The Jewish Lens
Through the universal medium of photography, the Jewish Lens engages Jewish youth in an exploration of identity, values, and peoplehood. This resources allows learners to explore their own lenses, their Jewish identity, and their personal connections to Israel. Below is a sample unit on peoplehood, a piece of the curriculum designed to actively engage students in learning about the values that are important in their Jewish communities.
FROM JEWISH LENS TO ISRAEL LENS
The Israel Lens, a curriculum designed for use at camp, in a classroom, or as a pre- and post-Israel program for Israel experience participants.
Traveling to Israel for our participants is a once in a lifetime experience and can be difficult to explain to friends and family upon returning from Israel. How can you put into words your first experience at the Kotel or the magic of the Shuk on Friday afternoon? In order to give our participants a better way to tell their Israel story we incorporated a new curriculum called the “Israel Lens,” a project from renowned photographer Zion Ozeri, founder of The Jewish Lens. This project helps teens understand the power of photography and gives them tools to tell their stories through pictures.
The following picture and story describes one of many from Shorashim 2010.