Heddy Abramovitz

Heddy Abramowitz is an exhibiting artist and photographer living and working in Jerusalem since her aliya over 3 decades ago. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to Holocaust survivors, and raised in the southern Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., she is a recovering lawyer. Her studio is in picturesque Nachlaot. She has served on the boards of The Jerusalem Artists House and Studio of Her Own. She blogs about culture and her perspective of life in the holiest of cities at Golden Ochre: Art and Jerusalem and Times of Israel . See also www.heddyabramowitz.com

Noticing the Everyday Miracles in Jerusalem

Neighborhood playground (Ir Ganim- Kiryat Menachem facebook page)

Not a dry eye in the hall. Bet you’ve heard that phrase before, but how often do you really see a room full of guests sniveling collectively to keep composure at a seemingly routine family event?
Eleven years of waiting, hoping, praying for a child came to an apex at a recent brit milah in an obscure Jerusalem neighborhood synagogue.

Ir Ganim- Kiryat Menachem is best known for the culture clash between the old-timers and the new-comers. The older residents are comprised of Jewish families from Arab countries which had been forced out after centuries of living in thriving communities. In Israel’s infancy they were settled in quickly-constructed shikun buildings in the 50’s and 60’s and have since been joined by Russian immigrants who came in the big waves of aliya from the former Soviet Union. They have carefully guarded their secular lifestyles. The new faces on the blocks are the young, sincerely observant families lacking the means to choose more established religious neighborhoods.

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Posted by Heddy Abramovitz in Essays
The Jewish Spring, Jerusalem Style

The Jewish Spring, Jerusalem Style

Ask a Jew when the highest stress time on the Jewish calendar is, and the answer undoubtedly will be Passover . Add to the spring frenzy of house-cleaning and changing kitchenware, grocery orders, and extra preparations, and throw in the unusual wrench of a rare U.S. Presidential visit to Jerusalem in the days before the chag (holiday), and you have a recipe for city-wide High Anxiety of Olympic proportions. These preparations are replicated by the observant all over the world, but somehow the concentration seems heightened in Jerusalem.

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Posted by Heddy Abramovitz in Snippets