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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!


The Most Famous Sex Symbol


The iconic dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch currently holds the title of the most expensive dress ever sold at an auction. The dress sold for a staggering $4.6 million, not due to the fabric, designer or cut, but to the fact that it was worn by one of the most famous sex symbols of all time. Monroe converted to Judaism when she married Arthur Miller on June 29, 1956, and remained Jewish after their divorce.

The Munich Massacre


Image of hostage taker looking over the balcony of the Israeli team quarters at Building 31 of the Munich Olympic Village. This is probably the most widely recognizable and iconic photo of the event.

The Peace we all Hope Will Last


Egyptian President Anwar el-Sādāt (left), U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shaking hands at the White House after signing the Camp David Accords peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, September 17, 1978.

Old Enemies Shaking Hands - Gary Hershorn


Shot on the White House lawn, this Gary Hershorn photo shows old enemies Rabin and Arafat shaking hands in front of a smiling, wide armed, President Clinton, upon the signing of the Oslo Peace Accord on September 13, 1993.

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