Kappores Ritual in the Brooklyn by Anthony Karen (17 pictures)
Anthony Karen is a photojournalist based in New York.
His passion for photography began in Haiti, where he documented the various Vodou rituals and pilgrimages throughout the country. His project was interrupted when an opportunity to photograph a Ku Klux Klan cross lighting came through. Over the years that followed, Anthony found himself with unrestricted access into America’s most private white separatist organizations.
Anthony was a contributing member of World Pictures News before going freelance in 2008. Over the years Anthony has worked on several projects, including extensive documentation of the Ku Klux Klan, which led to his first book, The Invisible Empire: Ku Klux Klan, released in 2009 by Powerhouse books. His second book, White Pride, released in 2013 by FotoEvidence,is available through iTunes. This work has been exhibited at the annual Noorderlicht Festival and featured in various forms of media, such as NPR radio, Life, Mother Jones, Focus and a special release book by Time/Life – Secret Societies. His work has been frequently featured in Norway’s Magasinet Plot and Life.com, including “Inside the Westboro Baptist Church”, which received two MIN Editorial Awards in 2011. In March, 2013, he worked with Left/Right Productions and the Discovery Channel on a documentary about the modern day Ku Klux Klan, KKK: Beneath the Hood.
Anthony served in the US Marine Corps and worked for many years in the personal protection industry. He has traveled extensively worldwide and has volunteered on numerous international medical missions. His charitable affiliations include Friends in Deed, Hospice, Smile Train, Surgical Volunteers International and the Humane Society.
In 2011, Duke Universities Rare Book and Manuscript Library invited Anthony to include his ongoing life’s work to its biographical archives. Earlier that year he received a grant from the George A. Robinson IV Foundation for his work with humanitarian causes.
Kapparot (Kapporois, Kappores) is a Jewish ritual practiced by some Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur. The person swings a live chicken or a bundle of coins over one’s head three times, symbolically transferring one’s sins to the chicken or coins. The chicken is then slaughtered and donated to the poor for consumption at the pre-fast meal. [Source]