Violins of Hope, Program
Saturday, September 16 at 7:30pm
Followed by Selichot Service at 9:30pm
A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope, narrated by Academy-award winner Adrien Brody, tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. During the Holocaust, the violin assumed an extraordinary role within the Jewish community. For some, the instrument was a liberator and for others it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, the violin gave comfort in their darkest hours. They had belonged to starving Jewish refugees who carried them to the concentration camps and were forced to play during the execution of thousands of innocent people. Many of the instruments were left behind among the remnants of the concentration camps, broken and ruined.
An Israeli violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, has devoted over twenty years to finding and restoring violins of the Holocaust, as a tribute to those victims who were lost, including four hundred of his own relatives. Mr. Weinstein made it his life’s mission to find and collect as many of these violins as he could. He not only restores them, but sends them back into the world to be played by renowned musicians and orchestras around the world. Some of the violins are part of an educational program and played by high school students. This is a mission of love. But more importantly, it is a mission of defiance to those who tried to silence the music and a people.
All are welcome, no charge.