Artist's Biography
1935
Born, Jerusalem, Israel
1953-1955
Served in the Israeli army
1955-1958 Education
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
1961 - 1988
Invited by the Jewish Museum, New York as artist-in-residence at Tobe Pascher Workshop
1981-1988
Director, Tobe Pascher Workshop
1988
Returned to Israel
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In my work I try to link my contemporary art with that of the past in order to develop continuity with past generations. Sometimes this is reflected in a design element, or a quotation, or a repeat of a line that gives the sense or the atmosphere or the feeling of the Jewish past. At the same time it is always clear to me that the pieces have to be functional for ritual purposes.
Some of my works are not of the type widely in use or commonly produced by other artists, such as a brit mila set, muktza box or a pidyon haben tray. I created these for the very reason that Jews crafted and used such items a hundred or more years ago and I did not want to break with those traditions.
Another challenge is to create new works based on parameters and requirements that I set for myself, not those requested by the client or demanded by commercial considerations. Another aspect that I try to incorporate in my work is the interpretation of biblical and midrashic elements.
This is expressed particularly in the sculptures that I create, as well in some of the ceremonial objects.



Exhibitions

1960
Forms from Israel, Department of Commerce, Munich, Germany
1962
Young Americans. Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1967
Recent Acquisitions. Museum of Modern Art. N.Y.
1968-1969
Contemporary Ceremonial Art from the Tobe Pascher Workshop;
1968-1969

Traveled to the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; "Y" Jewish Center, Philadelphia; Maurice Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago
1969
Sixth Biennial National Religious Art Exhibition, Cranbrook
Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1972
Judaica, Temple Sholom, Greenwich, Conn.
1975
Judaica Now, Y M-YMHA, West Orange, NJ
1978
Judaica Lights, The Jewish Museum, New York
1982
Torah Ornaments by Moshe Zabari,
The Jewish Museum, New York

1985
Nerot Mitzvah, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1985
Wine: Celebration and Ceremony,
The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York
1986-1987
Moshe Zabari; A Twenty-Five year Retrospective at The Jewish Museum, New York Skirball Museum, Los Angeles; The Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
1989
Ceremonial Objects, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1998
Homecoming to the Holy Land: New Works by Moshe Zabari, The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles,CA; Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

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Awards
1958
Sooneborn Prize, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel 1959
First Prize, International Competition for Yad Veshem Institute, Jerusalem
1969
First Prize, Sixth Biennial National Religious Art Exhibition, Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1981
Citation of Merit, The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association [Outdoor Sculpture for the Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles]

1990
Israel Museum, Jesselson Judaica Prize
2000
Biran Volunteer of the Year Award, SPNI, Jerusalem

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Teaching

1956-1957
Instructor, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
1961-1988
The Tobe Pascher Workshop, The Jewish Museum, New York

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Commissions: architectural

1974
Wall of History, Y M-YWHA, Essex County, NJ
1977
Wall Sculpture, Memorial for the Six Million, Beth Meir Synagogue, Raleigh N.C.
1977
Torah Ark, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
1978
Memorial Sculpture, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
1979
Torah Ark Doors, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
1981
Sculpture for Outdoor Synagogue, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
1982
Exterior Facade, Sephardic Community Center, Brooklyn, NY
1983
Torah Center, Camp Ramah, the Berkshires, N.Y.
1985
Honorial Wall: Tree of Life, Beth Am Temple, Pearl River, NY
1990-1991
Ark and Bima, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC
1998
Ark, Bima, and Menorahs, Temple Sholom, Greenwich,Conn.

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Commissions-Ceremonial Art

1962-1966
Ceremonial Art Collection: Gift of Abram and Frances Collection to the Jewish Museum , New York
1967-1974
Ceremonial Art Collection: Gift of the Albert A. List family to the Jewish Museum, New York
1973
Torah Mantle: for rescued Torah scroll in memory of the Six Million, Jericho Jewish Center, Jericho, New York
1978
Judaica Lights, in memory of Naomi and Eve Routtenberg,The Jewish Museum, New York
1982
Sfirot: Ten Sets of Torah Ornaments. Temple Sinai, Roslyn, New York
1985
Nerot Mitzvah, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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Commissions-Museum Installations
1970
Hanukkah Lamps: Reflections of an Age, The Jewish Museum, New York
1971
Passover: A Rite of Spring,The Jewish Museum, N.Y.
1971
National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Pittsburgh, Penn.
1972
Look/Listen/Touch, The Jewish Museum, New York
1974
A Walk Through the Past, Hebrew Union College, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles
1975
Magic and Superstition in Jewish Tradition, The Jewish Museum, New York
1975
Bergrasse 19: The Office and Antiques of Dr. Sigmund Freud, The Jewish Museum, N.Y.
1976
Continuity and Change: Bicentennial Celebration of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation, Philadelphia, Penn.
1976
The Book and the Spade: Archaeology and the Bible, The Jewish Museum New York
1976
Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert: A Retrospective, the Jewish Museum ,N.Y.
1982
Design of Judaica Museum, The Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, New York
1985
Rotating Exhibition Module, The Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, New York
1990
Installation Design, Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, Israel


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Selected Bibliography

Berman, Nancy. Moshe Zabari: A Twenty- Five Year Retrospective New York: The Jewish Museum and Los Angeles: the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum, 1986

Encyclopedia Judaica 1971 ed. " The Sabbath," vol. 14, col.568

Encyclopedia Judaica, Yearbook Edition 1975-76. " The Jewish Museum, New York," opp. p.428, pl. 7.

Furman,Jacobo. Treasures of Jewish Art and Religious Observance.
New York: Harry Abrams, 1968

Kanof, Abraham. Jewish Ceremonial Art and Religious Observance.
New York: Harry Abrams. 1968

North Carolina Museum of Art: Introduction to the Collections. Raleigh, NC: The North Carolina Museum of Art, Revised edition, 1992

Seidman, Hillel. The Glory of the Jewish Holidays. NY: Shengold Publishers, Inc., 1968.

Siegel, Richard, Michael Strassfeld and Sharon Strassfeld.
The Jewish Catalog.
Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1973

Vivian B. Mann, Norman L. Kleeblatt.Treasures of The Jewish Museum. The Jewish Mueseum New York. Universe Books N.Y-1986

Nerot Mitzvah: Contemporary Ideas for Light in Jewish Ritual. Jerusalem, Israel: The Israel Museum, 1986

Zedaka: Judische Sozialarbeit im Wandel der Zeit. Judisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main und Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Juden in Deutschland e.V., 1992

Berman, Nancy M. The Art of Chanukkah. Southport,CT: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 1996

Furman,Jacobo. Treasures of Jewish Art and Religious Observance. New York: Harry Abrams, 1997

Center for Jewish Art-The Hebrew University Jerusalem, Ingathering of the Nations. Jerusalem-1998

Weber, Vicki L. Tradition: Celebration and Ritual in Jewish Life.
Southport, CT.: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 2000

Hamazkirut Hapedagogit, Department of Education. Chanukiot - Or Veclee.
Jerusalem: The Israel Department of Education,p.82

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Affiliations


Board Member, Judaica Museum, Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, New York

Board Member, Friends of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Board Member, Biannual Judaica Fair, Israel

Board Member, Society of Protection of Nature in Israel

Chairman, Guardians of the Jerusalem Forest



Selected Public Collections

The Jewish Museum, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

HUC Skirball Cultural Center and Museum, Los Angeles

B'nai B'rith Klutznik Museum, Washington, D.C.

Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C.

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota

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