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.
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.