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A photo essay "The Power of Imagery: Herb Ascherman photographs area rabbis" appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News early in 2008. Renowned Cleveland photographer Herbert Ascherman has graciously provided us with this series of images of many of Cleveland's rabbis. These portraits are displayed both small and full-screen for web viewing.

Herb introduced his essay as follows:
 

"One of the most enduring memories of my childhood is the mental picture I carry of the great Abba Hillel Silver, thundering from the pulpit on Saturday mornings as we sat huddled in our seats in the main sanctuary of  “Silver's” Temple. I knew I would never see the Face of God, but I also knew that if I did, it would look like Abba Hillel.
 
Years later when the Silver Library was established, I would visit it almost weekly to marvel at the magnificent picture of Rabbi Silver taken by the Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh, one of the two greatest portrait photographers of the 20th Century. [view the picture] Interestingly enough, his son Rabbi Daniel Jeremy Silver, had his official portrait done by the other great portraitist, the Jewish American photographer Arnold Newman.
 
Such is the power of imagery that leaves the viewer with an indelible memory.
 
In this series of twenty rabbis, I have tried to produce images that will be as dramatic, and enduring, as those I grew up admiring."

And now for The Power of Imagery - portraits of many Cleveland rabbis. 

Added November, 2008

 

The Power of Imagery:
Herb Ascherman photographs
area rabbis

To view an enlarged image, with the rabbi's commentary, click on his or her image on this page.

To view all the photos, one per page, click here.

To continue click on Next.

 
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Moshe Adler
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Moshe Berger
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Richard A. Block
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Eric Bram z"l
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Frederick A. Eisenberg
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Matthew J. Eisenberg
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Estelle Gottman-Mills
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Stephen Grundfast
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Michael Hecht
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Alan Lettofsky
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David A. Lipper
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Michael A. Oppenheimer
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Daniel A. Roberts
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Steve Segar
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Rona Shapiro
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Joshua Hoffer Skoff
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Susan B. Stone
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Yakov Travis
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David S. Zlatin

"The Power of Imagery:
Herb Ascherman photographs area rabbis"
appeared in four issues of the Cleveland Jewish News.

CJN's online archives display the text from all 19 rabbis and nine small images:

  - February 7,
  - February 14,
  - February 21, and
  -
February 28, 2008.

 

About Herbert Ascherman

Herbert Ascherman Jr. has been creating fine art portraiture for more than 30 years, specializing in stunning black and white and the resurgent art of platinum photography.

Internationally recognized for his photographs of people in creative, commercial, and social settings, his work has been exhibited and commercially published throughout the US and in Europe, Japan and India.

He can be reached through his website www.ascherman.com


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