Ben Ari Berman
Born, lives and works
Graduate of Achei Tmimim Chabad Yeshiva,
Tel Aviv, and of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
At the Academy he studied under David Gumbel and Ludwig Wolpert, acting
also as their assistant. After graduation he worked together with Ludwig
Wolpert for a number of years, both in instruction and creative work.
When Wolpert left Bezalel, Berman was offered his position and
introduced a new and modern era in the Department of Silverware and
Judaica Design, which he directed for the next ten years.
In addition Berman engaged in industrial design such as “Silver Flow”, a
set of silver flatware for the prestigious European Rosenthal Studio
Silver Flow Flatware.
He was awarded the top prize at the international design competition for
sterling silver flatware organized by the American Crafts Council
sponsored by the International Silver Company,
Top Prize winning
and in graphic design such as a poster for
the 25th Zionist Congress, which won first prize.
Parallel to these activities, since 1953 when he started his own
studio in Jerusalem, Berman has devoted himself to Judaica with his own
special approach, opening up new ways, in which many artists followed
His ideas are deeply rooted in Jewish
tradition and its sources, and in the application of his ideas he does
not allow any compromise in the perfection of the design and execution,
never deviating from the ultimate function of the object. Thus, his work
preserves meticulously the interaction of idea and its purpose with
unfettered and advanced ways of execution.
This was first demonstrated in the Torah
Ornaments “Jacob’s Ladder”, the first Torah Crown that merged idea and
function and was designed and made in a new and original manner already
An example of the use of advanced technology in the application
of an idea in a massage bearing Eternal Light is “With All Thine Heart”,
specially designed and made for the 1985 Nerot Mitzvah Exhibition at the
It is made of six programmed laser beams that form continuously the Star
of David in the rhythm of the heart bit, and is based on the idea of the
copper serpent in the Wilderness as thought in the Mishnah, – Judaica
linking the ancient with the modern