Gad Almaliah z’l was born and raised in Jerusalem. He graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
The Mexican government sponsored Gad for two years to work with local artists at the University of Mexico. He was president of the Graphic Designers’ Association of Israel for 15 years.
In addition to designing stamps for the postal services of Israel, the United States and Mexico, Gad designed numerous posters and published several books on design. He designed coins and medals for the Israeli Government and created the emblem for the Six Day War.
He taught design on the university level in Israel and Canada in addition to serving on the faculties of School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Gad passed away in January of 2007. His wife, Joan Almaliah, continues to produce his Judaica designs, including embossed metal ketubot at The Design Lab in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jewish tradition recognizes and encourages the addition of an aesthetic dimension to ceremonial objects. Hiddur Mitzvah means making an effort to acquire the most beautiful ceremonial objects possible in order to enrich the religious observance with aesthetic dimension.
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