Last Tuesday at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, The Friends of Bezalel Gala hosted a glamorous fete with some of New York’s most influential individuals along with a couple of surprise celebrities including, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
The winner of the first Deane and Paul Shatz Prize for an Outstanding Project in the Field of Community Involvement is Yotam Kellner, a student in the academy’s Department of Visual Communications, for his fourth-year work in 2010/2011. Throughout his studies, Kellner created many works to raise awareness and tackle social issues in Israel, such as racism, discrimination and social injustice stemming from the cost of living. His end-of-year project dealt with raising awareness of the day-to-day effects of racism on job opportunities, housing and other social opportunities.
Guests enjoyed a lavish, over-the-top cocktail reception including, scrumptious Kosher sushi, delectable hors d’oeuvre’s along with tasty refreshments.
Afterwards, there was a brief and entertaining animation short film followed by an Sotheby’s auctioneer raising significant funds for Bezalel.
Just before dinner, an introduction on how to create Claymation was given and yours truly tried to form a duck or penguin type of creature.
Overall, it was a posh, yet warm and friendly fundraiser and a very worthwhile cause.
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Kellner’s social involvement was not limited to his studies at Bezalel, and he played a very important