Bezalel Grants Artist Diploma, 70 Years Late

When Bracha Avigad-Gutmann refused to leave her handmade Scroll of Esther at the Bezalel Academy in 1941, she was denied her diploma. It took seven decades and some enterprising friends to finally put it in her hands.

In 1941, Bracha Avigad-Gutmann was a student of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and was preparing her graduation project. Avigad-Gutmann, today 94 years old and living in Kiryat Tivon, wanted to create a combination of graphic arts and writing and hit upon a handmade Scroll of Esther as the ideal endeavor. She would create it in traditional tribal style, and illustrate it.