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Violins of Hope Book Talks



Join us for a discussion, video on the Holocaust and the Violins of Hope book.

Feb. 7, 7PM| Arizona Jewish Historical Society

Feb. 13, 6:30PM| Congregation Beth Tfillah (NEW DATE)

Feb. 19, 1-2:30| ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) 

Feb. 27,  1-2:30|  ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), West Valley

February 10, 2019 - Limmud Day of Jewish Life and Learning


Limmud offers a one-day program filled with a variety of sessions that participants choose based on their interests. This year's program will feature a session on the Violins of Hope and the Holocaust.

Location: ASU Conference Center at Memorial Union

Time: 9AM to 4PM

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Arizona School for the Arts Student Concert - February 26, 2019 - NO RESERVED SEATS AVAILABLE


Students from the Arizona School for the Arts present an original performance of music and spoken word inspired by the Violins of Hope stories. The ASA Chamber Orchestra will be the featured performers, with select students performing on the Violins of Hope.  

Location: Arizona Opera, Roma and Raymond Whittcoff Black Box Theatre, 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Time: 6:30 PM


Violins of Hope - February 2019 events

February 3 to March 26 - "Amnon Weinsten, The Man Behind the Music," Photography Exhibit - FREE



Photographer Daniel Levin travelled to Israel to capture intimate images of  Amnon Weinstein, the man behind Violins of Hope, as he lovingly restores and gives new voice to these stringed instruments that survived the Holocaust, even when their owners perished.

School Field trips and special groups tours are welcome and can be arranged through the museum.

Location: Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center Exhibit Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30AM-4:30PM

February 5 - Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust, PBS Documentary


Narrated by Adrien Brody ("The Pianist" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel"), "Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust" follows the journey of Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein in his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust, and captures the lessons and highlights the music the instruments now bring to others.

Location: Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

Time: 7PM

Free event 

February 16 - "Who Will Carry the Word"


“Who Will Carry the Word” is a deeply moving recount of French writer Charlotte Delbo’s survival during the Holocaust. The play depicts the atrocities during this unfathomable time in history, painting an emotionally raw picture of enduring the unimaginable. With special guest appearance by Amnon Weinstein.

Location: Ethington Theatre, Grand Canyon University

Time: 7:30PM

February 17 - BJE Passages Event: " From Silence to Sound"


Amnon and Avshi Weinstein will illuminate the story of these incredible instruments that were silenced by the Holocaust. The voices and spirits of the violinists who perished live on through their violins that have been lovingly restored by the Weinsteins. This PASSAGES presentation will also include a musical performance.

Location: Temple Chai 

Time: 7:30PM

February 19 - Defiance Through Art performed by the Arizona Opera - FREE


Operatic selections from including Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis) and an original piece, A Beautiful Place, by Craig Bohmer. Featuring the story of the Bielski Family as told by Assiela Bielski Weinstein.

Location: Heard Museum

Time: 7:30PM

Free Event; Registration Required

February 20 - American Songbook


Concert featuring pianist Elizabeth Pridonoff and violinist Steven Moeckel playing a selection of music including Copeland, Gershwin, Bloc and Shoenfield.

Location: Phoenix Art Museum

Time: 6-8PM

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Saturday, February 23, 8PM - Opening Concert - SOLD OUT


Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra featuring Gil Shaham and the Violins of Hope. 

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale. 

Time: 8PM

Sunday, February 24 - Opening Concert - SOLD OUT


Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra featuring Gil Shaham and the Violins of Hope. 

Location:  La Casa de Cristo Church, 6333 East Bell Road, Scottsdale.

Pre-concert chat with Amnon and Avshi Weinstein begins at 2PM. All are welcome!

Concert starts at 3PM

February 25 - Symphony of Songs presented by Jewish University of Scottsdale


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche presents stories of four local survivors, their songs and the Violins of Hope. With special guests, the Weinstein family.

Location: Congregation Beth Tefillah

Time: 7PM

Tickets are $10; pay at the door

February 26 - Violins of Hope Exhibition Opens - FREE


The Violins of Hope exhibit opens at the Young Arts Gallery, Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Free admission. All are welcome!

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Exhibit Hours: 

Monday to Saturday: 10AM to 5PM

Sunday: 12 to 5PM

February 26 - AZ Musicfest Chamber Concert: A Silenced Legacy


Chamber concert featuring musicians of the Festival Orchestra with personal connections to the music and musicians of the Holocaust.  Through performance and personal reflection, this concert will commemorate the legacies of those who perished and those who survived…through music.

Location: Temple Chai

Time: 7:30PM

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February 27- BJE Holocaust Educators Conference - FREE


Bureau of Jewish Education will host its annual conference for Holocaust Educators.

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

Time: 5 to 9PM


violins of Hope - March 2019 Events

March 3- Stories and Music of Hope presented by Rosie’s House - FREE


A community concert featuring performances by Rosie’s House students and Downtown Chamber Society musicians playing the Violins of Hope. Moderated by Carlos Galindo-Elvira, Arizona Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Location: United Methodist Church, Phoenix

Time: 3PM

Free Event: Registration Required

To Register: Click link below or call 602-252-8475 or email

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March 5 - Lecture and Book Signing with author James A. Grymes -FREE


Internationally renowned musicologist James A. Grymes will discuss his book, "Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour." It has been hailed as “one of the most moving chronicles in the history of Western music” and has won a National Jewish Book Award.

Location: Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

Time:  7PM

Free Event; Registration Required

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March 6 - Smile on Seniors Lunch and Learn


Lecture by Author James A. Grymes and recital featuring the Violins of Hope. 

Location: Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

Time: 12 to 2PM

Registration Required: 602-492-7670 or

March 9 - Violins of Hope Celebrates Jewish Broadway and Film


Cantor Baruch sings with a string quartet with selected Violins of Hope stories.


Location: Temple Beth Shalom, Sun City

Time: 8PM

Ticketed Event

For More Information, please call: 623-977-3240

March 11 - "Lost Art of the Holocaust" - FREE


ASU's School of Jewish Studies will present a lecture/panel focused on the lost art of the Holocaust. Moderated by Hava Samuelson, Dean of ASU's School of Jewish Studies. Speakers are ASU professors Sabine Feisst, Daniel Gilfillan and Volker Benkert.

Location:  Arizona Jewish Historical Society

Time:  7PM

Free Event, Registration Required

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March 13 - "Lost Music of the Holocaust" -SOLD OUT!


Even the horrors of the Holocaust could not suppress artistic inspiration. Professor Sabine Feisst from ASU's School of Music hosts a lecture/recital featuring lost music of the Holocaust. With Dr. Alexandra Birch playing a Violin of Hope and Dani Schreibmann on piano.

Location: Kerr Cultural Center

Time: 7PM

Free Event, Registration Required

March 19 - Tribute Concert Honoring Holocaust Survivors and Those Who Perished


Violins of Hope pays tribute to survivors, their families and those who were lost during the Holocaust. Featuring the Red Rocks Music String Orchestra with violinists Gil Sharon and David Ehrlich, Teresa Ehrlich, pianist and clarinetist Nikola Djurica. With special guests Lin Sue Cooney and the Weinstein family.

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Time: 7:30PM

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March 20 - Creating a Connection through Music, presented by Gesher Disability Resources - FREE


Lecture and interactive recital for people with special needs featuring the Violins of Hope and the Weinstein family.

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Time: 10AM

Free Event, Registration Required: Please email

March 20 - Kurt Klein: A Liberator's Story -FREE


Lecture and concert honoring Kurt Klein and all war veterans including music selections performed with the Violins of Hope.


Location:  Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Time:  2PM

Registration Required

To register, call 602-338-2214

March 23 and 24 - Shalom, Shanghai!


World-renowned Chinese American violinist, Xiang Gao, in partnership with Violins of Hope, presents a theatrical concert telling true stories of Jewish musician refuges in Shanghai during the Holocaust. 

Location: Arizona Science Center, Planetarium

Saturday, March 23, 8PM; Dessert reception following the concert; All are welcome.

Sunday, March 24, 6PM

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March 24 -Echoes from Theresienstadt


The Arizona Opera will perform selections from Brundibar, a children’s opera originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt and the Phoenix Boys Choir will perform I Never Saw Another Butterfly, poetry set to music, with a Violins of Hope finale.

Location: Memorial Hall at Indian Steele Park

Time: 2PM

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