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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.
Forms from Israel, Department of Commerce, Munich, Germany
Young Americans. Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Recent Acquisitions. Museum of Modern Art. N.Y.
Contemporary Ceremonial Art from the Tobe Pascher Workshop;
Traveled to the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; "Y" Jewish Center, Philadelphia; Maurice Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago
Sixth Biennial National Religious Art Exhibition, Cranbrook
Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Judaica, Temple Sholom, Greenwich, Conn.
Judaica Now, Y M-YMHA, West Orange, NJ
Judaica Lights, The Jewish Museum, New York
Torah Ornaments by Moshe Zabari,
The Jewish Museum, New York
Nerot Mitzvah, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Wine: Celebration and Ceremony,
The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York
Moshe Zabari; A Twenty-Five year Retrospective at The Jewish Museum, New York Skirball Museum, Los Angeles; The Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
Ceremonial Objects, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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
Sooneborn Prize, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel 1959
First Prize, International Competition for Yad Veshem Institute, Jerusalem
First Prize, Sixth Biennial National Religious Art Exhibition, Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Citation of Merit, The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association [Outdoor Sculpture for the Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles]
Israel Museum, Jesselson Judaica Prize
Biran Volunteer of the Year Award, SPNI, Jerusalem
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Instructor, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
The Tobe Pascher Workshop, The Jewish Museum, New York
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Wall of History, Y M-YWHA, Essex County, NJ
Wall Sculpture, Memorial for the Six Million, Beth Meir Synagogue, Raleigh N.C.
Torah Ark, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Memorial Sculpture, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Torah Ark Doors, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Sculpture for Outdoor Synagogue, Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Exterior Facade, Sephardic Community Center, Brooklyn, NY
Torah Center, Camp Ramah, the Berkshires, N.Y.
Honorial Wall: Tree of Life, Beth Am Temple, Pearl River, NY
Ark and Bima, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC
Ark, Bima, and Menorahs, Temple Sholom, Greenwich,Conn.
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
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