Portfolio No. 11
The series Loubavitch 770 explores this Orthodox Jewish, Hasidic movement (also known as Chabad) around its New York nerve centre, the 770, the synagogue of the great Rabbi Mena’hem Mendel Schneerson, the movement’s spiritual guide. The goal was to challenge preconceived notions surrounding the “men in black”, often seen as extremists while in fact differing “from other orthodox movements by its openness to the outside world and its desire to respect God’s commandments in a spirit of joy, enthusiasm, generosity and selflessness.”
Along with Ben Bensimon, Sacha shows “another vision of Judaism in a time when anti-Semitic talk has become almost commonplace. Through these pictures, we wanted to take a positive, poetic, spiritual and sometimes funny look at the Jewish religion. By taking pictures of these men and women we were able to observe their ability to laugh at themselves and their capacity to share joy.”
Portfolio delivered in its complete box set: Wombat N°11.