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The Cave Project

The Cave was presented by A&F at John Burroughs School, March 11-12, 2017

The Cave is a compelling multimedia presentation with video by Beryl Korot and music by Steve Reich. It features recorded interviews set to live music. Palestinians, Israelis and Americans were invited in the early 1990s to respond from their Muslim, Jewish and secular perspectives about the importance of the story of Abraham and his burial place, The Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. It is a place held sacred by Jews, Muslims and Christians.

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Alarm Will Sound, an internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, performed.

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A Pre-Event Interview on RAF-STL with Mont Levy, Chair, The Cave Project, Alan Pierson, Alarm Will Sound, Artistic Director & Conductor Gavin Chuck, Alarm Will Sound, Managing Director provides background on The Cave with some of the music.

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Programming Initiatives around The Cave

Arts & Faith also assembled faith leaders, university and seminary presidents, and other

community leaders to produce programming events before and after the performances.

Past Events:

"Discussion of the Cave Project" Salem United Methodist Church, February 19, 2017

Interfaith Discussion: "Yours, Mine and Ours: Abraham's Modern Family"

Eden Theological Seminary, February 23, 2017

Two Panel Presentations: "Understanding the Music and The Text of The Cave"

The Sheldon Concert Hall, February 28, 2017

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, March 5, 2017

Panel Discussion: "Who is This Abraham?" Fontbonne University Library, March 2, 2017

"The Cave: Common Ground" St. Louis County Library Headquarters, April 6, 2017

Join the upcoming conversations about the roots that bind us together:

"The Poet Rumi: Love is the Bridge"

Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church (USA) -- Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Panel Discussion: "Judaism, Christianity, Islam - What do they have in common?"

St. Louis Islamic Center Nur -- Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Cave Project Committee

Mont Levy,


Carolyn Losos

Arts & Faith St. Louis, Chair

Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Community Engagement, Chair

Bahar Bastani, MD

Shia Islamic Education Center

Pastor Sheila Bouie-Sledge

Salem United Methodist Church

Ellen Bremner

John Burroughs School

Lauren Brenner

Anti-Defamation League

David Brinker

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

Jean Cavender

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center

Beth Damsgaard-Rodriquez

Interfaith Quest

Gretta Forrester

Arts & Faith St. Louis

Dr. David Greenhaw

Eden Theological Seminary

Dr. Ghazala Hayat, MD

Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Leslie Heberlie

Interfaith Partnership

Rev. Dieter Heinzl, PhD

Ladue Chapel

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky

Newmark Institute for Human Relations/JCRC

Jim Kemp

First Congregational Church of St. Louis, UCC

Larry Levin

St. Louis Civic Orchestra

Stacie Lewis

St. Louis County Public Library

Louise Losos

Confluence Charter Schools

Ron Moitzfield

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Barbara Murray

Arts & Faith St. Louis

Rebecca Nathanson

JCRC Student-to-Student Program

Timothy O’Leary

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

F. Javier Orozco, OFS, PhD

Archdiocese of St. Louis

Dr. Michael Pressimone

Fontbonne University

Paul K. Reuter

Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries

Joan Silber


Iman Eldin Susa

St. Louis Islamic Center Nur