At the beginning of the year I was given a class project on Religion in America; it was my last semester in college and the last photography class I would take. I contacted a local Jewish Congregation and ending up spending a night with them photographing a Shabbat Service. It was a great experience and I learned quite a lot about my Jewish heritage and a religion that I knew very little about. The congregation members were both kind and welcoming, making me feel right at home. I especially liked how all faiths and interfaith families are encouraged to attend! I turned in my assignment, dropped off a CD of photographs to Shir Ha-Ma’alot as a thank you, and thought that would be the end of it. That was until I got a phone call a few weeks ago.
I was surprised and thrilled to hear from Shir Ha-Ma’alot because they wanted me to come back and take updated photographs of the Rabbi’s, staff and the building! Of course I jumped on the opportunity and yet again I was blown away by the kindness and welcoming spirit of this congregation! I don’t typically do these kinds of photographs, but it was a great chance to stretch my photographic skills and try something new! Thought I’d share a few of my favorite shots from the day.
Rabbi Craig Lewis, Assistant Rabbi.
Cantor Arie Shikler who is a composer and arranger of music for the congregation.
It was such a beautiful day outside, I couldn’t help but take a few photographs outside!
Rabbi Richard Steinberg, Senior Rabbi.
Shir Ha-Ma’alot has the most amazing panels of stained glass which is fairly unique for a Jewish Congregation.
These stained glass windows are such works of art, so intricate and beautiful! I could photograph all it’s different panels and still not get every details!
Thank you Shir Ha-Ma’alot for opening your congregation to me for a school assignment and then again as your photographer. I throughly enjoyed my time with you!