In an effort to give a voice to those lost during those darkest of days in our history – the Holocaust – the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, in partnership with over 50 Arizona nonprofits, schools and businesses, is proud to present Violins of Hope.
Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Today, these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce lessons of tolerance, inclusion and diversity.
Given all that is happening in our world today, this program could not have come at a better time.
– Julee Landau Shahon and Rachel Hoffer, Violins of Hope Phoenix
According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose 57 percent compared to 2016. This is the largest single-year increase on record and the second-highest number reported since the ADL started tracking such data in 1979.
This incredible program will be the largest collaborative project ever undertaken in Greater Phoenix, with Jewish and non-Jewish community organizations partnering in celebrating music, education, history and culture. A full list of February events is here.
Among the most anticipated events are:
• Feb. 16: Who Will Carry the Word
• Feb. 17: From Silence to Sound: BJE Passages Lecture and Recital
• Feb. 20: American Songbook featuring the Violins of Hope
• Feb. 23 and 24: Arizona Musicfest Opening Concert with Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham
• Feb. 26 to Mar. 24: Violins of Hope Exhibition at Scottsdale Center for the Arts
• Feb. 26: A Silenced Legacy, Arizona Musicfest Chamber Concert
• Feb. 27: Bureau of Jewish Education Holocaust Educators Conference