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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!


Two Great Minds


This photo, taken in 1951, shows Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (right) sitting next to Albert Einstein (left). In 1952, Ben-Gurion offered the position of President of Israel to Einstein. The offer was presented by Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Abba Eban, who explained that the offer “embodies the deepest respect which the Jewish people can repose in any of its sons”. However, Einstein declined, and wrote in his response that he was “deeply moved”, and “at once saddened and ashamed” that he could not accept it.

Israel's Son Comes Home


Israeli solider Gilad Shalit salutes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he lands in Tel Nof air base in Israel after being held in captivity in Gaza for five years by Hamas. Photo was taken on October 18, 2011.

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