Amir Levy

Photographer
Purim Holiday Celebration in a Mosque
Location: New York City
Nationality: USA;Israel
Biography: Amir Levy  is an Israeli/American photojournalist currently based in Israel.    Amir's personal work focuses on social and environmental struggles and exploring communities narratives where people are impacted by the industrial... read on
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Purim Holiday Celebration in a Mosque
Credits: amir levy
Date of Work: 03/10/16 - 03/10/17
Updated: 03/09/17
Leon Bleckman, 83, and his sister, Roslyl Paster, were born in south Bronx and moved to Park Chester, Bronx several years later.
At that time, ParkChester had seven synagogues. 
Today, seventy years later, there are only a few elderly Jews that live in the neighborhood.  Leon and Roslyn no longer have a synagogue to pray in or celebrate holidays.  However, thanks to Sheikh Musa of Masjid Al Amin, they now have a place. In what Leon describes as a miracle, they  pray in a room inside the neighborhood mosque every Friday and Saturday.  Yesterday, they had a Purim holiday celebration with the help of "Chabad" Ultra Orthodox.
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