My Jewish Lens is an initiative from The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot that asks Jews around the world to upload snapshots of their Jewish Lens. Users upload photos on the site and submit them along with name, title of photo, caption, subject tag, and location and date of photo. Users have the option of also sharing their photo post on Facebook, but submissions to the My Jewish Lens site are not dependent on doing so. Once submitted, photos then become part of Beit Hatfutsot’s open database, accessible to anyone both from within the museum as well as the general public who can access the site. Users can search for photos based on certain criteria, such as photos from a specific country, time and/or subject tag.

We invite people from around the world to upload photos that express their personal connection to the Jewish story. Each picture is an artistic expression of one or more of the pillars of Jewish peoplehood: historical memory, Jewish values, Jewish culture and creativity, Hebrew and other Jewish languages, a multifaceted connection to Israel, and a Jewish way of life.

The site is open to searches as well as submissions all year long. At certain points in the year, Beit Hatfutsot will open up a themed competition, asking users to upload their photos of a certain holiday or Jewish idea (ex: Hanukkah or Pesach). In the time period stated by the museum, users can upload photos based on the stated theme. The best photo of that theme, voted on by a judging panel at Beit Hatfutsot, will win a prize stated by Beit Hatfutsot.

My Jewish Lens is program within the larger Jewish Lens program at the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, founded by international renowned photographer Zion Ozeri. The Jewish Lens challenges students around the globe to explore their Jewish lives through photography. A professionally developed set of lesson plans combines Jewish peoplehood and Jewish values with photography. The Jewish Lens is run in schools, supplementary Hebrew schools, synagogues, youth movements, Hillels on college campuses and community centers, and are accessible to those of all Jewish backgrounds. After the lessons, participants worldwide submit a photo answering the question “What is my connection to the Jewish People?” Each institution can create a gallery, physical and/or digital, of their students’ photos for their members to enjoy. Educators from 20+ countries and dozens of diverse Jewish organizations are asked to submit their students’ top photos to the annual international competition run by a judging panel through Beit Hatfutsot. Winning photos are displayed at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv.

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