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Israel’s Council of Higher Education (CHE) named Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem the latest recipient of the CHE Shosh Berlinsky-Sheinfeld Award for Social Involvement for the 5771 (2010-2011) academic year

Jerusalem, July 12, 2012: Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem has received the third Council for Higher Education Shosh Berlinsky-Sheinfeld Award for Social Involvement – an award that comes with a NIS 50,000 gift attached.

The award, which was launched by the CHE in the 5769 (2008-2009) academic year, is awarded to institutions that have made a special contribution to the community.

“This year, the Steering Committee for Social Involvement of the Planning and Grants Committee (PGC) has chosen to present the CHE award to the Bezalel Academy, which excelled in social and communal activities in the 5771 academic year,” said Yael Siman-Tov Cohen, head of the Council’s Society, Community and Preparatory Learning Centers, in a letter addressed to Bezalel President Arnon Zuckerman.

“Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is a leading institution in the field of social involvement in recent years, and serves as an example for the important role of Academia in community involvement, at all levels and echelons of the institution,” she said.

Bezalel will be awarded a total of NIS 50,000 by the CHE Planning and Grants Committee.

“It is a tremendous honor for Bezalel and for each department involved in community outreach to be recognized in such a way,” said Prof Zuckerman. “We pride ourselves on our many programs and projects designed to help the various communities in Israel, whether religious or secular, Israeli or Arab. Our Bezalel Flowers project is one example; an initiative we believe has far-reaching results for all participants.”

“Bezalel Flowers” is an initiative that began six years ago when the Bezalel Academy opened its doors to youth from various economic environments and from different backgrounds (Jews, Arabs, religious, secular) in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Every Sunday, 110 children (from 10th to 12th grade) come to the Academy and work with Bezalel students who help them nurture their talent and develop new skills.

“The program lasts three years, during which these high-school students are introduced to the abundant offerings of the various departments at the Academy,” said Tamar Arman, head of the Social Involvement department, who also runs the program. “The fact that the participating pupils study in an academic environment constitutes a means for boosting their motivation to higher achievements in the present, and forms a bridge to higher education in the future.”

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Jewish Philanthropy, July 17th, 2012