About > Supporters > Prizes

Prizes

Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design Prizes

Revital Seri Scholarship for Academic Excellence

The Revital Seri Memorial Foundation was established by the Bezalel Lecturers’ Association. The scholarship, which is funded by the foundations’ earnings and from the Bezalel Academy budget, is awarded to outstanding students in need of financial assistance.
Scholarship committee: A representative of the Academic Senate, a representative of the public, the Dean of Students and a student representative. The department’s recommendations must include the candidate’s grade sheet.
The prize committee meets during the summer recess.

The Moshik Ben-Dor Prize

The Academic Senate established the Moshik Ben-Dor Memorial Prize in 1974 in memory of Moshik Ben-Dor, who fell in the Yom Kippur War. The prize is awarded to students who make a positive social and cultural contribution to the atmosphere of the Bezalel Academy. Students of all departments are eligible for the prize and candidates are nominated by department heads in consultation with student representatives in each of the departments. The prize is awarded to a student who volunteers his or her time in activities that contribute to the student body and the Bezalel Academy in general, beyond his or her academic requirements.

The Herman Struck Prize

The Bezalel Academy awards an annual prize in memory of the artist Herman Struck to the winner of a printing competition held among all the students at the Bezalel Academy.
The jury is made up of representatives from outside the Bezalel Academy involved in the field of artistic printing – etching, lithography, silk-screening, wood engraving, linoleum cutting and a combination of techniques. The competition is held once a year at the end of the academic year. The following conditions apply:

  1.  A photographic technique may be used as long as it is not the only technique involved.
  2. The print is intended only for artistic purposes rather than practical purposes.
  3. The print is part of a series including at least five prints.
    The student must submit the individual prints without passe-partout. The works must be signed by the student and prepared in a special portfolio bearing his or her name. The prize-winning work will be kept in the department archive.
    The works must be submitted by July 10 of each year to the Public Relations Department.

Meisler Prize

Meira Meisler, a graduate of the Jewelry Design Department, established the Elly and Joachim Meisler Foundation in memory of her parents, who in their lives had been among Bezalel’s most loyal supporters. The Foundation’s earnings are earmarked for the Meisler Prize for Outstanding Design. The prize is awarded to students from all years of study in the design departments: Ceramic Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communications, Jewelry Design and Architecture.
The departmental teaching committee recommends a maximum of one or two students to the prize committee, for outstanding work in design carried out and submitted during the academic year.
Prize committee: Two Academic Senate representatives from the field of design and a member of the public from outside the Bezalel Academy.
The prize committee meets during the summer recess.

The Messinas Research in Greece Scholarship

The scholarship was established in memory of the parents of the architect Elias Messinas – Victor and Sylvia Messinas.
The scholarship includes the cost of a round-trip ticket to Greece and a stipend for living expenses equivalent to 350 Euros. Third and fourth-year students in all Bezalel departments are eligible for the scholarship. The trip to Greece is ten days long and takes place during the summer recess. At the end of the trip, the student selected for the scholarship must submit a presentation consisting of sketches, drawings, pictures and written material on the project. All proposals must be submitted no later than March 1 of each academic year.
Committee members: the Dean of students, the department head and a representative of the Foundation.
Students interested in this scholarship can obtain more detailed material in the office of the Dean of Students, or by writing to dean@bezalel.ac.il.

Departmental Prizes and Scholarships

Prizes from the Blanche and Romie Shapiro Department of Fine Arts

Elhanani Prize

The Ehud Elhanani memorial prize is awarded to assist a graduate of the Blanche and Romie Shapiro Department of Fine Arts in taking his or her first steps as an artist, in accordance with the decision of the prize committee. The committee meets during the summer recess.
Prize committee: The President of the Bezalel Academy, the head of the Department of Fine Arts, three Bezalel lecturers, representatives of various museums and a representative of the public.

Prizes for Excellence

A number of prizes for academic excellence are awarded each year to outstanding fourth-year students, at the discretion of the prize committee.
Prize committee: The President of the Bezalel Academy, the head of the Department of Fine Arts, three Bezalel lecturers, representatives of various museums and a representative of the public.
Jack D. Weiler Department of Architecture Prize
A Prize for Excellence is awarded to the student with the highest grade average (higher than 90) in the entire department. The prize is awarded in accordance with the decision of the Teaching Committee.
An Achievement Prize is awarded to the student who earned the highest grade average (higher than 90) in all subjects, and accumulated a minimum of 52 credit points in the five years of study.

Rodev Prize

This is a personal prize in memory of Sephi Rodev, made possible by a grant from her husband, Shlomo Rodev. The prize is awarded to one or two students who have completed their fifth year of study and whose final project received an outstanding grade.
Committee: The head of the department, Mr. Shlomo Rodev, a Bezalel lecturer.

Prizes of the Department of Ceramic and Glass Design

Deborah Blumenthal Prize

The prize is funded by the earnings of the foundation contributed by the Blumenthal family in memory of ceramic artist Deborah Blumenthal. The prize is awarded for one or more outstanding final projects at the end of the fourth year of study. The prize committee is the departmental grades committee.

Romie and Blanche Shapiro Prize

This is a prize for outstanding work in the field of Judaica – the design of sacred objects. The prize is given for an outstanding design of ceramic Jewish sacred objects, in accordance with the recommendation of the Judaica course instructor.

Isaacson Prize

The Isaacson Prize is a prize for excellence in ceramic design for second and third-year students. The prize committee is the departmental grades committee.

The Sylvia Nisbet Prize

The Sylvia Nisbet Prize is a prize for departmental excellence in the pottery track in memory of the ceramicst Sylvia Nisbet of the U.K. When the end-of-year projects are submitted, the projects recommended for this prize are chosen. The projects are presented to the prize committee, which meets during the summer recess. Prize committee: The head of the department, a representative of the family, the international relations officer, a lecturer from the department.

Prizes for achievement and excellence

Prizes are awarded to third and fourth-year students with a grade average of 90 and above (Achievement Award) and to those with a grade average of 95 and above (Prize for Excellence). The prizes are awarded in accordance with the decision of the teaching committee.

Prizes of the Jewelry & Fashion Department

The Annual Lola Taumann Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design
The prize was established by her children Jimmi and Sarah Rembiszewski to honour and preserve the memory of their beloved mother, Lola Taumann (b. Fajnsztat), and to reflect her exceptional talent, colourful personality, courage and determination. The intention is that the prize money be used to help the winner set up a business in fashion design following their graduation.
The Rembiszewski family will provide a mentor from the business world to the prize winner during their first year out of the Academy in order to assist them in getting established.
The $10.000 dollar prize is the largest fashion design prize awarded at Bezalel. The annual prize will be open to fourth year fashion design students. Deadline for application submission is May 15th.
The jury will convene to view the candidates' works during the last two weeks of July, when the works will be exhibited at the Bezalel End of Year Exhibition.
Lola Taumann's CV

Eitan Ron Prize

The Eitan Ron Memorial Prize Foundation was established by the Ron family of Kibbutz Yehiam to commemorate Eitan, who fell in the Yom Kippur War. The earnings of the foundation fund an annual prize awarded in the Jewelry Design Department for a piece of jewelry designed in the department.
The criteria for the prize are based on the level of design the piece of jewelry and the level of performance of the submitted work. The committee meets during the summer recess.

Romie and Blanche Shapiro Prize

The prize was donated by Romie and Blanche Shapiro of New York to encourage the design and creation of Judaica and to influence the design of objects in this field – in the Bezalel Academy as well as in Israel in general. A jury chooses works by students worthy of the prize for the design of Jewish ritual objects. The committee meets during the summer vacation.
Prize committee: The head of the Department of Jewelry Design, two lecturers from the department and two representatives of the public. The committee chair is appointed by Mr. Romie Shapiro.

Lockman Prize for Applied Design

The prize was donated by the late Mr. Michael Lockman to encourage students in applied design of jewelry or Judaica. The prize is divided into first and second place.
Prize committee: Ms. Pauline Lockman and the head of the department.

Evelyn Graber Prize

The prize was donated by Evelyn Graber of New York to be awarded to a female student of the department for the design of a Jewish ritual object. All students who prepare works in the area of Judaica during the year can submit candidacy for the prize. The committee meets during the summer recess.
Prize committee: Head of the department, a lecturer of the department.

Prizes for academic excellence

Prizes for academic excellence are awarded to second, third and fourth-year students who earned the highest grade average in their year (above 85).

Benjamin Swig Department of Industrial Design Prizes

The Pinchas Sapir Prize

The prize is funded by the income of the Pinchas Sapir Endowment Fund for the best model in industrial design.
Prize committee: The head of the Industrial Design Department, lecturers from the department, a representative of the First International Bank

Aharon Gelles Prize

The prize is given for developmental consistency and advancement in studies in the department.
Prize committee: Department faculty

Brandenburg prize

The prize is awarded to three students – young, outstanding designers, with priority given to those in financial need.
Prize committee: Department faculty

Class prize for excellence / Departmental prize for excellence


The winners are selected from among a group of students with the highest grade average.
Prize committee: Department faculty

Prizes of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation Department of Visual Communication

Yossi Stern Prize

The Yossi Stern Memorial Prize is awarded for unique achievement in the field of illustration to graduates of the Department of Visual Communications. The candidates are chosen by the departmental teaching committee during the summer recess.

Sandberg Prize

The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design has established a prize of its own in memory of Dr. Willem Sandberg of Amsterdam awarded to graduates of the Department of Visual Communications. The prize is awarded for extraordinary achievements as presented in a personal exhibition by graduates of the department’s fourth-year students. The department teaching committee chooses the winner of the prize if a suitable candidate is found, from among the graduates.

Felheim Prize

The Bezalel Academy administration has decided to grant an annual prize in memory of Professor Mike Felheim, who was head of the Department of Visual Communications for many years. The prize was made possible by the establishment of a prize fund of donations from lecturers of the Bezalel Academy, its staff, the Bezalel administration and the Felheim family. The prize is awarded to a student of the Department of Visual Communications for unique work in Typographical Design.
The jury is appointed by the head of the Department of Visual Communications from lecturers who deal in typographical design in Israel and abroad.
The winning works become the property of the Bezalel Academy, which reserves the right to keep them in its archives. If no work is found worthy of the prize, the prize is not granted.
Edith and Herbert Meyers Prize in Packaging Design
The prize committee is made up of a representative of the Meyers family and department lecturers in the field of package design.

Isaaca Siegal Prize

The Isaaca Siegal Prize is awarded to a female student in need of financial aid.
Prize committee: The teaching committee, in consultation with the Dean of Students.

Prizes for academic excellence

Prizes for academic excellence are awarded to second, third and fourth-year students who received a departmental grade average higher than 90, in accordance with the decision of the teaching committee.

The Department of Photography

The Rami Halperin Prize for an Outstanding Student

The prize commemorates Rami Halperin, a photographer by nature and profession  who fell in the Yom Kippur War. It is awarded to students whose work and creative activities demonstrate an understanding of photography and a unique approach. The prize is funded by a foundation established by the Halperin family and the Rami Halperin Memorial National Fund Board of Trustees, and is intended to advance and promote the study of photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Candidates for the prize are students who employ photography as a visual medium of expression and who submit work they have done in the context of their studies to the jury.
Criteria for the prize:

  1. The visual and conceptual approach in the photographic work.
  2. Work process and technical performance.
  3. Manner of presentation.
  4. Continued work in photography.

The decision on the recipient of the prize is made at the final meeting of the academic year by the department faculty.
The prize is awarded in the form of a monetary grant equivalent to the profit earnings of the Foundation in that year. The prize is awarded to a student or divided among a number of students, in accordance with the decision of the jury. The winning works will become the property of the Bezalel Academy, which reserves the right to keep them in its archives.
The President of the Bezalel Academy and the faculty of the Department of Photography reserve the right to change the criteria as determined in coordination with the administration of the foundation. In some cases, it may be possible, in coordination with the Halperin family and in accordance with the decision by the department faculty, to commemorate Rami Halperin’s name in departmental activities throughout the academic year in place of awarding the prize.

The History and Theory Department

Jacob and Kenda Bar-Gera Prize for Excellence

A prize for excellence in the History and Theory Department is awarded to third, fourth and fifth-year students with a grade average of 92 and above who have accumulated 15 credit points.

Prize for Academic Excellence

A prize for academic excellence in the History and Theory Department  is awarded to third, fourth and fifth-year students with a grade average of 92 and above who have accumulated 15 credit points.