Sunday, January 7, 2018


With the extreme cold in the New York area I've been wearing my Borsalino fedora that I bought a few years ago at the Primo Hat Shop on Kingston Ave in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I went back in my photo archives and found a bunch of photos that I took while in the shop (no surprise there) that hadn't been 'developed'.

The fedora is a distinct manner of dress for Chabad chasidim. After bar mitzvah it's a rite of passage for boys to shop with their fathers for a hat.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Last Havdalah (of 2017)

One of the most beautiful rituals in Judaism is the celebration of Havdalah, bidding farewell to Shabbos at the end of the day with a feeling of longing and anticipation for the next one to occur in seven days. The ritual objects are simple: a braided candle, a cup of wine, and some spices. It's usually performed in the home with family and friends gathered around to see by the light of the candle and smell the aroma of the spices.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hanukkah 2017 - Part 3

At the Chabad World Headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. A time for kids.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hanukkah 2017 - Part 2

One of the great innovations of the Chabad movement was to encourage public displays of Jewish pride and celebration. Hanukkah menorahs abound all over New York and in the suburbs. The largest menorah in the world (Guinness Book of Records) is set up every year at the intersection of Fifth ave and 59th street in Manhattan, just in front of the Plaza Hotel. On a more modest scale is my Chabad community's menorah sponsored by the Chai Center of Short Hills and the Chai Judaica store.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hanukkah 2017 - part 1

The first Hanukkah party of the year (although the holiday doesn't begin until this Tuesday evening). It's time for the kids to make a menorah at Home Depot. A big thanks to the Home Depot in Union, New Jersey for hosting the event.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

David Grisman & Tommy Emmanuel

I had the good fortune to visit with my old friend David Grisman last evening before he performed at a local venue with Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. The concert was wonderful, but the best part for me was hanging out at the jam session before the performance and taking informal shots of the guys just having fun.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Random shots

I haven't been out for a while to shoot, so I went through my recent catalog.

Much talk lately about DxO Labs buying up the license for NIK software plugins from Google. Hopefully DxO won't change too much in their next update in 2018. It works fine now, but to justify charging for the package, they'll have to make some kind of changes.

Toasted marshmallows. Yummm....

Watching the eclipse.

Bar Mitzvah boy.