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Roto: Take Me to the Hummus, Mr. Humus

David Abitbol of Jerusalem writes:

I was late for my meeting with my friend Harry. Harry runs a Jerusalem events site at and I run We meet every once in a while to catch up, share ideas, discuss developments, etc. As confirmed hummus fanatics, we always meet at a small, charming hummus joint near the Ben Yehudah pedestrian mall called Ta’ami. It’s a convenient location, and we both agree that it serves the best hummus — at least in West Jerusalem. Like I said, I was running late and didn’t want to miss my hummus fix, so rather than take a bus, I hopped into a cab and made my way into town. It was then that I noticed my cab driver’s license. His name was Hasan Abu Humus. How appropriate…

Editor’s Note:

In 1923, the Forward launched a weekly photography supplement known as the Rotogravure. The feature took its name from a process for engraving images onto metal plates for printing. While other newspapers of the era had their own Rotogravure pages, the Forward’s “Roto” stands out as a visual record of the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience. It tackled themes ranging from a “Beauty and Charm Contest” to “Interesting Jewish Types from Africa and Palestine.” Readers from all corners of the globe mailed in their photos for publication.

Our revived Roto creates an online photographic record of the richness and diversity of today’s Jewish world. We invite our readers to send us their photos.

E-mail your photo to the Roto at [email protected], along with a brief explanation of the image and its meaning.

For previous installments of the Roto, click here.

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