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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: Friday, September 13, 2013:
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Both REGIONAL and ALPHABETICAL INDEXES have recently been re-organized. Please, I need visitors’ help to make sure all URL links are accurate.
POSTED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013:
JEWISH AFRICA LEG #3 PHOTOGRAPHS now ready for viewing. Please visit my NEWEST PHOTO GALLERIES page for full details and viewing options. South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Kenya, and Uganda. Read about my experiences on my Jewish Africa blog.
POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013:
POSTED: Sunday, June 9, 2013:
LIMMUD CONFERENCE, Johannesburg, South Africa: On Friday, August 9, I will be giving a presentation about my Jewish photo work and my current Jewish Africa photo survey project. Visit the LIMMUD WEBSITE for details. What is Limmud? From their website: Limmud is the Hebrew word for learning. Limmud SA is a community of learning where South African Jews can learn and share ideas, regardless of their affiliations or levels of Jewish knowledge. It is exciting, dynamic and diverse. Limmud makes accessible some of the world’s most dynamic Jewish educators, performers and teachers at annual conferences around the country.
POSTED: Saturday, December 8, 2012:
“Chai five” photographic documentarian Jono David by supporting his project, JEWISH AFRICA: A CULTURAL and HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY. This colorful 16-month Jewish-themed calendar (September 2013 - December 2014 / Tishrei 5774 ~ Tevet 5775) celebrates JEWISH SOUTH AFRICA. For US$90 (i.e. 18 x 5), take a visual journey into Jewish Africa and be a contributor to and partner of this important documentation mission. The calendar is a great gift for yourself, your family, or friends, and your contribution supports a worthy endeavor. The calendar’s 16 main photographs can even be framed and displayed in your home or office. In all, the calendar features 66 images. Displays all major Jewish holidays, 33 pages, 11 inches x 8.5 inches (28cm x 21.5cm), coil binding, white interior paper (100# weight), full-color interior ink. Usually printed in 3-5 days and shipped within 1 week of ordering. TO PREVIEW and ORDER, visit STORE.
POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012:
MY PHOTOS IN WATERCOLORS: Judaic artist Marsha Goldfine has done two marvelous watercolor renditions of my photos of the Italian Synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey (photos from 2004, paintings 2012). A few years back, Marsha also did renditions of the Great Synagogue in Subotica, Serbia (photos from 2004; paintings, 2009). Visit Marsha’s online store here.
POSTED: July 1, 2012:
JEWISH AFRICA: A CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY: Two years in the making, I will finally kick off my next photo project, departing July 31 for Johannesburg, South Africa where I’ll spend three weeks, then a week-long jaunt in Zimbabwe, followed by two more weeks in Cape Town, South Africa. Please join me…virtually…by following along on my blog: Jewish Africa: A Cultural and Historical Photographic Survey. Check it out HERE. Be sure to sign up for updates via email.
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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