Israeli artist Henri Azaz’s abstract bronze work adorns the front of the Chicago Loop Synagogue, on S. Clark Street, above the door. Stylized hands in prayer, palms down, are featured in front of a blessing from the Bible’s Book of Numbers in both Hebrew and English: “The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make His face to shine upon thee and give thee peace.” The synagogue was built in 1958; the sculpture added in 1963.

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