"Unveiling the nexus between the beautiful and the holy - that was Adi's dream: to go beyond the boundaries of the phenomenon to its essence, to that place where these concepts are no longer disconnected, but are a reality linked together at a single point."
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Adi Dermer, née Blumberg, z"l (zichrona livracha [of blessed memory]), was born in Jerusalem on February 9, 1971 and grew up in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. After completing her military service as a guide for the Society for the Preservation of Nature in Ma'alot in the Galilee, Adi studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Adi was an artist and designer who sought to artistically express the sanctity inherent in Judaism. Adi founded a seminary for young women, the first of its kind in Israel to focus on Jewish studies, art and design.
Adi was passionate about the relationship between sanctity and beauty. Sanctity for her was the very essence of Jewish life and art was an elevated form of expression echoing this sanctity. Adi believed that if the holy is also beautiful, then beauty, in and of itself, should reflect holiness. She believed that the internal dialogue between art and Judaism could and should lead to pure artistic creation, radiant with sanctity.
Adi married Ron Dermer on August 9, 1998 and they lived in Jerusalem. Adi died on February 6, 2000 at the age of twenty-nine.
Please click on the names below to read the eulogies for Adi, from the memorial service at The Israel Museum on March 8, 2000:
Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael Steinsaltz
We feel that these words help everyone to know Adi, z"l, and contribute to the memories of Adi that we wish to preserve.