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Rephael Cohen: Shalva Percussionist

Now on http://TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem:

Rephael Cohen cheers his team-mates at a special 400 meter circuit prior to the Jerusalem International Half Marathon. The half marathon was dedicated this year to the children of Shalva – The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.

EDIT – 24 March, 2010: I spoke to Asaf Kleiman today, project coordinator for Shalva, who helped me meet Rephael Cohen. He told me something about Rephael I want to share;

Asaf met Rephael one morning when they were both on their way to Shalva. Rephael took a coin out of his pocket near a jelly bean dispensing machine. He asked Asaf to help catch the jelly beans so they wouldn’t fall and scatter. Asaf helped Rephael catch the jelly beans, handed them over to Rephael and they both continued together on their way. Asaf noticed Rephael was not eating the jelly beans and asked him about this. Rephael replied “I buy them for the kids at Shalva who have Down Syndrome to make them happy.”

Just sharing something that moved me…

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World Press Photo & Edut Mekomit

World Press Photo & Edut Mekomit open in Tel-Aviv http://tinyurl.com/yb94obm

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On the Eve of Yom Kippur David Sakargi seeks penance performing the ancient ritual of Kapparot on:

TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem

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Ariella Rosen: “Bring him home!”

Amidst yet another wave of rumors regarding an anticipated prisioner swap with Hamas and the possible release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, Ariella Rosen does not allow herself to develop expectations and leads a Friday demonstration, on the occasion of Gilad’s 23rd birthday, calling the PM to “bring him home!”

A touching new profile on TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem


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Interview: Assistant Managing Editor Michele McNally, NY Times

Very interesting interview with Assistant Managing Editor of The New York Times – Michele McNally

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He calls himself the Neighborhood Nut

I call him the Neighborhood Historian and a dear man!

This was a difficult one! Efraim Shlain provided a 45 minute interview – all gems! Editig to 3:00-3:30 minutes was impossible. I sacrificed a lot and left it at about 6:00.


TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem - Efraim Shlain: Neighborhood Historian

TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem - Efraim Shlain: Neighborhood Historian



I first toured Bet Hakerem with Efraim Shlain fifteen years ago – our daughters studied together in the first years of school. I recently did it again, this time with a camera. What can I tell you? True joy! I hope this multimedia presentation can convey Efraim’s passion and dedication!

Don’t miss it at http://TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem!

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Shachar Kara on TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem

Shachar Kara: Mahout – passionately caring for the elephants at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo for three years and wishing for many more.

Check it out!  TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem

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a few things i have enjoyed lately…



Condition: Critical








Intended Consequences

Intended Consequences

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sexier than the competition

i’ve been kind of busy for the last week or so. has anyone missed me?

i guess not  😦

saturday we visited uri in haifa. he hasn’t been home for a few weeks and last week he marked his 20th birthday. so that was a good enough excuse! we kidnapped him for a few hours, had lunch together and then returned him safely to his commanders.

uri is doing really great! he’s enjoying his service, the course, finding it interesting and challenging, and he doesn’t regret for a second the path he has chosen. i’m so happy for him! is this a future admiral in the making…

the other thing that has been on my mind, and also keeping me busy, is multimedia for journalism, and specifically photojournalism.

i love photojournalism! every project is a learning experience and an adventure. as a photographer i try to learn as much as i can about the project and pass this on to the viewers. not only a documentary of what i saw and learned but also the excitement i felt about it. i love doing all of this through stills photography.

but, again and again i’ve been reading that photojournalism through stills photography is dying. maybe already dead. newspapers are declining in their circulation. photographers are being fired. those that remain are being issued high definition video cameras to master and to capture video, sound, and a still frame once in a while – multimedia. that’s the new key word – ‘multimedia’.

so i’ve begun teaching myself flash – creating a flash presentation in multimedia. it’s a lot of work and i’m still not sure if i like the results or not but it’s the new standard for photo presentations. flash has been rising in popularity over the years. it’s a platform independent solution for displaying presentations with the low bandwidth so necessary these days. with so many photographers and so many internet sites displaying their work, your presentation needs to be ‘sexier’ than the competition – multimedia (recommended viewing: mediastorm).

it will probably still take me some time to finish my first presentation but i promise to share it here.


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cry of the celts

dolmen, neolithic burial tomb, october 2007, donegal, ireland

Wikipedia –

The History of Ireland began with the first known human settlement in Ireland around 8000 BC, when hunter-gatherers arrived from Britain and continental Europe, probably via a land bridge. Few archaeological traces remain of this group, but their descendants and later Neolithic arrivals, particularly from the Iberian Peninsula, were responsible for major Neolithic sites such as Newgrange. Following the arrival of Saint Patrick and other Christian missionaries in the early to mid-5th century, Christianity subsumed the indigenous pagan religion by the year 600.


celtic cross, october 2007, sligo, ireland

From around 800, more than a century of Viking invasions wrought havoc upon the monastic culture and on the island’s various regional dynasties, yet both of these institutions proved strong enough to survive and assimilate the invaders. The coming of Anglo-Norman mercenaries under Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, nicknamed Strongbow, in 1169 marked the beginning of more than 800 years of direct English involvement in Ireland.


celtic cross, october 2007, louth, ireland

the whole of ireland was occupied and ruled by great britain for over 800 years. the descendants of ancient celtic tribes were robbed of their land, self government, pride and basic human freedoms. hundreds of years of british plantation and manipulation reduced the majority of the irish population to a life of peasantry in the 19th century, subordinate to greedy landlords – 8 million people totally relying on … a potato.

irish farmer, october 2007, sligo, ireland

in 1845 a fungus attacked the only source of food available to a poor rural population, most of them living in mud cabins. the worst european disaster of the 19th century, known as the irish famine, lasted 7 years and brought mass starvation. during these years the british rule showed total incompetence, dublin nobility continued partying and greedy landlords exported enough grain to have kept millions of irish alive. within 7 years the irish population fell by 3.5 million. exactly how many died and how many emigrated? nobody knows.

famine village, october 2007, donegal, ireland

the easter rising of 1916, lasting a week, devastating dublin and ending in the rebels’ surrender and execution of leaders expedited the 1918 war of independence and brought to the partition of ireland in 1921. northern ireland remained a part of the u.k., a state which discriminated the catholic irish as a matter of policy.

commemoration murial, october 2007, belfast

the troubles began in the late 1960’s. 30 years of bloody violence between republican and loyalist paramilitary groups, including the ira, the royal ulster constabulary (the police force of northern ireland at the time) and the british army. between 1969 and 2001, 3,523 people were killed as a result of the troubles, 1,855 of them civilians, 47,000 injured, 16,000 bombings, 20,000 imprisoned. quite an intifada!

a gate in the barrier, october 2007, belfast

almost unbelievably, on friday april 10th 1998, good friday, both british and irish governments signed the belfast agreement for the creation of a power-sharing executive body committed to the use of “exclusively peaceful and democratic means”. the agreement was endorsed by almost all northern ireland political parties. which, with great emotion, reminds me of a song from childhood – 

Last night I had the strangest dream,
I never dreamed before.
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.
I dreamed I saw a mighty room,
The room was filled with men.
And the papers they were signing said
They’d never fight again.

And when the papers were all signed,
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads,
And grateful prayers were made.
And the people in the streets below,
They all danced round and round.
And guns and swords and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground.

international wall, october 2007, belfast

why the great emotion? because as an israeli living in a land of violent conflict, who has served in the army and been in wars, who is raising three children in this crazy part of the world, the eldest of which is now doing military service … there is hope! in this sense belfast was amazing! past enemies of decades living side by side in a modern city, sharing governing powers and responsibility for building the future, making a sincere effort together. not everything is perfect. the peace is tense. a barrier still divides parts of the city and the gates are locked every evening at 6 to prevent unnecessary friction. i felt the tension in the air, i could almost touch it. but everyone i talked to can voice only one thing – hope for lasting peace. yes, for me that causes a surge of emotion from deep inside.

hope for lasting peace, october 2007, sligo, ireland

as always, super quality prints and licensing options available.

nir, with thanks to david o’connor!


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