Haber was born in Łódź, Poland in 1922 but emigrated in 1935. He first went to Luxembourg and then to Israel. While in Tel Aviv he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. He studied with Moshe Sternschuss. In 1949 he moved to Paris.
He was a sculptor and from the 1960s he worked with massive stone and concrete blocks. His sculptures were often used in public parks and fountains. In 1965 he worked with Yitzhak Danziger to create a sculpture at entrance to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem which was the largest sculpture ever erected in Israel. In 1988 he created his best known work, the fountain 'Le Creuset du temps' in the Place de Catalogne in Paris near his studio. In 1959 he received the Prize for sculpture of Anton Bourdelle.
- untitled bronze sculpture, 18.3 x 0 in. / 46.5 x 0 cm., 1960-1969 
- untitled carrara marble sculpture, 11.4 x 0 in. / 29 x 0 cm., 1960-1969 
- sculpture of stone and steel together with Yitzhak Danziger, Sculpture Garden, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1965
- Fontaine Littré, 4 rue Littré, Paris, 1983 (disappeared)
- Bureau, stainless steel and glass, 32.7 x 70.9 x 35.4 in. / 83 x 180 x 90 cm., 1983 
- Fontaine du Creuset-du-Temps, Place Catalogne, Paris, 1988
- "Shamai Haber". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Shamai Haber collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012.
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