The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation of Cleveland is giving the Bezalel
Academy of Arts and Design of Jerusalem $25 million to fund the construction of
the school’s new downtown campus, scheduled for completion in 2017.
Click photo to download. Caption: Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Credit: Shai Halevi via Wikimedia Commons.
The Mandel Foundation, established in 1953, prioritizes higher
education, Jewish education, social leadership and urban renewal. Bezalel is Israel’s leading academy of arts and design.
Bezalel’s new 400,000-square-foot building is
being designed by Sejima & Nishizawa and Associates, a Tokyo-based architectural firm, in collaboration with
Israel’s Nir-Kutz Architects. “The gift represents our desire to support
Bezalel, the city of Jerusalem and the advancement of art in Israel,” said Morton
L. Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.