Congregation Anshei Israel’s 10th annual observance of Yom Yerushalayim — celebrating the 45th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem — will feature an exhibition of 10 works by Micha Bar-Am, a renowned Israeli photojournalist. Bar-Am, who is best known for his coverage of the Six-Day War in 1967, has called Israel his “lifetime assignment.”
Bar-Am was born in Berlin in 1930 and moved to the then-British Mandate of Palestine in 1936. In Israel’s War of Independence he served in a Palmach unit. In 1949 he co-founded Kibbutz Malkia in the Galilee, and later he became a member of Kibbutz Gesher Haziv. After publishing his book “Across Sinai” in 1957, he worked for the Israeli Army magazine, Ba-Mahaneh, from 1957 to 1967. In 1961 he was assigned to cover the Eichmann trial. He became the New York Times photographic correspondent from Israel in 1968, a position he held until 1992. From 1977-92, he was head of the department of photography at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He currently does his own photography.
The celebration will be held Sunday, May 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Rabbi Robert Eisen will talk about how Congregation Anshei Israel came into possession of the photos, and local artist Tidhar (Tidi) Ozeri will discuss their form and function. For more information about Bar-Am, visit micha baram.com. There is no charge to attend but donations will be accepted.