1. Shmuel Amit
On the eve of Gimmel Tammuz this past year, I went up to the roof of the Jewish Children’s Museum. The frame that I captured had both Crown Heights and Manhattan in it and it symbolized to me the reach of the Rebbe beyond this neighborhood.
2. Chana Blumes
At the badeken at this wedding, there was an emotional moment. Just before the father of the kallah went to bless his daughter, he turned to the chosson and bentched him. It was a welcoming into the family, and I was excited that my job allows me to capture such emotional moments.
3. Mendy Hechtman
Snapping photos at the Kotel is always a thrill, and photographing a U.S. President is always a big deal. Imagine the President visiting the Kotel — the first of any sitting U.S. President– and that photo is also historic. To me, Donald Trump at the Kotel symbolizes a renewed connection between Israel and the U.S.
4. Shimi Kutner
Motzoei Yom Kippur 5777. We spent the fast day near the Rebbe’s Ohel in prayer and introspection. Then, at its conclusion, Havdalah was recited and everyone present reached out for the candle. It was as if we were all yearning for the same thing.
5. Chaim Perl
For the Group Photo of the 2017 Kinus Hashluchos, I had the idea to create a map of the world out of a few thousand individual portraits of Shluchos. This was a monstrous task, especially when it needed to be done in record time to allow them to take them home. We pulled it off by pre-programming each location to a specific Shlucha and then convincing each of them to actually take their headshot (The full-size photo).
6. Meir Pliskin
12-year-old Lily was celebrating her Bas Mitzvah at a festive event. What made it even more special was the participation of her 95-year-old great grandfather who is a Holocaust survivor. Am Israel Chai!
This photo was taken at Grand Army Plaza on Chanukah 5777. For me, this is Brooklyn in a single shot: Excitement, heritage, and architecture. Each is powerful on their own but all together, it’s what makes this borough so unique.