Author(s): Ray Hemachandra
From mezuzahs to menorahs, these outstanding Jewish ceremonial and ritual objects make a beautiful new addition to the celebrated "500" series. Contemporary in style and lovingly handcrafted, they come from North America, Europe and Israel and demonstrate the diversity of Judaism. The artworks include tzedakah boxes, ketubahs, tallits, Shabbat candlesticks, havdalah sets, Kiddush cups, Torah pointers, kippahs, Seder plates and dreidels.
Juror Daniel Belasco is Henry J. Leir Assistant Curator at The Jewish Museum in New York. He organised the exhibitions Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life (and authored its catalogue, Reinventing Ritual) and Art, Image, and Warhol Connections. Belasco has written for Art in American and ARTnews and is a former staff writer for The Jewish Week.