"Tzfat: The Magical and Mystical City"
Location: Tzfat, Israel
Date: July 2021
Photographer: Benjamin Sorkin
University Affiliation: Undergraduate Student
Home Country: United States
Award: Honorable Mention
"During my time in Tzfat, I heard many stories about how the energy of the city was unlike any other city in Israel and even the world. The people are known to be so kind and friendly, and even known to invite strangers with no place to stay into their homes. At this point in the day, we were wrapping up in Tzfat and our tour guide was teaching us a simple song that we could all sing together. We started singing, and really getting into it, putting out arms around each other, and swaying with the rhythm. These people in the photo, complete strangers, joined in with the guitar and even joined our dance circle. It was one of my favorite moments throughout the trip. We were all just people living and enjoying life and it was a really special experience."