"Literature, painting and sculpture possess the power to translate into reality all of the spiritual notions that are deeply embedded in the human soul".
-- Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook
The Ann Belsky Moranis School of Arts is devoted to this exploration of the intertwining of creative and spiritual expression. The Ann Belsky Moranis School, dedicated in memory of Ann Belsky Moranis by her loving parents Miriam and Dr. Marvin Belsky, encourages and facilitates students in using the arts as tools for personal fulfillment, spiritual expression and social comment. The ability to find one's own unique and authentic voice, so powerfully accomplished through the arts, is vital to the development of a truly spiritual personality.
Since 1996, the Ann Belsky Moranis School of Arts has integrated art studies into the
curricula of the network of Ohr Torah Stone high schools in Israel. The Shavei Rachel High School in particular offers a curriculum focusing upon communications and the arts, under the auspices of the Ann Belsky Moranis School. Concentrations in computer graphics and commercial art applications help ensure the students' future success.
To date, projects undertaken by the high schools through the Ann Belsky Moranis School of Arts have been comprehensive and innovative: The unique program "A Haggadah Happening" has brought together
students of varied
backgrounds to explore the artistic and textual elements of the Passover Haggadah,
producing their own priceless publications. Other successful projects have entailed
studying Jewish laws and traditions via the creation of ritual items and the design, and
execution and production of Rosh Hashana cards."
The School of Arts also runs a collegiate program within the framework of the Midreshet Lindenbaum women's college in Jerusalem. Coordinated by Shira Kantor, a
popular class in Art is offered to participants of the one-year overseas program on a
By combining an enlightened, humanistic approach to Jewish learning with a serious exploration of various art forms, the Ann Belsky Moranis School gives young people the tools they need to examine a painting or sculpture, to examine the values of Jewish heritage, and to examine themselves. At the same time, the Ann Belsky Moranis School of Arts provides its students with valuable
skills in the commercial arts, encouraging productive future career development.