Israel’s Art School – Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

David Cohen - Ben Yehuda Walkway

David Cohen - Ben Yehuda Walkway

Since this is a blog about Israeli art and artists, I cannot allow another post to go by without sharing with the world (or at least with those interested) about The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. This acclaimed and sought after art college is Israel’s national school of art. For those who may think that “Bezalel” sounds like just another strange foreign word, rest assured that this foreign word appears in the Bible. Bezalel was the son of Uri, whom Moses appointed to oversee the construction and design of the Tabernacle (Exodus 35:30). The academy was named “Bezalel” the direct Hebrew translation being “in God’s shadow” pointing to a Holy God’s creativity being channeled to men of flesh and blood.


The Bezalel School is located on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem and currently has a student body numbering 1,500 who are registered in programs such as ceramic design, industrial design, fine arts, architecture, photography, animation, visual communication, and film.


Boris Schatz founded the academy in 1903 the official opening was in 1906. In 2006, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design celebrated its 100th anniversary.


Students of the Bezalel School started out by producing decorative art objects in a wide range of media: fabric, silver, wood, leather, and brass. Even though many of the designers and artists were trained in Europe, it was often members of the Yemenite community who were the craftsmen. The Yemenite Jews have a long tradition of craftsmanship in precious metals, and since small groups were immigrating to Israel at least from the beginning of the nineteenth century, a distinctive Yemenite community was formed in Jerusalem.


Leading artists of the school include Meir Gur Aryeh, Ze’ev Raban, Boris Schatz, Jacob Eisenberg, Jacob Steinhardt, and Hermann Struck.


It is no secret that Israeli art would most likely not be what it is today without the excellent training and inspiration provided at this fine academy.


For beautiful artworks by leading Israeli artists, please visit  

David Cohen - Emek Yisrael Valley

David Cohen - Emek Yisrael Valley






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