A young boy and girl from their doorstep in Bethlehem in 2007.
The streets of a refugee camp are very tight and built close together.
The homes and streets are literally built around the rocks of the hillside.
What I find the most interesting are usually the people that make up a place. Here is a woman in traditional dress in Bethlehem on the edge of Deheisheh Refugee Camp 2007.
People love to sit outside and chat in the shade during the hot days of summer.
Here the Young and Old of Bethlehem are seen.
Picture taken of the Garden Tomb at the Easter Sunrise service in 2009.
Here is a view of the Jordan River Valley, looking down on Jericho from the Mount of Temptations, looking across towards the Dead Sea and the country of Jordan.
Visited the home of Birgitta Yavari-Ilan in Yemen Moshe, Jerusalem, 2009. This woman’s paintings are exquisite and so are her stories. http://birgittayavariilan.wordpress.com/
Here is a link to a recent news article interviewing Birgitta Yavari-Ilan, the article is in Finnish, but the video interview is done completely in English. Israel Art – Birgitta Yavari-Ilan
Jerusalem has many great eateries and restaurants, but the Shuk (pronounced: shook) is where you would go for relatively cheap produce and goods.
My friends and I had the privilege of meeting Motke Blum in Jerusalem one day, as we visited his shop down in the Artist area outside of the Old City of Jerusalem. His humble spirit and great artistry were evident as we spent time with him.
Here is the link to his website: http://www.motkeblum.com/
The Nazareth Village located in Nazareth, Israel is a great place to see the historical processes that people used in the land of Israel. http://www.nazarethvillage.com/home.php
I happened to be at the Western Wall complex in Jerusalem on the 4th night of Hanukkah, 2009. The Hanukkiah was in preparation to be lit and the sun was slowly setting. As I waited in expectation for the lighting to occur I noticed that a religious Jewish woman was having her wedding portrait taken in the woman’s section of the Western Wall complex. A vision in white in the midst of a sea of black.
This was an especially poignant moment for me, as I was heading home the next day, and was in truth saying goodbye to a place that felt like home.