A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to photograph the morning service at Beth Shalom temple in Squirrel Hill. As part of my “Communities” project, I would like to document as many different Pittsburgh communities as I possibly can. That being said, I have special interest in the Jewish community. Having grown up in the Soviet Union, religion has always been a taboo topic at home or at school. Also, given the ever-present antisemitism, I did not find out that I were Jewish until I was 12. I’ve been learning more about my heritage and culture in the recent years thanks to my kids, but having an opportunity to observe and document a religious service was a welcome experience. Many thanks to Rabbi Adelson and the Congregation Beth Shalom community for welcoming me.
I’ve been a huge fan of Timbuk2 messenger bags for about 10 years now – they are virtually indestructible, waterproof, and can fit virtually anything – a bunch of cameras, books, beer, or even a baby. I sent this photo to Timuk2’s “What’s in your bag” site, and they posted it today.