Brian Hendler, Award-winning Jerusalem-based Photographer, Dies at 63

After moving to Israel from South Africa, Hendler worked regularly for the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and other international publications over the past three decades.

Brian Hendler, in an old photo from East Jerusalem.
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Brian Hendler, a Jerusalem-based photographer who worked extensively in Israel and the West Bank died on Tuesday. He was 63. 

Hendler, who moved to Israel from Johannesburg, South Africa, worked regularly for the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and other international publications over the past three decades. His work for JTA garnered him several Simon Rockower Awards for excellence in Jewish journalism, including his coverage of Ethiopian rights rallies, Israeli soldiers in Gaza, and crowds mourning for assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. 

Michael Jankelowitz, former spokesman for the Jewish Agency, who had worked closely with Hendler over the years, was informed of Hendler’s death by a relative. 

Though he described Hendler as a very private person, Jankelowitz said he had a “great sense of humor and was very honest."

Hendler’s funeral would take place on Friday, said Jankelowitz, to allow family members to travel to Israel from South Africa. 

“He was a photographer through and through,” said Margot Dudkevitch, a former Jerusalem Post reporter who often teamed up with Hendler, recalling how they were pinned down by gunfire in Ramallah while covering the Second Intifada in 2000, and had to be rescued by the Israeli military.  

“He did great work, and he never let anybody get in his way when he was getting his shot,” Dudkevitch said.