The Spirituality Photo Project produced by Drake Newkirk, with Rabbi Mark Melamut as the subject
Rabbi Mark Melamut unwinds Tefillin from his arm which is worn during prayer to symbolize the binding of the words of the Torah to his hands, eyes, and heart, after finishing his morning prayer at Ocean Beach on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
Rabbi Mark Melamut helps make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches organized by the Collaborative Tikkun Olam to help feed the less fortunate after Lunch and Learn Torah study at Congregation B’nai Emunah on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newirk)
Rabbi Mark Melamut and his son Geffen play soccer on the blacktop before the schoolday begins at Brandeis Hillel Day School on May 20, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
After the Torah Parade led by spiritual educator Mimi Greisman (left), Geffen Melamut (center) holds up his stuffed Torah to a real one at Congregation B’Nai Emunah on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk).
Rabbi Mark Melamut pauses to look up and down Ocean Beach before beginning his morning prayer on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
Rabbi Mark Melamut walks from Congregation B’nai Emunah to Ocean Beach to begin his morning prayer on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
Rabbi Mark Melamut recites prayers from the Siddur, a Jewish prayer book, while wearing a white prayer shawl called a tallit, during his morning prayer at Ocean Beach on Wednesday, May 20. 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
Rabbi Mark Melamut leads his dinner guests from Congregation B’nai Emunah in prayer and blessing the food before dismissing the children to the kids’ table to begin Shabbat dinner in his Pacifica home on Friday, May 22, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk).
Rabbi Mark Melamut presents the wine which will extinguish the Havdallah candle while community members sing and link arms at Congregation Beth Israel Judea on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Havdallah is a ritual which ends Shabbat and the previous week and also welcomes the incoming week. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
Rabbi Mark Melamut holds the Havdalah candle which represents the end of the week while Emmanuel holds up a chalice of grape juice to extinguish the candle on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
Children tear apart Challah bread after Rabbi Mark Melamut blesses the food for Shavout dinner at his house in Pacifica on Friday, May 22, 2015. (Photo by Drake Newkirk)
This photo story documents a person’s spiritual life, how it influences them, and how they share it with others in the community.
These images will be published on www.baynewsnow.com
along with other photo stories capturing spirituality, religion, and faith around San Francisco.
Rabbi Mark says, it was a pleasure to work with Drake and to share his personal practice and community involvement and leadership with him through photography.
Volunteers from Collaborative Making Lunch Bags
The Southside SF Tikkun Olam Collaborative has focused for their 2015/16 theme: Feeding the Hungry in SF. As part of their work, synagogue members volunteer monthly at the SF-Marin Food Bank and lunch-bag preparation activities. The lunches are distributed by the SF Homeless Outreach program.
The June lunch bag preparation team pictured to the left worked together at Congregation Beth Israel Judea. The site rotates among the synagogues. Beth Israel Judea is one of the four synagogues in the collaborative, which was established several years ago for selected holiday services, events, adult education, and now for tikkun olam projects. The other synagogues are Congregation B’nai Emunah, Congregation Ner Tamid and Or Shalom