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Israeli photographer comes to Morris County synagogues
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Israeli photographer comes to Morris County synagogues

Staff Writer, New Jersey Jewish News

The work of Israeli photojournalist Yaron Brener covers a vast swath of life in Israel, from military conflict to scientific matters. Photos by Yaron Brener
The work of Israeli photojournalist Yaron Brener covers a vast swath of life in Israel, from military conflict to scientific matters. Photos by Yaron Brener

What do you do first when you live in Israel and you get the beeper signaling a terror attack — jump on your motorcycle or call your mother?

If you are Yaron Brener, photojournalist and staff photographer for Ynet, a leading Israeli news website, you probably jump on your motorcycle.

Brener will discuss different facets of covering wars close to home in a lecture sponsored jointly by White Meadow Temple in Rockaway and Adath Shalom in Morris Plains. The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Adath Shalom.

“Israel is such a small country, and as a photojournalist Yaron Brener covers a lot of things that go on,” said Bill Friedman, cochair of the continuing education committee at Adath Shalom, which is organizing the event. “Unfortunately, there have been many horrific things happening there. He is there to convey what is happening to the world.” Brener’s work, he added, “presents a unique human experience.”

“We want him to talk to us about the atmosphere, the emotions, and the thoughts that being at these events bring up in him.”

Brener has been a photojournalist for eight years and has been with Ynet for five.

The lecture will offer a behind-the-scenes look at life and work in a conflict zone. Brener will focus on such questions as: How does a photojournalist function in difficult circumstances? What does a terror attack site look like? What is the lifestyle of a photojournalist? How does one get into this type of work?

A slide show of Brener’s photos will accompany his talk.

The event is the first of two organized by the two congregations in a partnership designed to be easy on budgeting.

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