Jewish memory is stored and transmitted in the paintings of Mayer Kirshenblatt, who with the help of his daughter Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett has preserved his own memories and the collective memories of a Polish Jewish community before World War II.
Father Patrick Desbois has documented the murder of 1.5 million Jews who were shot dead and buried throughout Ukraine by the Nazis. Finding the mass graves has been "a sacred mission."
Memory and remembrance are central to Judaism, says artist Mark Podwal, whose documentary HOUSE OF LIFE, a loving appreciation of the old Jewish cemetery in Prague, includes the Pinkas Synagogue's memorial to Czech Holocaust victims.
"The Talmud tells us when we go up to heaven and give an accounting of ourselves the very first question the Almighty asks us is whether we conducted our business affairs with integrity and honesty."
Photographer Yankl Conzen was not Jewish, but he embraced Jewish culture and history. His poignant photographs of Purim depict children from one of Jerusalem's Orthodox neighborhoods.
These Purim photographs capture the Jewish holiday's themes of identity and masquerade through its tradition of dressing in costume.
It is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Yiddish writer whose characters argue with God about life's tragedies and disillusionments and whose stories of faith in the midst of flux have universal appeal.
It’s not a surprise that America as an ideal offered such possibilities for Sholem Aleichem, even when it disappointed him in its details, because it was a place of reinvention, of transformation.