An effort to build a harmonious St. Louis

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. 

Click for the program.

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. 

Click here to listen.

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, 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

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