The Haredi Branch
אמן - השלוחה החרדית
The Haredi Branch is an integral part of Bezalel Academy which offers various degree programs for Haredi women, including a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), a Bachelor’s of Architecture (B.Arch) and a Bachelor’s of Visual Communication (B.Des).
Based in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem, Bezalel’s Haredi Branch is the only place in the world where Haredi women can receive a higher education in art and design without altering their lifestyles or sacrificing their values. At the Haredi branch, these women are free to pursue new career avenues in a setting that is designed with their well-being in mind.
The Branch strives to be open and accommodating of the students’ way of life, while continuing to provide the quality education and excellence Bezalel is renowned for. Bezalel’s foremost goal is to nurture and promote our students’ talents and abilities, helping mold them into future leaders and trailblazers in their respective fields. Like all students of Bezalel, students at the Haredi Branch are given the opportunity to develop their skills and hone their talents, so when they graduate, they can take their place in the worlds of art, architecture, and design.
The instructors at the Haredi Branch are the same instructors as in the rest of the Academy, and the curriculum is as comprehensive and well-rounded. Students who graduate from Bezalel’s Haredi Branch emerge with the same well-developed and varied skillset as all Bezalel students, except that their studies have taken place in an environment suitable to their own needs.
Bezalel has always emphasized that artists and designers should make a positive impact on their communities and environment. The Haredi Branch is emblematic of this - its students emerge with the ability to create works that directly benefit their local communities, understanding and responding to their specific needs.
The Academy strives to represent the full range of cultural groups which make up Israeli society and the Haredi Branch is key to this mission; it contributes to the diversity of our student body, while helping broaden the perspectives and attributes of the work created within the Academy, enriching all our lives in the process.
Link to the Haredi Branch Website (Hebrew)