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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: Wednesday, September 10, 2014:
JEWISH AFRICA LEG #5 (plus Israel) PHOTOGRAPHS available for viewing: Angola, Israel, Madagascar, Reunion, South Africa.
POSTED: Tuesday, May 13, 2014:
JEWISH AFRICA PHOTO SURVEY PROJECT is entering the 5th leg (of 8). Plans are currently under way for August/September travels. I will once again be in South Africa. I will be presenting my work at the Limmud conference, a Jewish cultural event, in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. I will also be spending time in Madagascar and La Reunion. Other plans are pending.
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:
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.
POSTED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013:
Jewish Africa: A Cultural and Historical Photographic Survey LEG #4 itinerary is now confirmed. In February and March 2014, I’ll be in my base camp of South Africa once again. From Johannesburg, I’ll finally get out to the country communities of Kimberley and Bloemfontein (two previous planned excursions there fell through). I’ll then head to Ghana and Cameroon (a week each) to spend time with the Jews of the House of Israel and Congregation Beth Yeshourun (respectively). After a quick turnaround in Johannesburg, I’ll fly out again to the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) to photograph an old synagogue and a few Jewish cemeteries in the southern city of Lubumbashi and, across the country in the capital of Kinshasa, I’ll photograph Chabad of Central Africa (yep, there’s a yeshiva in the DRC). After catching my breath again in Jo’burg, it’s off to Rwanda for a week. There, I will photograph the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre (which features the “Windows of Hope” stained glass by an artist whose father survived Auschwitz) and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, established “to enable orphaned and vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills (from ASYV website).” It was founded with the support of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, a Jewish organization. The last three weeks of my journey will be spent in Johannesburg (I’ll be there for Purim) and the glorious Cape Town where I intend to fill my time and memory card photographing a number of Jewish events and individuals that shape Jewish South Africa.
POSTED: March 6, 2012:
JEWISH GEOGRAPHY, created by Jono David, is an app quiz game featuring photos from HHJPL; now available on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad; requires iOS 4.0 or later. DOWNLOAD on the iTunes app store. PREVIEW on YouTube (38 seconds).
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