Hershel Shanks

Rising above the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Umm el-Kanatir, a 44-foot-high crane made of yellow-painted steel stands ready to work. Recovered and adapted by project director Yehoshua “Yeshu” Dray, the crane has a winch that slides along the length of the horizontal crossbeam and enables the workers to photograph and lift the blocks from above.