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The Friends of Bezalel held its annual Gala on January 23, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel. The ever-dynamic Consul General, Ambassador Ido Aharoni, addressed the crowd of art-lovers and Israel-supporters, citing the importance of Bezalel's role in shaping Israel's brand through creative output.
Bezalel Alumna and Fulbright Scholar, Ronit Levin Delgado, received the first ever Alumnus Ambassador Award, and led guests in an art project which incorporated Jerusalem stone tiles and watercolor pencils. A highlight of the evening was the auction led by Jennifer Roth, Sotheby's Senior Vice-President and former President of Friends of Bezalel, which included an impromptu addition from Dr. Ruth - a hand-painted tile which she promised (in her famously endearing German accent) would bring the highest bidder "good sex for life" - it sold for $800!
Through the lively auction, the Fine Arts Department secured sponsorships for Desert Workshops, Guest Lecture Masterclasses and tuition scholarships for needy fine arts students. These donations provide essential support for Bezalel's Fine Arts Department, as well as financial assistance to its most talented students.
We continue to welcome scholarship donations throughout the year. Together with Nir Hod, we are proud to thank all scholarship purchasers with a set of his signed, limited edition The Night You Left coasters ? until we run out.
The gala concluded with a special showing of the Bob Dylan interactive Like A Rolling Stone video created by Bezalel alumnus Vania Heymann, who was in attendance.
The young leadership of Friends of Bezalel retreated to the Astor Library in the St. Regis for an after party that welcomed over 170 guests, and included new media by Matt Starr, dozens of Bezalel's NY-based alumni and many fresh faces.
We thank all of you for your generous support of Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel's center for innovation and unparalleled creativity. To help our remarkable students with tuition assistance and/or supplies, please contact the office.
View Gala 2014 Photos Here
View the Young Leadership #Astorparty Photos Here