Framing the Story
The “Framing the Story” series interlaces past and present, an old and ongoing story, while commemorating and reviving particular moments in time.
The photographs are products of the G2G: Generation to Generation program, a nationwide initiative run collaboratively by the Ministry for Social Equality, the Ministry of Education and Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People. The program brings together students and senior citizens, who together document life stories using digital tools.
The photographs display images from the senior citizens’ past that were jointly reenacted with the younger generation. Prior to the reenactment, the students and senior citizens researched the story behind the photograph. They examined the artifacts, the venue, and the items of clothing that appear in the original photograph, and then decided together how to best reenact it. The complete stories are documented in the Beit Hatfutsot story collection.
How does the past shed light on the current reality? Does it revitalize us? Dictate something to us? What has changed over the years? And what do we take with us as we go forward?
The research and reenactment process was carried out by teachers and program participants in different school districts and sectors, facilitated by the G2G team.
Exhibit Origin: Naomi Sharoni and Sarit Jacob
Production and texts: Yael Rosen
G2G director: Ofra Israeli
Design: Neta Harel
Graphic design: Katy Moscovici
Translation: Marilyn Fefer
Original Photograph: Paratroopers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, June 1967. Right to left: Haim Oshri, Yitzhak YiIfat and Zion Karasenti. Photograph: David Rubinger | Reenacted Photograph: Beit Hatfutsot, 2016. Right to Left: Oz Yifat, Shira Yifat, Yitzhak Yifat and Matan Yifat. Photograph: Maya Dubinsky
The photograph of the paratroopers at the Western Wall is one of the most famous in the history of the State of Israel. On June 7, 1967, the photographer David Rubinger immortalized the expressions on the faces of the paratroopers looking up at the Western Wall. That’s how Yitzhak Yifat, who later became a prominent physician, emerged as a symbol of the Six Day War and the battle for Jerusalem. According to Dr. Yifat, the photograph has been reenacted many times since then, but this is the first time the reenactment is with his grandchildren.
Dr. Yitzhak Yifat and his grandson Matan took part in the G2G program at Nitzanim Elementary School in Tel Aviv.
Teacher: Ricki Bager; Principal: Einat Reuter. G2G staff: Gila Nehorai and Maya Dubinsky
Original Photograph: The family’s home, Mumbai, India, 1961. Right to left: Segula Samuel (Shayla Zvia Talker’s mother), Sima Rahamim Talker and Hanna Shalom Ashtamker (sisters-in-law). Standing: Ruby Kurulkar. Photographer: unknown | Reenacted Photograph: The family’s home, Gan Yavne, 2016. Right to left: Revital Haddad, Shlomit Abecassis, Shayla Zvia Talker. Standing: Sivan Abecassis. Photograph: Yoram Abecassis
Original Photograph: Galeries Lafayette, downtown Casablanca, Morocco, 1952. Left to right: Haim Outmezgin (Rachel Lev Ran’s father) and a friend. Photographer: unknown | Reenacted Photograph I: Kiryat Bialik, 2016. Right to left: Amit Elharar and Liam Cohen. Photograph: Asaf Haber | Reenacted Photograph II: Kiryat Bialik, 2016. Right to left: Amit Elharar and Liam Cohen. Photograph: Asaf Haber.
One day in 1952, Haim Outmezgin and a coworker went out to take photographs in downtown Casablanca – at Galeries Lafayette. His family owned two photography studios. Haim, an accomplished photographer in his twenties, was appointed the King of Morocco’s official photographer. His professional skills and his personal ties with the royal family enabled him to locate Jewish families in Morocco and help them immigrate to Israel.
Rachel Lev Ran’s story was documented by Harduf Shmueli as part of the G2G program at Bialik Elementary School in Kiryat Bialik. The photograph was reenacted by members of her class.
Teacher: Naomi Sharoni; Principal: Einat Berko; G2G staff: Sarit Jacob
Original Photograph: Community Center, Be’er Tuvia, 1951. In the photograph: Hannik Golan Nitzani, in the role Ruth the Moabite. Photograph: Aharonson Brothers Photography Studio | Reenacted Photograph: Rehovot, 2016. Right to left: Hannik Golan Nitzani and Asaf Barmeli. Photograph: Liron Aloni Photography Studio
Hannik Golan Nitzani portrayed Ruth the Moabite in a play put on by her graduating 8th grade class at the school attended by children from Be’er Tuvia and Kfar Warburg. “As a 14-year-old girl, I was introduced to the beautiful love story of Ruth and Boaz in Bethlehem. Our teacher, Shoshana Lapidot, who wrote, directed and produced the play, made sure to bring a photographer from Tel Aviv.”
Hannik Golan Nitzani took part in the G2G program together with her grandson, Asaf Barmeli, at Bechor Levi Elementary School in Rehovot. Teacher: Shlomit Dahan-Berman; Principal: Yafit Narbet-Gutman; G2G staff: Orna Darom
Original Photograph: Southern Israel, 1953
Moshe Algazi. Photographer: Unknown | Reenacted Photograph: Alon, 2016. Alon Mordechai. Photograph: Navit Shamani.
Moshe Algazi, while serving as a wireless operator in the General Staff unit in Sde Boker, received an urgent coded telegram that he had to deliver to David Ben Gurion. “I knocked gently on the door of Prime Minister David Ben Gurion’s house. He came out dressed in pajamas and I apologized for disturbing him.”
The photograph was reenacted by Moshe Algazi’s grandson, Alon Mordechai, who took part in the G2G program together with his grandfather at Ma’ayanot Boger Elementary School in Kfar Adumim. Teacher: Navit Shamani; Principal: Tali Grulman; G2G staff: Hana Gantz
Original Photograph: Nachlaot, Jerusalem, 1952. Miriam Cohen and her father Shlomo Barska. Photograph: Krein Photography Studio | Reenacted Photograph: Jerusalem, 2016. Miriam Cohen and her husband Mordechai Cohen. Photograph: Nurit Eliav
Shlomo Barska was a liturgist and cantor at the Ades synagogue in Nachlaot, whose congregants were originally from Halab (Aleppo) in Syria. Together with his friend, the future Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, he would chant “The Song of Supplications” every Sabbath. He was known for his warm hospitality and would invite members of the community to his home every Sabbath afternoon for Seuda Shlishlit, the third meal.
Miriam Cohen’s story was documented by Rafael Yagudaev as part of the G2G program at Shuvu Elementary School in Jerusalem. Teacher: Rabbi Yeshayahu Yakobson; Principal: Rabbi Shalom Shriki; G2G staff: Sara Bezalel
Original Photograph: A gathering of Maariv LaNo’ar reporters, 1960. Standing: Rafik Halabi. Seated: Maariv LaNo’ar reporters. Photographer: Unknown | Reenacted Photograph: Daliat el-Carmel, 2016. Standing: Amir Birani. Seated, right to left: Dan Gadban, Kian Halabi, Amir Halabi and Daniel Halabi. Photograph: Osnat Halabi
While still a high school student, Rafik Halabi was the first Druze reporter to work for a Hebrew newspaper. He was photographed here at the first gathering held for Maariv LaNo’ar reporters. Rafik recounts: “That was actually my first step in Hebrew journalism, and from there I went on to work in the printed Arabic press and electronic media.”
The photograph was reenacted by graduates of Dalia “A” Hasson Youssef Hasson Elementary School as part of the G2G program. Teacher and G2G staff: Ahlas Gadban; Principal: Rushdie Hasson
Original Photograph: Samarqand, 1915. Rabbi Zevulun Leviev and his pupils (names unknown). Photographer: Unknown | Reenacted Photograph: Beit Haram Yeshiva, Kiryat Malachi, 2016. Right to left: Isrulik Cohen, Shneor Cohen, Pini Segal, Avrahami Segal, Shneor Cohen, Mandy Cohen and Mandy Cohen. Photograph: Michael Gansman
Rabbi Zevulun Leviev established clandestine “heders” (small Jewish schools) where he secretly taught the Bible to local children. What once had to be hidden can now be done out in the open – and “we can study the Bible and freely observe the commandments, here in the Land of Israel.”
Rabbi Zevulun Leviev’s story was documented by his son, Rabbi Avner Leviev, and his great-granddaughter, Ruti Leviev, as part of the G2G program at Beit Rivka Elementary School in Kfar Chabad. Teachers: Feigi Salwin and Rucha Bregman; Principal: Bruria Holzman; G2G staff: Nechama Cohen
Original Photograph: Aswan, Egypt, Purim 1942 or 1943. Haim Raz. Photographer: Unknown | Reenacted Photograph: Yokneam, 2016. Nadav Keter. Photograph: Keter family.
On Purim in 1942 or 1943, Haim Raz dressed up as a member of a Berber tribe that lived in the Sahara desert near Aswan in Egypt. “For six years, we were the only Jewish family in Aswan. The members of the tribe were very friendly to Aswan residents.”
Haim’s grandson, Nadav Keter, documented the story and reenacted the photograph as part of the G2G program at Tidhar Elementary School in Yokneam. Teacher: Tal Malka; Principal: Shlomit Sarah Wiesel; G2G staff: Tzipi Margalit and Gila Berkley
Original Photograph: In the yard of the old house, 1966. The groom Ali Habashi and his first wife. Photograph: Family member | Reenacted Photograph: In the yard of the current house, Iksal, 2016. Ali Habashi and his granddaughter Shaden Habashi. Photograph: Sami Shahbari. Background painting: Shaden Habashi
Ali Habashi’s marriage with his first wife was arranged by their parents. “The parents would decide, and the children would comply.” They lived together for 35 years in “love, tranquility and understanding.” All of Ali’s children later came back to live in Iksal, together with his 17 grandchildren. “And that was a source of support and gave me hope and a love for life.”
The photograph was reenacted by Ali Habashil and his granddaughter Shaden Habashi as part of the G2G program at Elementary School “B” in Iksal. Teacher: Magda Masalha; Principal: Sabih Odeh; G2G staff: Farah Dibbini
Jerusalem Educational Administration
Original Photograph: Lifta, Jerusalem, 1952. Avraham Peso. Photograph: David Ze’evi, the owner of HaDyukan Photography Studio | Reenacted Photograph: Educational Farm, Hayovel Elementary School, Jerusalem, 2016. Avraham Peso and Ori Edrei. Photograph: Nurit Eliav
Avraham Peso came to Lifta at the age of 15. The conditions there were difficult as they had no running water, electricity, shower or bathroom. Despite all the hardships, Avraham cultivated a garden and raised chickens. “I decided to choose a life of action and fulfillment.”
Avraham Peso took part in the G2G program together with his grandson, Ori Edrei, at Hayovel Elementary School in Jerusalem. Teacher: Carmel Mor Yosef; Principal: Sari Elbaz; G2G staff: Nurit Eliav