel. Keep up-to-date with my stories and newest photos from the road.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 4, 2015:

JEWISH AFRICA PHOTO EXHIBITIONS: Jewish Africa: A Cultural and Historical Photographic Survey is fast approaching the final stage of the project set for April 2016. Work has already started on post-project projects: photo exhibitions and publishing a book. Check back regularly for updates and details.

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2014:

PORT OF HUMANITY TSURUGA MUSEUM in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan tells the story of an unlikely Japanese-Jewish connection. Tsuruga was the only point of entry in Japan permitted to Jewish refugees during World War II. Jews arrived by ship from Vladivostok, Russia after an arduous trans-Siberian railway trek. Thanks to Chiune Sugihara, the so-called “Japanese Schindler” who was Vice-Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1939-40, some 2,000 individuals and families received transit visas that ultimately saved some 6,000 souls. Most went on to Kobe, then by ship to Shanghai, China while others ended up in the US, the UK, and Australia. The museum features small but informative exhibits about Sugihara and the Jewish refugees. At the end of December, I am planning to visit the Holocaust Educational Center near Hiroshima. Sometime next year, I plan to visit the newly renovated Sugihara Museum and Memorial in his hometown not far from Nagoya (about halfway between Osaka and Tokyo). Even out here in the Land of the Rising Sun there are important Jewish connections to be made and documented.

POSTED: Friday, January 17, 2014:

Abayudaya: The Jews of Uganda is a colorful 16-month Jewish-themed calendar (September 2014 - December 2015 / Tishrei 5775 ~ Tevet 5776) celebrating the ABAYUDAYA JEWS OF UGANDA. Visit STORE for calendar details, preview, and orders. To see more images from the Abayudaya communities, go here. To read about the Abayudaya, visit my Jewish Africa blog.

POSTED: Saturday, January 4, 2014:

JEWS IN VIETNAM: I’ve just added images of Chabad Jewish Center of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam is the 95th country/territory in the Jewish photo archives. See for yourself.

POSTED: Saturday, November 23, 2013:

IN MEMORIAM: Marsha Goldfine was a brilliant Judaic artist who brightened the world beyond her home outside Washington, D.C. She gave me a huge honor a few years ago when she turned one of my photographs of the Great Synagogue in Subotica, Serbia into the Great Watercolor of the Great Synagogue. “I love your work,” she emailed me. “I find your photographs inspiring.” She did three more extraordinary watercolor renditions of my photographs (one more of the Great Synagogue in Subotica, and two of the Italian Synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey), each radiant, brilliant, and with exacting skill and passion for her work. Marsha also wrote a generous introduction for a photo exhibition I did at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, Maryland in spring 2010. She will be missed, but her work lives on. RIP, Marsha. (See more of Marsha’s art on her website: http://goldfinearts.com/). See Marsha’s watercolor renditions of my photos HERE.

POSTED: Saturday, November 23, 2013:

IN MEMORIAM: Devis Iosifzon was a good soul who generously gave me his time and a warm welcome on more than one occasion to the Jacob Gitlin Library in Cape Town, South Africa. As the director of the facility (on the same grounds as the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and the South African Jewish Museum), he was loved with great esteem by his peers and staff. Only yesterday I emailed to check in with him and to request an opportunity to include his portrait and a video commentary on Jewish Africa for inclusion in my Jewish Africa photo survey project. Sadly, and with great shock, I received a response from the acting director with the news of Devis’s passing in July. In response to my first email to him in January 2012, he replied, “A few months ago I came across picture of our library on your website and now it’s wonderful to make this connection. I look forward to meet with you on your next visit to Cape Town and I believe we can find ways for future collaboration. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you think I might be able to assist you in any way.” Thank you for your enthusiasm and support, Devis. RIP, sir.

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