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"Somewhere out there, there's a street photographer telling your story in a picture you may never know they took, and thousands of miles away, someone sees it and smiles. And the world continues to turn".

Though we are all human, we each have our own unique story. That story is what makes us who we are, and is what defines us throughout our lives.
It's easier to give the irritable bus driver the benefit of the doubt when you know something of his life story.

You can't help but connect to that random stranger on the bus when you find out that he's a photographer and a Doctor Who fan, just like you.

You'll be a lot more likely to donate generously to the panhandler on the corner of Ben Yehuda & Yafo St. when you find out that he met his wife in a post office in Afghanistan where they got into an argument because she was a civil-rights activist and he was a soldier in the US army and they were both asked to leave because they were making so much noise and they became friendly and weeks later she asked him out because he was too shy and they got married and moved to Israel and lived happily ever after and now he's raising money to marry off his 13th child.


These are not just stories. They're glimpses into people's lives, and they speak of pain, joy, struggles and triumph. They encourage and inspire readers around the world to be friendly, optimistic and to never give up.

These are the Humans of Jerusalem.


Let me introduce myself:

My name is Simcha Jessel. I was born in Canada and came to Israel as a toddler. I launched Humans of Jerusalen on Facebook in February 2015, two years into my army service. It is based off Humans of New York, the world-famous blog created by Brandon Stanton, whose colorful stories of ordinary people from the street inspire and connect people from across the globe, and have inspired many cities around the world to create similar projects of their own. Humans of Bangkok, Humans of Prague, Humans of Istanbul and many more, it is now Jerusalem's turn. Jerusalem boasts of a racial and religious diversity unrivaled anywhere in the world, and the material for stories is endless.

Fiercely proud of my Jewish/Israeli roots, I have always viewed it as an honor and a responsibility to document the people and the stories I have had the privilege of collecting throughout the course of the five years I have spent as a photojournalist and documentarian in the region.

Humans of Jerusalem focuses on the people and stories of residents, tourists and visitors to Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. In addition to the Facebook page, we now have a website where visitors have access to all of the HOJ stories, a number of galleries, as well as being privy to tidbits not available on the Facebook page, such as a behind-the-scenes content and editorials.

The story telling process involves traveling the region, attending festivals, car shows, family reunions, events, gatherings and conducting impromptu on the street interviews with a continual parade of interesting Humans who are excited to be asked to share their story.

We are passionate about Humans of Jerusalem and the stories yet to be told, because, as Jerusalemites, we share a collective voice and message that needs to be heard. Unfortunately, we can’t do that with just wishful thinking and positive comments. In order to grow this project, we can’t continue to personally financially subsidize the travel, time and equipment necessary. We have invested significant amounts of funding in cameras, lenses, computers, recording equipment, travel, food, lodging and admission fees in the course of sharing our stories…sometimes actually sleeping in the back of our vehicle if the travel distances are far. There were particular months in 2015 we directly spent $2,000 or more to bring these stories to the Facebook and internet communities.
Together, we can build this community into something even more important, insightful and significant to the preservation of the Israeli culture. We sincerely appreciate your support, and your willingness to share our stories. There is much to celebrate and be proud of in our culture…creativity, steely determination and passion. We invite you to help us share these things with a global audience via your financial support!

Show your support by giving a little each month so that we may not only continue, but make HOJ flourish!

• Louder With Crowder
"There’s a Facebook page called Humans of Jerusalem (like Humans of New York), where a photographer takes picture of…well, humans of Jerusalem":
http://louderwithcrowder.com/a-photo-of-this-israeli-soldier-is-going-viral/

• The Blaze
"Photo of Israeli Soldier Balancing His Gun as He Soothes His Baby Is Getting A Lot of Attention":
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/14/photo-of-israeli-soldier-balancing-his-gun-as-he-soothes-his-baby-is-getting-a-lot-of-attention/

• The Jerusalem Post:
"The Facebook page featuring the photographs and accompanying stories of random people on the capital’s streets presents a colorful slice of Holy City life – and the residents who make it so special"
http://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/Humans-of-Jerusalem-419662

• Jüdische Rundschau:
"Modeled after the popular "Humans of New York" blog that already has more than 15 million fans on Facebook, now the Israeli capital has a virtual showcase for their citizens and their diversity"
http://juedischerundschau.de/humans-of-jerusalem-135910243/

•The Gospel Truth
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Pledge $5 or more per month
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Group Hangout

Once a month we'll gather for an online hangout where I'll invite YOU to come on camera with me and ask your questions live. For the shy folks out there, you are welcome to write in your questions or simply tune in and watch. Plus all rewards above.
Pledge $10 or more per month
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Once a month I'll be looking to YOU for questions, challenges, and suggestions that I will use for one of my projects. It may result in a video, a blog, a livestream, but no matter what it is, it will be determined by YOU!
Pledge $18 or more per month
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A Human of Jerusalem

Get a sneak peak at one of my best stories yet, before I share it on my page!
Pledge $36 or more per month
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Art Critic

Get a unique photo from the streets of Jerusalem, taken specifically for you!
Pledge $50 or more per month
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Curator of Fine Art

An unpublished story from my archives, sent directly to your Email address!
Pledge $100 or more per month
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Model in Jerusalem

A "Humans of Jerusalem"-style portrait of you, taken by yours truly! (Visit Israel to collect this reward)
Pledge $500 or more per month
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Have your personal story featured on Humans of Jerusalem, and get a copy on canvas!
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Once a month, street phtographers and "Humans of" founders from all over Israel and the world will be meeting up to talk shop. The event will be live-broadcast to our YouTube channel, and we'll be taking Q&As from fans, as well as showcasing some of our most iconic work on canvas!
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"Somewhere out there, there's a street photographer telling your story in a picture you may never know they took, and thousands of miles away, someone sees it and smiles. And the world continues to turn".

Though we are all human, we each have our own unique story. That story is what makes us who we are, and is what defines us throughout our lives.
It's easier to give the irritable bus driver the benefit of the doubt when you know something of his life story.

You can't help but connect to that random stranger on the bus when you find out that he's a photographer and a Doctor Who fan, just like you.

You'll be a lot more likely to donate generously to the panhandler on the corner of Ben Yehuda & Yafo St. when you find out that he met his wife in a post office in Afghanistan where they got into an argument because she was a civil-rights activist and he was a soldier in the US army and they were both asked to leave because they were making so much noise and they became friendly and weeks later she asked him out because he was too shy and they got married and moved to Israel and lived happily ever after and now he's raising money to marry off his 13th child.


These are not just stories. They're glimpses into people's lives, and they speak of pain, joy, struggles and triumph. They encourage and inspire readers around the world to be friendly, optimistic and to never give up.

These are the Humans of Jerusalem.


Let me introduce myself:

My name is Simcha Jessel. I was born in Canada and came to Israel as a toddler. I launched Humans of Jerusalen on Facebook in February 2015, two years into my army service. It is based off Humans of New York, the world-famous blog created by Brandon Stanton, whose colorful stories of ordinary people from the street inspire and connect people from across the globe, and have inspired many cities around the world to create similar projects of their own. Humans of Bangkok, Humans of Prague, Humans of Istanbul and many more, it is now Jerusalem's turn. Jerusalem boasts of a racial and religious diversity unrivaled anywhere in the world, and the material for stories is endless.

Fiercely proud of my Jewish/Israeli roots, I have always viewed it as an honor and a responsibility to document the people and the stories I have had the privilege of collecting throughout the course of the five years I have spent as a photojournalist and documentarian in the region.

Humans of Jerusalem focuses on the people and stories of residents, tourists and visitors to Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. In addition to the Facebook page, we now have a website where visitors have access to all of the HOJ stories, a number of galleries, as well as being privy to tidbits not available on the Facebook page, such as a behind-the-scenes content and editorials.

The story telling process involves traveling the region, attending festivals, car shows, family reunions, events, gatherings and conducting impromptu on the street interviews with a continual parade of interesting Humans who are excited to be asked to share their story.

We are passionate about Humans of Jerusalem and the stories yet to be told, because, as Jerusalemites, we share a collective voice and message that needs to be heard. Unfortunately, we can’t do that with just wishful thinking and positive comments. In order to grow this project, we can’t continue to personally financially subsidize the travel, time and equipment necessary. We have invested significant amounts of funding in cameras, lenses, computers, recording equipment, travel, food, lodging and admission fees in the course of sharing our stories…sometimes actually sleeping in the back of our vehicle if the travel distances are far. There were particular months in 2015 we directly spent $2,000 or more to bring these stories to the Facebook and internet communities.
Together, we can build this community into something even more important, insightful and significant to the preservation of the Israeli culture. We sincerely appreciate your support, and your willingness to share our stories. There is much to celebrate and be proud of in our culture…creativity, steely determination and passion. We invite you to help us share these things with a global audience via your financial support!

Show your support by giving a little each month so that we may not only continue, but make HOJ flourish!

• Louder With Crowder
"There’s a Facebook page called Humans of Jerusalem (like Humans of New York), where a photographer takes picture of…well, humans of Jerusalem":
http://louderwithcrowder.com/a-photo-of-this-israeli-soldier-is-going-viral/

• The Blaze
"Photo of Israeli Soldier Balancing His Gun as He Soothes His Baby Is Getting A Lot of Attention":
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/14/photo-of-israeli-soldier-balancing-his-gun-as-he-soothes-his-baby-is-getting-a-lot-of-attention/

• The Jerusalem Post:
"The Facebook page featuring the photographs and accompanying stories of random people on the capital’s streets presents a colorful slice of Holy City life – and the residents who make it so special"
http://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/Humans-of-Jerusalem-419662

• Jüdische Rundschau:
"Modeled after the popular "Humans of New York" blog that already has more than 15 million fans on Facebook, now the Israeli capital has a virtual showcase for their citizens and their diversity"
http://juedischerundschau.de/humans-of-jerusalem-135910243/

•The Gospel Truth

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Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Group Hangout

Once a month we'll gather for an online hangout where I'll invite YOU to come on camera with me and ask your questions live. For the shy folks out there, you are welcome to write in your questions or simply tune in and watch. Plus all rewards above.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
Once a month I'll be looking to YOU for questions, challenges, and suggestions that I will use for one of my projects. It may result in a video, a blog, a livestream, but no matter what it is, it will be determined by YOU!
Pledge $18 or more per month
0 patrons
A Human of Jerusalem

Get a sneak peak at one of my best stories yet, before I share it on my page!
Pledge $36 or more per month
0 patrons
Art Critic

Get a unique photo from the streets of Jerusalem, taken specifically for you!
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Curator of Fine Art

An unpublished story from my archives, sent directly to your Email address!
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Model in Jerusalem

A "Humans of Jerusalem"-style portrait of you, taken by yours truly! (Visit Israel to collect this reward)
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Have your personal story featured on Humans of Jerusalem, and get a copy on canvas!