amazing YEMENITE pictures on this site are dedicated to the memory of
Mira Robinzon, 1949-1998
in Russia, Mira emigrated to Israel in 1957. She attended compulsory military
service from 1967-1969, and afterwards, Mira attended photographic school. In
1971, she married Boaz and was a photographer for the Defence Minsitry until the
birth of their son, Shachar, in 1976. From 1977-1979, Mira, Boaz and their
son Shachar lived in Cherry Hill, NJ, USA where Mira taught at the Jewish
school. On their return to Israel, from 1979-1985, Mira was a photographer at
the Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy Unit for the Faculty of
Agriculture at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Rehovot Campus. Their
daughter Ya'ara was born in 1981.
In 1990, Mira' Lupus diagnosis with kidney involvment meant she
reluctantly had to close the school. The family again moved to Little
Rock, AR, in 1991 and returned to Israel the following year.
From 1992 onwards, Mira, disabled by the disease, had several episodes of sepsis, cerebritis, cellulitis, hyponatremia and diminishing kidney function. Lupus Nephritis was constantly active. Desipte her debilitating illness and the onset of depression and despair, some of Mira's most important photographic projects were completed during this time. In March and April, 1998, after kidney failure, acute cerebritis, hemiplegia, blindness and coma, she was transferred from hospital to the Neve-Amit Hospice. With excellent and caring treatment, Mira regained consciousness plus her sight and movement, however, she still had no lymphocytes. By May 1998, Mira had sepsis with K. Pneumonia that was resistant to all kinds of antibiotics.
In the morning of May 24th, 1998, after a
courageous fight, Mira passed away in her husband's arms.
The following photos are copyright
and may not be reproduced in any form without the express, written permission of
the owner, Boaz Robinzon. (eMail:
Copyright Boaz Robinzon, all rights reserved.
These photos of Jewish
Yemenite Women are from a collection taken in Rehovot, Israel in 1996.
This collection is part of a broader one, and is a very rare
documentation of these ladies.
The following pictures are not part of Mira's collection...
Traditional dancing of Yemenite Jews at a modern Israeli Yemenite festivity, from the film Rosh Ha'Ayin, part of the Archive's Badihi Collection.