The Jewish Lens is an initiative from ANU- Museum of the Jewish People 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 the ANU 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.

The Jewish Lens at ANU was founded by renowned, international 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 ANU. Winning photos are displayed at ANU- Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv.

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