ARTICLE Pirkei Avot: In the Image

Covenant Award recipient and acclaimed photographer Zion Ozeri—creator of The Jewish Lens, In the Image, and The DiverCity Lens—and Sara Wolkenfeld, Chief Learning Officer at Sefaria , have just launched a new educational program centered on Pirkei Avot, a Mishnaic tractate focused on moral teachings passed down over generations.

Supported by The Covenant Foundation, this new project pairs each teaching with a photograph and though-provoking questions to encourage learners to dive deeper into the wisdom of Pirkei Avot and its relevance to our own complicated times. The program presents a new and exciting opportunity for educators and parents to engage students in learning about Jewish values.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a contest by submitting photographs that interpret Pirkei Avot’s teachings. Those who submit will be eligible to win an Instax camera, and the winners will be featured in an in-person exhibition at the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv.

The contest will be determined by a panel of judges, with consideration given to the amount of ‘likes’ a submission receives. All contest entries must include: (1) an original photograph, (2) the participant’s name, (3) the photograph’s title, location, and year, and (4) a caption or short reflection (1-2 sentences) connecting the image to the themes of Pirkei Avot. Submissions should be posted to The Jewish Lens Facebook page by January 14th, 2021.

Texts will be available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and at a later date in French and Hebrew, on Sefaria.

Any questions can be directed to [email protected].


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