• Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
  • 2121 Allston Way
  • Berkeley, California
  • Time:
    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Phone: 510-643-2526
Aug 27 2019
recurring event

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem (1906-1932)

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire.


Living and working in the city, in close proximity, were, among others, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858-1922), a former rabbinical student from Belarus attempting to revive a spoken Hebrew language; Abraham Zvi Idelsohn (1882-1938), a cantor from Latvia, documenting and revitalizing Jewish musical traditions; and Boris Schatz (1866-1932), an artist born into an orthodox Jewish family from Lithuania looking to create a unique Jewish artistic style in Palestine.

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