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The 18 Most Iconic Jewish Photos Ever Taken

Shalom Life compiles a list of the most iconic photos of Jewish life

By: David Shear

Published: July 10th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

The 18 Most Iconic Jewish Photos Ever Taken

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Shalom Life recently searched the virtual darkrooms of photographers across the globe in a quest to find, and provide to you, 18 of the most iconic, timeless, and relevant Jewish-themed photos. Whether these famous photos are the representation of events of historical significance, political importance, watershed moments or just plain, good old fun, sit back, relax and enjoy these precious 18,000 words of Jewish life!


A Reverend and Two Rabbis

The photograph of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is emblematic of the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities during the Civil Rights Movement. It was taken in 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama at the conclusion of the famous march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery.

The Master of Escape


Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz) was a Hungarian-Jew who became one of America’s greatest and best-remembered magicians, renowned for his sensational escape acts.

Wondering at the Western Wall


In this combination of two photos, Israeli army paratroopers Zion Karasanti, left, Yitzhak Yifat, centre, and Haim Oshri, right, stand next to the Western Wall, Judaism holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City after it was captured during the Six Day War on June 7, 1967, left, and 40 years later, May 16, 2007. The image on the left is etched in history - an iconic photo that captured Israel in its most triumphant moment. Three young, battle-worn faces gazing up in wonder at the Western Wall, moments after capturing Judaism's holiest site in the Six-Day War.

Anne Frank


Anne Frank, pictured in May 1942, was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Frank had kept a diary chronicling her life from 12 June 1942 until 1 August 1944, which her father, Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, found when he returned to Amsterdam after the war. The diary was first published in 1947, becoming the basis for several plays, films and school curriculums.

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