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Photos tell story of Jewish life around the globe in new Haggadah

Zion Ozeri’s ‘Pictures Tell’ offers traditional Jewish text, photographs and insights from Jewish thinkers

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

  • 'The Secret, Mevasseret Zion absorption center, Israel, 1990' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
    'The Secret, Mevasseret Zion absorption center, Israel, 1990' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
  • 'Backpack, Operation Solomon, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, 1991' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
    'Backpack, Operation Solomon, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, 1991' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
  • 'Let My People Go, New York City USA, 1987' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
    'Let My People Go, New York City USA, 1987' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
  • 'Honorable Discharge, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, 1992' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
    'Honorable Discharge, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, 1992' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
  • 'Matzah Oven, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 2000' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)
    'Matzah Oven, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 2000' from Zion Ozeri's 2022 Haggadah 'Pictures Tell.' (Zion Ozeri)

Photographer Zion Ozeri’s new Passover Haggadah, “Pictures Tell,” is a journey of images documenting Jewish life worldwide.

The 76-page Haggadah, published by Gefen Publishing House, was edited by Joshua Feinberg and Sara Wolkenfeld, and includes Ozeri’s photos from his decades of travel.

The photos are set alongside the traditional Haggadah text, as well as insights from Jewish thinkers such as Daniel Gordis, Yossi Klein Halevi, Deborah Lipstadt, Jonathan Sarna, David Wolpe, and others.

Ozeri, who was born to a Yemenite family in Israel, was raised during the years of mass immigration from other countries, instilling in him a lifelong interest in cross-culture perspectives.

He has lived in New York City for many years, graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute.

Ozeri also traveled the world, documenting Jewish life around the globe with his camera lens.

Zion Ozeri’s 2022 Haggadah ‘Pictures Tell.’ (Zion Ozeri)

The Haggadah is a continuation of his professional work, which includes Ozeri’s Jewish Lens program, a curriculum designed for middle school and high school students.

The educational program uses Ozeri’s photographs as a method of stimulating young Jewish students to connect to the traditions of the global Jewish community. The students learn how to read photos and develop their own reflections on Jewish life.

 

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