Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Operation Understanding DC Class XXII, opening retreat

Operation Understanding DC's new class, now beginning a twenty-second year, at their opening retreat.

They are a lively group of African-American and Jewish high school students, destined for much learning and activism, and a bright future for themselves and our community furthering the values of tolerance, diversity, inclusion, and fairness for all.

Thanks to Avi Edelman, OUDC's program director, for his energy, vision, and help.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Observations, growth, and joy

Photographs with and of Adele Chaya Miller.



Friday, January 15, 2016

My Shakespeare story / Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC has a terrific program in which people share their personal experiences with the Bard.

While on assignment with them recently, I recounted my early memories of hearing Hamlet's "To be or not to be " soliloquy in German, from my father.

And.. thank you to Garland Scott of the Folger for her creative energies and great spirit.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

American investigations DC / Super Beauty, and rust

The Super Beauty store is in the 3500 block of East Capitol Street NE, Washington DC.

The rusted utility box is in the 4700 block of First Street SW, Washington DC.

There's some sad stuff out there, staring one in the face.

Monday, December 28, 2015

D25- DCJCC annual volunteer effort

These photographs portray the DC Jewish Community Center's annual D25  effort. 

Over 1,000 people prepare serve, and deliver an untold number of meals and toys, donate blood, comfort and cheer the sick, elderly, homeless, and shut-in, and refurbish shelters, health clinics, cultural centers, and other programs in our community that are in need of help. This is in keeping with the Jewish mitzvah (a good deed/commandment) of tikkun olam - to heal the world.

Among the sites and organizations documented are Father McKenna's CenterDC Central Kitchen, Open Arms Housing, the Deanwood Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation the Emergence Community Arts Collective, the Carpenter's Shelterthe DCJCC, and JAM DC (Jews and Muslims Together).

Thanks again to the amazing Erica Steen and Randy Bacon of the DCJCC and Behrend Builders, to  members of my havurah Fabrangen,  folks from Temple Micah, and to Washington Jewish Week, who will be publishing a photo essay shortly.

I have photographed this community-wide volunteer effort annually since 1991, except for 2014, when I was in Istanbul (too tough a commute to make it in time). It's one of the highlights of my year, integrating my faith tradition, the value of care for our whole community individually and collectively, for interfaith efforts, for lifting up those who are in need of help, my own skills and vocation as an artist, photographer and journalist, and my bonds of friends, and to my beloved Ruth.

Especial thanks are due to my dear Ruth Stromberg, for her loving quiet energy after getting up way before dawn, keeping up with my adrenaline bursts of activity, her cheerful work in providing the photo captions on this busiest of days, and for her unwavering support for my projects... and for me. 

I love love love you Ruth.