Boys on Steps    Hasidic Williamsburg   The Satmar Hasid community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the most dominant and extreme of the various Hasid sects. I’m drawn to this group of people partly because of my own heritage. As a child I had relatives that lived in Williamsburg and on the infrequent occasions when I visited the community with my parents I was fascinated by their unfamiliar way of life.  The dialectical nature of life intrigues me. The people who live in Williamsburg are frequently described as unfriendly and harsh. I have wanted to understand the seeming incongruence of how these very serious and private people can in an instant burst into spirited and sometimes rapturous celebration.  The dichotomies of the Hasid Williamsburg community are reflected in how it’s people live. The community minimizes contact with the external world while simultaneously cherishing and celebrating family ties and worship. The insular and restrictive lifestyle is maintained as a way of preventing the dilution of religion and traditions through contact from outside influence. The old and strict traditions may seem oppressive and exclusive from the outside, but for most Hasids their religion and the codes they live by are a work of love and a source of great joy.
       
     
  Peyes (Traditional Hasidic Sideburns)
       
     
  Man At Carnival Rides During Passover
       
     
  Hasidim
       
     
  Tank Ride At Carnival During Passover
       
     
  Girls
       
     
  Father With His Children
       
     
  Being Watched
       
     
  Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)
       
     
  Boys During Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)
       
     
  Yeshiva Boys
       
     
  Hasidic Neighborhood In Brooklyn, Williamsburg, NY
       
     
  Men Watching Fire Rescue
       
     
  Boys Reacting To Photographer
       
     
  Boy And His Mother
       
     
  Girls Taking A Break During Shabbat Service (Saturday Morning)
       
     
  Woman Waving Chicken Above Her Head Pre Kapparot, Jewish Ritual Sacrifice Of Chickens During Yom Kippur
       
     
  Boys With Bicycle
       
     
  Boys Returning Home After Saturday Morning Shabbat Service
       
     
  Deli
       
     
  Book keeping
       
     
  Girls Playing On A Fire Escape
       
     
  Boys on Steps    Hasidic Williamsburg   The Satmar Hasid community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the most dominant and extreme of the various Hasid sects. I’m drawn to this group of people partly because of my own heritage. As a child I had relatives that lived in Williamsburg and on the infrequent occasions when I visited the community with my parents I was fascinated by their unfamiliar way of life.  The dialectical nature of life intrigues me. The people who live in Williamsburg are frequently described as unfriendly and harsh. I have wanted to understand the seeming incongruence of how these very serious and private people can in an instant burst into spirited and sometimes rapturous celebration.  The dichotomies of the Hasid Williamsburg community are reflected in how it’s people live. The community minimizes contact with the external world while simultaneously cherishing and celebrating family ties and worship. The insular and restrictive lifestyle is maintained as a way of preventing the dilution of religion and traditions through contact from outside influence. The old and strict traditions may seem oppressive and exclusive from the outside, but for most Hasids their religion and the codes they live by are a work of love and a source of great joy.
       
     

Boys on Steps

Hasidic Williamsburg

The Satmar Hasid community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the most dominant and extreme of the various Hasid sects. I’m drawn to this group of people partly because of my own heritage. As a child I had relatives that lived in Williamsburg and on the infrequent occasions when I visited the community with my parents I was fascinated by their unfamiliar way of life.

The dialectical nature of life intrigues me. The people who live in Williamsburg are frequently described as unfriendly and harsh. I have wanted to understand the seeming incongruence of how these very serious and private people can in an instant burst into spirited and sometimes rapturous celebration.

The dichotomies of the Hasid Williamsburg community are reflected in how it’s people live. The community minimizes contact with the external world while simultaneously cherishing and celebrating family ties and worship. The insular and restrictive lifestyle is maintained as a way of preventing the dilution of religion and traditions through contact from outside influence. The old and strict traditions may seem oppressive and exclusive from the outside, but for most Hasids their religion and the codes they live by are a work of love and a source of great joy.

  Peyes (Traditional Hasidic Sideburns)
       
     

Peyes (Traditional Hasidic Sideburns)

  Man At Carnival Rides During Passover
       
     

Man At Carnival Rides During Passover

  Hasidim
       
     

Hasidim

  Tank Ride At Carnival During Passover
       
     

Tank Ride At Carnival During Passover

  Girls
       
     

Girls

  Father With His Children
       
     

Father With His Children

  Being Watched
       
     

Being Watched

  Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)
       
     

Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)

  Boys During Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)
       
     

Boys During Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)

  Yeshiva Boys
       
     

Yeshiva Boys

  Hasidic Neighborhood In Brooklyn, Williamsburg, NY
       
     

Hasidic Neighborhood In Brooklyn, Williamsburg, NY

  Men Watching Fire Rescue
       
     

Men Watching Fire Rescue

  Boys Reacting To Photographer
       
     

Boys Reacting To Photographer

  Boy And His Mother
       
     

Boy And His Mother

  Girls Taking A Break During Shabbat Service (Saturday Morning)
       
     

Girls Taking A Break During Shabbat Service (Saturday Morning)

  Woman Waving Chicken Above Her Head Pre Kapparot, Jewish Ritual Sacrifice Of Chickens During Yom Kippur
       
     

Woman Waving Chicken Above Her Head Pre Kapparot, Jewish Ritual Sacrifice Of Chickens During Yom Kippur

  Boys With Bicycle
       
     

Boys With Bicycle

  Boys Returning Home After Saturday Morning Shabbat Service
       
     

Boys Returning Home After Saturday Morning Shabbat Service

  Deli
       
     

Deli

  Book keeping
       
     

Book keeping

  Girls Playing On A Fire Escape
       
     

Girls Playing On A Fire Escape