Sparking a Religious Flame From Rural Uganda to Jerusalem and Beyond

Israeli Gabriel Bass' wood and glass carvings show how ceremonial art can help anybody find their religion.

“That’s exactly what I’m trying to capture,” Gabriel Bass says as he pulls up photos on his computer – close-ups from the Alhambra in southern Spain; the intricate patterns are the inspiration for Bass’ current work. It's a portable case for a Torah recently recovered from Syria. “I’ve been to Granada quite a few times,” he says as he traces his fingers along the whorls and spirals...