5 works by Israeli artists that reinvent the seder plate
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5 works by Israeli artists that reinvent the seder plate

Drawing inspiration from Jerusalem, nature, former students at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design redesign traditional platter

Avi Pashnov, 2017. (Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design via JTA)
Avi Pashnov, 2017. (Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design via JTA)

JTA — The Torah commands Jews to share the story of their exodus from Egypt every year at Passover. Though the narrative doesn’t change, that doesn’t mean the Passover table has to look the same each year. These innovative designs, made by former students at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, put unique twists on the traditional seder plate, on which six symbolic foods — a green vegetable, a sweet fruit paste, two types of bitter herb, a shank bone and an egg — are placed to facilitate the telling of the Passover story.

An all-in-one seder plate and Elijah’s cup

This piece combines the traditional seder plate with another Passover symbol: Elijah’s cup. At the end of the seder, families open the door to their home in a symbolic gesture to welcome the prophet, and a cup of wine is kept filled should he choose to drop by.

Yoav Ben-David, 1974. (Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design via JTA)

The deconstructed seder plate

Uri Reshef has designed a separate container, made of laser-cut metal strips, for each item. In effect, it turns the entire table into a seder plate.

Uri Reshef, 1983. (Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design via JTA)

A plate inspired by Jerusalem

Sari Srulovitch drew inspiration from the materials and shapes that make up Jerusalem. The plate is made of stones and iron common in the city and each of the six small plates forms an octagonal star, an Islamic motif that occurs often in the city’s architecture.

Sari Srulovitch, 1996. (Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design via JTA)

A blooming Passover plate

The plate’s flower shape and patterns commemorate the fact that Passover is also referred to in Hebrew as “the holiday of the spring.” Amir also chose the flower shape to symbolize prosperity.

Efrat Amir, 2005. (Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design via JTA)

A pyramid-inspired seder plate

The artist was inspired by Egypt’s pyramids in both designing the plate and the Elijah’s cup, which are attached to each other. The triangular dishes also form a Star of David.

Avi Pashnov, 2017. (Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design via JTA)
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