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The Foundation's central project is a biennial international competition in visual arts and design, with themes related to Jewish thought and tradition. The competition, which offers a monetary prize, is open to all artists above the age of 18, from a wide variety of fields in the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, video, installation art, computer art and design (Judaica, industrial design, graphic design, jewelry, fashion, etc.).

Each competition is inaugurated by means of a daylong symposium organized in cooperation with the Hebrew University's Faculty of Humanities and The Israel Museum. The symposia examine the various themes from a variety of perspectives, which in the past have included jurisprudence, Jewish philosophy and law, science, psychology, gender studies, literature, art, architecture, and politics.

Once artists have submitted their works on a specific theme to the Foundation, they are judged by a distinguished international panel of experts from the fields of art and Jewish philosophy. The works selected as finalists are then presented to the judges and the winning entry is chosen.

Past themes have included "Borders of Sanctity" (2001), "Light and Matter" (2003) and “The I and the We” (2005).

At the end of the competition cycle, an exhibit is organized together with The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and it includes the works of the finalists, together with other relevant art works dealing with the theme of the competition.

A book is also published about each competition, bringing together scholarly texts drawn from the symposia and the works of art and design that were selected as finalists. To date the Foundation has published the books Borders of Sanctity – In Art, Society and Jewish Thought, and the book Lights – In Literature, Art and Jewish Thought.


Borders of Sanctity - 2001

Approximately 250 works were submitted to the competition.
The works offered a wide arc of commentaries on Jewish history, halakha, ritual, kabbala, gender, politics, landscape and everything connected with modern Jewish and Israeli life.

About the exhibition 'Borders of Sanctity'   About the book 'Borders of Sanctity' 

Light and Matter - 2003

“Light and Matter” was the theme chosen for the second competition of The Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design - 2003. The competition was inaugurated with a one-day symposium at The Israel Museum on May 13, 2003. The speakers – intellectuals, scientists and artists – explored the expression of light in literature, philosophy, art, world culture and Jewish culture in many varied fields: physics, psychology, the science of religion, Bible, halakha, aggada, kabbala, modern Hebrew literature, world literature, folklore, design, Jewish art and world art. The symposium was open to the general public and was well-received, with more than 1000 participants. Over 300 works were submitted to this competition, with the wide range of submissions reflecting the importance and relevance of this topic.

About the exhibition 'Lights'   About the book 'Lights' 
Program of the symposium

The I and the We - 2005

The topic of the third competition for The Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design was “The I and the We”, as an expression of Jewish tradition and thought. The Adi Foundation held a day-long symposium in The Israel Museum on “The I and the We,” on April 4, 2005 in conjunction with the museum and The Hebrew University. The speakers presented a broad range of perspectives – Judaism, art, philosophy, science, economics, social aspects and more – and the well-attended symposium was open to the general public. The Foundation presented a selection of sources (in Hebrew only) in an attempt to create and present the link between the creative and Jewish values, as well as Jewish sources that focus on the I and the We. More than 400 works were submitted by artists from Israel and abroad.

The exhibition “One and All” was held from June 8, 2007 until August 18, 2007 at The Artists' House in Jerusalem, in conjunction with The Israel Museum.

Curator of the exhibition:
Timna Seligman, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

About the exhibition 'One and All'  
Program of the symposium
Rupture and Repair - 2008

The topic of the fourth competition for The Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design is “Rupture and Repair”, as an expression of Jewish tradition and thought. The Adi Foundation held a day-long symposium at the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on “Rupture and Repair,” on June 16, 2008 in cooperation with the Israel Museum and The Hebrew University. The speakers presented a broad range of perspectives – Judaism, art, philosophy, science, law, zionism, social aspects and more – and the well-attended symposium was open to the general public.

Message to the participants of The Adi Prize Competition: during the month of March 2009 we will send a message to all the participants regarding the decision of the Judges' Meeting.

Selected Sources on the subject 'Rupture and Repair'  
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