Religion

Notre Dame Jerusalem Center for KNA Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur

Selected photos from a story about the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, commissioned for KNA, Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, the largest Catholic news agency in Europe.

The Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, a Christian center for pilgrims near the Old City of Jerusalem, which was established in 1888, marks its 130th anniversary.

Latrun Monastery Winery for KNA Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur

Selected photos from a story about the Latrun Trappist Monastery Winery, commissioned for KNA, Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, the largest Catholic news agency in Europe.

In 1890 a group of monks arrived in Israel from France, founded the Trappist monastery in Latrun and started producing wine as a source of income. The monastery has around 100 acres of vineyards with over 20 vine varieties. The winery itself is a maze of chambers, halls, cloisters and tunnels that are closed to the public. The Trappists are Cistercian monks, belonging to the great monastic family of St. Benedict, the monks keep a vow of silence, except for those who sell wine and olive oil to visitors.

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Recent Publication - ADAC Reisemagazin

A story I photographed for ADAC Reisemagazin focusing on the three monotheistic religions of Jerusalem: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity - each represented by an artist or a merchant. Words (in German only) by Christian Heinrich.

Photo Editors: Jasmin Rozencwajg, Silke Bodenberger, Florian Stern

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Recent Publication - The Wall Street Journal

Earlier this month, I was commissioned by photo editor Allison Gumbel of The Wall Street Journal to photograph a story about Israel's Jesus Trail by Tara Isabella Burton, for the Off Duty Travel section of the newspaper. Established in 2007 by David Landis, an American Christian hiking enthusiast, and Maoz Inon, an Israeli Jew who owns the Fauzi Azar Inn, the 40-mile Jesus Trail from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee was designed as a counterpoint to the usual pilgrim itineraries that revolve around Jerusalem.

The story was published just before Christmas and you can read it online here.

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Western Wall Cleanup

A worker removes notes containing prayers, messages, and photos which were left by visitors, from the cracks between the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, on September 17, 2017, ahead of the upcoming Jewish New Year Holiday.

Shot for KNA Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur

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Portrait: The High Priest of the ancient Samaritan community, Ovadia Cohen

The high priest of the ancient Samaritan community, Ovadia Cohen, poses for a portrait on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank Palestinian city of Nablus, on March 22, 2017.

According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of the northern Israelite tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, who survived the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) by the Assyrians in 722 BCE. Samaritans follow four principles of faith: One God – the God of Israel; One Prophet – Moses son of Amram; One Holy Book – The Torah, the first five books of the Bible and one Holy Place – Mount Gerizim. Today, the small community numbers about 700 people, approximately half of them live in a village at Mount Gerizim, near the Palestinian city of Nablus, and the rest in the Israeli city of Holon, south of Tel Aviv.

Good Friday Procession in Jerusalem

Selected photos of the Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem, on March 25, 2016, from my latest assignment for Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA), the largest Catholic news agency in Europe.

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Crowd/Rabbi

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend a protest against recruitment to the Israeli army, expressing their opposition to new amendments in the contentious Equal Service law, at the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, on December 22, 2015. In November, Israeli lawmakers approved an amendment to the Equal Service law, which dramatically rolled back the 2014 reforms on ultra-Orthodox recruitment into the Israel Defense Forces and scrapped the communal penalties imposed if annual quotas for ultra-orthodox soldiers were not met.