History

Celebration of Passover

Jerusalem: Wailing Wall, Israel, people praying

“Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel’s – nay, God’s protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national.” ~ Morris Joseph


Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk, New York, Long Island, South Fork

Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk New York, , Long Island, South Fork

Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk, 2004 I was high on the bluffs on the Eastern most spot In Long Island looking out at the vast expanse of the ocean, It was late morning the sky and the ocean where this wonderful blue. The sun created these wonderful sparkles on the water. On a wall it […]


Presidents Day, Washington’s Birthday, Mount Vernon, Mount Rushmore by Jake Rajs

South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Monument in Black Hills

Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Virginia, was the plantation home of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style, and is located along the Potomac River. Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to […]


Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home 1811-1816, at Knob Creek in Hodgenville

Abraham Lincoln Quotes My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. […]


Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, by Cass Gilbert, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, Foley Square Black History

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, by Cass Gilbert, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, Foley Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, fountain

  A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. Thurgood Marshall If the First Amendment means […]


Apollo Theater, famous music hall Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York – Black History

Apollo Theater, most famous music hall, Architect: George Keister, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Apollo Theater,  most famous music hall, Architect: George Keister, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA he Apollo Theater in New York City is one of the oldest and most famous music halls in the United States, and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[2] and was the home of Showtime at the […]


Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, Black History

Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennesse

Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee,which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River  to East Street. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the blues. Today, the blues clubs […]


Black History – Contrast Slave Cabin – Plantation

Slave Cabin, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Ashley River Road, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States

Black History – Contrast Slave Cabin – Plantation Slave Cabin, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Ashley River Road, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States


African Burial Ground National Monument, Manhattan, New York

African Burial Ground National Monument, Manhattan,New York

  African Burial Ground National Monument, Manhattan, New York Graves, African Burial Ground National Monument, Manhattan,New York City, New York,


Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston

Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston, Massachusetts

Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Photos of the USA


Highway 80, Voting Rights Trail. Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama. Highway 80, Voting Rights Trail. Selma to Montgomery marches brought about the Voting Rights Act in 1965

  Alabama. Highway 80, Voting Rights Trail. Selma to Montgomery marches brought about the Voting Rights Act in 1965 United States Photographs  


Freedom

Freedom, United States

When I was eight, my parents immigrated to the United States from Poland via Israel because of the freedom that America offered. I created this picture with images from around the country that involved this countries struggle to create freedom. Collage of the places in the United States that show the journey towards freedom. Pictures […]


Jake Rajs, The Eye of America, By R. B. Stuart, Long Island Magazine January 2008

Statue of Liberty Between Twin Towers, World Trade Center, Manhattan, NYC

January 2008, Article, Jake Rajs, The Eye of America,  By R. B. Stuart, Long Island Magazine January 2008 Tucked away in an old converted firehouse on the North Fork, is international photographer Jake Rajs whose dramatic landscapes have graced the pages of LIFE, Esquire, OMNI, Travel & Leisure and others. This quiet, unsuspecting visual artist possesses […]


Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado

Colorado. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Lowry Pueblo Ruins National Historic Landmark, built by the Anasazi, circa 1050–1150 AD

Winter morning driving the back roads of Colorado. The storm was clearing and I decided to snowshoe into Canyons of the Ancients, to see the Lowry Pueblo Ruins,  an Indian ruin that I had not visited before. As the sun started coming out it illuminated the fresh snow and ruins. The ancient ruins contrasted with the […]


Walter Cronkite’s introduction to the coffee table book These United States by Jake Rajs, 2003

These United States, Photographer by Jake Rajs, Introduction by Walter Cronkite, Published by Rizzoli

THESE UNITED STATES Foreword by Walter Cronkite We Americans are a strange lot. When we travel abroad we seem to be overcome with embarrassment that our own country is so young. We put aside the pride we otherwise express in the success of this country of ours, which in less than two hundred years has […]