Fall Out Boy
@ The Patriot Center
Photographs by Emily Cohen for Brightest Young Things
SlutWalk is a protest to create a dialogue and bring an end to attitudes that normalize victim blaming and slut shaming and to ultimately put an end to rape culture. Washington, DC
August 10th, 2013
Photographs: Emily Cohen
Ben and Ashley
Seth and Tim
Wildwood Beach Ultimate Tournament
Wildwood, New Jersey
Barry and Amber
Wildwood Beach Ultimate 2013
FUN. with Tegan and Sara
Merriweather Post Pavillion
Photographs by Emily Cohen
Women of the Wall, Rosh Hodesh for the Jewish month of Av.
Jerusalem, Israel July 8th, 2013
Shot by Emily Cohen
This month the “Women For the Wall” brought their seminary girls numbering in the thousands, effectively blocking the “Women Of the Wall” group from entering in the area designated for them in front of the Western Wall. Huddled next to the exit and bathrooms of the Western Wall Plaza by the military police ‘for their protection’, the activist group followed through with their monthly prayers, undeterred by the insults being slung at them from behind the police barricade from Ultra Orthodox Jewish men. The women, joined in prayer this month with the men who support them, sang and danced and even celebrated a Bat Mitzvah for one of their young women. Two men were arrested for throwing objects, including eggs, at the women praying.
The Jerusalem Youth Chorus of the Jerusalem International YMCA, founded in 2012 by director Micah Hendler, is an ensemble of high school students from East and West Jerusalem who are working towards attaining high levels of both collaborative musicianship and empathy for one another. Through music and dialogue, these Palestinian and Israeli students learn skills of communication and trust. Such interactions enable the singers to form friendships with, and an understanding of, those from the other side of their city, and empower them, both individually and collectively, to become forces for peace within their communities.
Women of the Wall: Rosh Chodesh services
Women of the Wall have been going to the Kotel to pray every Rosh Chodesh (First of the month) for the past 27years. Last month was the first time it was legal for them to pray how they chose to. From their mission statement, “our central mission is to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall.” In Orthodox Judaism, women are not allowed to wear tallitot (prayer shawls) or other religious paraphernalia that the men are allotted, in fact are required, to wear, nor are women allowed to read aloud from the torah, but the men and women who stand with Women of the Wall believe it should be up to the women to chose how they wish to pray.
Photos by Emily Cohen
June 9th, 2013
"Faces of Jerusalem"
Street portraits in Jerusalem, Israel
May 28th, 2013
Shot by Emily Cohen