Leonid Saharovici

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MEMPHIS (November 15, 2007) - World renown Israeli sculptor Daniel Kafri will lead a symposium at the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art Sunday, November 25 at 2 p.m. to discuss his portrayal of Biblical tales reflected in his bas relief works, including those currently on display at the Belz Museum.

Joining Kafri will be a distinguished group of panelists with extensive experience in Judaic studies.  Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, Chief Rabbi of the Baron Hirsch Congregation, will discuss the Adam and Eve Relief; Dr. David Patterson, Bornblum Judaic Studies Chair of Excellence, will discuss the Relief of Abraham and the Three Angels; Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, will discuss the Akeda - Sacrifice of Isaac Relief. Dr. Gill Perl, Dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy-Feinstone Yeshiva, will discuss Cain and Abel.

“It gives me great pleasure to have the distinguished artist and my longtime friend Daniel here to provide insight on the emotion expressed in his works,” Belz Enterprises CEO Jack Belz said.

            The symposium, entitled From Adam to Abraham – A Symposium on the Illumination of the Biblical tales reflected in the bas reliefs of Daniel Kafri, is free to the public.

            “Our panel will enlighten attendees on the historical significance of the Biblical stories reflected in Kafri’s reliefs,” noted event chairman and moderator Leonid Saharovici. 

The symposium is a collaborative effort between the Bornblum Judaic Studies of the University of Memphis and the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. 

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