The exhibit is a unique initiative of Member of Knesset Yehudah Glick, to mark the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
This exhibit is comprised of 50 photographs, taken by the Jerusalem-based photographic artist Sharon Gabai, which portray a pluralistic, multi-colored and multi-cultural Jerusalem. All of the pictures are printed on glass, symbolizing the frailty of the city, in the midst of the violent Middle East region.
The exhibit made its debut showing in the Knesset in Jerusalem and will be shown over the next couple of months in 50 cities around the globe, under the sponsorship of the Im Tirzu organization. Its journey around the world will conclude with a showing at the U.N. building in New York.
The photographer Sharon Gabai - who is the grandson of the Etzel underground fighter Ya'akov Mizrahi Z"L and the great-grandson of Rabbi Eliezer Gabai Z"L, who served as the Chief Rabbi of the Jerusalem's Old City – has focused his work on telling Jerusalem's story. He has published a number of photo albums, presented many exhibits in Israel and around the world, and has won many prizes for his works.
Recently some have raised doubts about the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and even leveled accusations that Israel discriminates against various parts of its society.
But, as we all know, a picture is better than 1,000 words.
Each and every one of the pictures shows that in the 50th year of its reunification, Jerusalem is a beautiful and vibrant city. A city that is home to close to a million people, with varied faces, diverse colors, and an array of perspectives.
The very essence of Jerusalem, as is expressed by the Hebrew meaning of its name, is the city of peace, just as the prophet Isaiah said: "…and all the nations shall flow to it… for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples".
Photos from the exhibit: