In honor of Passover 2017 (5777), Jerusalem’s renowned Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design has released images of one-of-a-kind functional Judaica created by students, alumni and faculty over the years, in an exploration of the intersection of belief and art.

“Bezalel Academy has always blended old traditions with cutting-edge creation and design, and I believe is the only place on the globe teaching Judaica design at an academic level,” said Liv Sperber, vice president for international affairs at Bezalel Academy.

“The very name of the academy illustrates the desire of our founder, Boris Schatz, to continue the strong Jewish tradition of artistic practice; Bezalel being the Biblical character entrusted with designing the Tabernacle, and thereby the first artist and designer known to the world,” Sperber said.

The objects shown here were part of a 1998 world-traveling Judaica exhibition encompassing a century of Jewish craftsmanship at Bezalel, and are not for sale — only for inspiration.

ISRAEL21c wishes our Jewish readers a happy Passover.

Hadassah Shirzad made this glass goblet of Elijah in 1998. Photo by Yaki Assayag
Seder plate by Uri Reshef, 1997. Photo by Yaki Assayag
Amit Shor designed this Elijah’s cup of iron and brass in 1997. Photo by Yaki Assayag
Roni Ilouz used coated brass to make this Elijah’s cup in 1997. Photo by Yaki Assayag
Ritual handwashing bowl by Yehudit Yeger, 1995. Photo by Yaki Assayag