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1948, Bezalel took on an iden-
tity that can be truly called
Israeli. As the culture of
Israel emerged from all its
roots as a unique and vibrant
identity, the Bezalel Academy
grew, under increasingly na-
tive-born leadership, into a
wellspring of creativity and
national pride.
Stylistically speaking, Bez-
alel's students are usually
drawn to contemporary con-
cepts in art and design.
"Though ancient Jewish
themes are also explored,"
Romie Shapiro notes, "they
are usually translated into a
modern idiom." In this way,
Bezalel is right at the fore-
front while respecting and
preserving the past.

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Anniversary, the Bezalel
Academy is entering yet an-
other phase: the consolida-
tion of all its departments,
which have been scattered un-
til now throughout Jerusa-
lem, into a new campus on
Mount Scopus. Shapiro des-
cribes the locale, which
overlooks Jerusalem and the
Judaean Hills, as "the most
beautiful spot imaginable?'
The new campus has been
Shapiro's major goal ever
since he founded the Friends
of Bezalel eight years ago. At
that time hardly anyone out-
side of Israel has heard of the
school, but now there are
groups in Canada, the United
States, England, Australia,
and Israel, which help to
publicize and support it. Fif-
ty percent of the funds for the
move has been supplied by
the Israeli government, with
the rest having to come from
outside sources.

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generosity of an American,
Jack Weiler, who contributed
close to two million dollars.
Three departments have
already moved into spacious
new quarters. And represen-
tatives of Bezalel just an-
nounced, at last week's An-
niversary Dinner in New
York, that the Swig family of
California has given Bezalel
two million dollars in memory
of their father, Benjamin
Swig, for construction of a se-
cond, nine-story building.
Groundbreaking is scheduled
for this February, and by
1990 the move should be
complete.

Ran Shechori explains the
necessity of the move: "Be-
cause we were scattered in
twelve buildings, many of
them rented, around the city,
there was a tremendous waste
of manpower and equipment.
Each department worked dif-
ferently. Each put out its own
catalogue of courses, with
some operating on a trimester

basis while others had sem-
esters."
"But now," he continues, "I
believe that Bezalel will real-
ly be a school that encom-
passes all of the arts, with
even more mobility within it."
Romie Shapiro observes
that something new is hap-
pening already. "One of the
great thrills I had when I was
in Israel last was to see the
students together in the new
cafeteria, exchanging ideas
about all the work they were
doing."
The Bezalel Academy has
come a long way since Boris
Schatz walked the streets of
Jerusalem. As for his original
Bezalel building, which was
once the palace of a Turkish
pasha, it has been designated
a historical monument. The
building will serve as a
gallery for graduate exhibi-
tions and will house the
Bezalel Research and Dev-
elopment Company, a link
betWeen the Academy and in-
dustry. In seeing the struc-
ture, visitors may also be
reminded that though the
focus and structure of the
Bezalel Academy have chang-
ed significantly in the last
eighty years, it was Boris
Schatz's dream that set the
stage for Bezalel as it is to-
day. "And today," Shapiro
adds proudly, "there isn't a
major artist in Israel who
didn't pass through the por-
tals of Bezalel."

Yeshivah PTA
Plans Auction

Auction '87, a goods-and-
services auction sponsored by
the PTA of Yeshivath Beth
Yehudah/Beth Jacob Schools,
will be held June 21 at the
Yeshivah building, 15751 W.
Lincoln, Southfield.
All new goods, including
clothing, jewelry, appliances,
gift certificates and more will
be auctioned to fund a com-
puter program and the gym
program. A silent auction will
be held at 7 p.m., and the
general auction will begin at 8
p.m. There will also be raffles,
door prizes and a "white
elephant" sale. There is a
charge.
For information or to donate
items, call chairpersons Esther
Sherizen, 968-9592, or Estelle
Gelberman, 557-7616.

Mazon Supported

The children of Beth Ab-
raham Hillel Moses Religious
School have joined with
Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper in
supporting Mazon: A Jewish
Response to Hunger, by shar-
ing the profits they earned
through their annual candy
fund raiser.

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