Celebrate Israel @ 75 with The PhotoHouse

by | Mar 16, 2023 | What’s Happening

Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm

Sandler Family Campus

The world-renowned PhotoHouse is one of Israel’s most valuable and monumental private archives of historical photographs. Founded in 1936, it has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations.

Rudi Weissenstein captured millions of photos of pre-state Israel as well as of the first decades of her early statehood. His grandson, Ben Peter, currently oversees the collection, which is the largest private photo archive in Israel, comprised of approximately one million negatives.

Leading up to the community celebration of Israel @ 75 on Sunday, April 30, a rotating collection of photographs from PhotoHouse’s archive is being featured in the Sandler Family Campus’ Copeland Cardo.

A campus-wide exhibit of Rudi Weissenstein’s photos, curated by Peter, will be on display in the JCC’s Leon Family Gallery in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, April through June.

On April 26, Peter will speak following a screening of the film Life in Stills, which tells the story of Peter and his grandmother, Miriam Weissenstein, as she faces a new chapter of her life at the age of 96. When The PhotoHouse was destined for demolition, she knew she needed help. A special relationship was forged between her and Peter as they joined forces to save the shop.