Thursday, September 18, 2014

Morning prayers : Elul

These photographs are of morning minyan shacharit prayers at Kesher Israel congregation, in Georgetown, Washington DC. They were for an article in Washington Jewish Week.

Thank you to Rabbi Freundel and the members of the congregation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Advocates for Youth- Urban Retreat ( love and revolution )

I recently photographed Advocates for Youth's Urban Retreat, in DC. They are all about rights, respect, and responsibility.

From their mission statement "Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health."

I love their reason for being, and the vitality they bring to creating a healthier, more just society.

Eyes and minds open.

Business not as usual

I recently photographed at a new Gold's Gym in Marumsco Virginia, the tenth opened by the husband-wife team of Lori and Jeremy Lowell.

Fun and creative folks. These corporate board photos give a sense of their verve and personality. Definitely not dull and dour businesspeople.

The brightly colored images are of bubble soccer, a program thy've brought to this site.

Operation Understanding DC Class 20 Retreat

Photographs from Operation Understanding DC's 2014 fall retreat.

The learning continues.

The "hands up" pose is in solidarity with the demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, over the recent killing of Michael Brown.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Another locked door

4600 block of Huron Avenue, Suitland MD.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Light in a chapel

Tougaloo College, Mississippi.

Operation Understanding DC Class 20 - Jackson, Mississippi

Class 20 of Operation Understanding DC in Jackson, Mississippi.

On my last two days with the OUDC participants, they met with Michelle Schiffer, executive director of the Institute for Southern Jewish Life , and her staff, were personally toured through the home of assassinated Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers by one of his associates, Ms. Minnie Watson, heard about the ongoing and seminal human rights work done at Tougaloo College from Professor Daphne Chamberlain, and were led in freedom songs and story by Mr. Hollis Watkins of Southern Echo, SNCC, and COFO.

They also met with Mayor Tony Yarber and members of the City Council, attended Friday Jumu'ah prayer services at Masjid Muhammad, led by Imam Muhammad Abdur-Rahman and Maryam Rashid, and had a session with investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson Clarion Ledger newspaper. Mr Mitchell broke and helped re-open the cases that led to the trial and conviction of Medgar Ever's murderer, Byron De La Beckwith, and other KKK killers, decades after the slayings they committed.

"Ain't gonna let nobody turn me 'round, turn me 'round, turn me 'round, ain't gonna let nobody turn me 'round, turn me 'round, turn me 'round, gonna keep on walking. keep on' talking', marchin' up to Freedom Land."

Thanks to OUDC tour leaders, Avi Edelman, Maurice Wilkins, and Eleni Zimilies, our class act bus driver AJ of Stinson Charter Bus Company, to Aaron Jenkins, executive director of Operation Understanding DC, and to the twenty-four bright, enthusiastic future leaders who participated in the voyage. Peace, strength, and blessings to y'all.

A note: Medgar Ever's blood is still visible on the concrete in the carport of his home...