Bezalel Haggadah

February 5- May 4, 2014 | Past Exhibit

Designed and produced by Maty Grünberg London: Bezalel Academy1984 75 leaves, (20 ½ x 15 ¼ ins) Each sheet bears the artist's stamp. Printed from cherry wood blocks, with Hebrew text and extensive use of gold and colors.

In 1979 Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design commissioned artist Maty Grünberg to create the Bezalel Haggadah. Grünberg took five years to complete the project. Earlier versions of the Haggadah, Egyptian artifacts, and symbols of Jerusalem inspired him to create the illustrations. He based the calligraphy on a design by Elihu Koren, one of Israel's foremost typographers. Grünberg’s work is held in public and private collections throughout the world.

The Haggadah is read by Jews on the first night of Passover. The book sets forth the order of the Passover meal and the story celebrates the delivery of the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage.

The Oregon Jewish Museum is grateful to Kenneth Helphand for the loan of the Bezalel Haggadah.