Ludwig Wolpert



Ludwig Wolpert (1896- 1981)  is the father of modern Judaica design. No one has had more influence on 20th Century Jewish design than Ludwig Wolpert. He was born in Germany, studied at Bauhaus in Berlin, then immigrated to Israel in 1933. He taught in the Bezalel Academy of Art until 1956 when he moved to New York city to head the Tobe Pascher workshop at the Jewish Museum. He designed a number of mezuzahs (check the online collection of the Jewish museum in New York City). Wolpert’s colleagues include David Gumbel, Moshe Zabari and his daughter Chava Wolpert Richards.

In 2012 – 2013 the Israel Museum held an exhibition of Wolpert and Gumbel’s works called Forging Ahead. Here is the link: https://www.imj.org.il/en/exhibitions/forging-ahead. The exhibition catalog is available for sale online.

Wolpert mezuzahs can be found at auction. Check the Appel, Greenstein and Kedem auction catalogs for listings.