The Cave Project

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.  

The Cave has an inspirational message that promotes interfaith understanding and goodwill.

St. Louis Performances March 11-12, 2017 

Arts & Faith St. Louis, in collaboration with John Burroughs School will present two

performances of The Cave at Burroughs on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8 PM and

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2 PM 

Alarm Will Sound, an internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, will perform. 

People of all faiths and backgrounds will experience this piece together.  Click to learn more.

Programming Initiatives

Arts & Faith has assembled a remarkable group of faith leaders, university and seminary

presidents and other community leaders to produce programming before the performances, at

the performances and importantly on an ongoing basis following the performances.

The Cave Project

This is an opportunity to shine a light on St. Louis at its best and provide a forum for common

understanding around issues that desperately need to  be heard and discussed. It promises to

be an event that illuminates, bridges divides, and serves as a catalyst for an important

community conversation.

Please join the conversations about the roots that bind us together:

"Discussion of the Cave Project" 

Salem United Methodist Church --  Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM

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

Eden Theological Seminary -- Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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

The Sheldon Concert Hall -- Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 to 8:30 PM

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis -- Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: "Who is This Abraham?"

Fontbonne University Library, Lewis Room -- Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM

"The Cave: Common Ground"  

St. Louis County Library Headquarters -- Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

"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

Ticket Sales

Tickets are available through MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or

$30 Orchestra / $25 Balcony / $10 Students

20% discount off regular Orchestra and Balcony prices for groups of 10 or more.

For more information contact Barbara Murray at [email protected]

The Cave Project Committee

Mont Levy, Chair

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

Wray Clay
United Way

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