Student Education Programs


We will offer a variety of education programs for students in grades 6-12 at performing arts centers and school campuses throughout the Valley. 


Chandler Center for the Arts, February 25, 2019, 10AM. To book reservations, please call 480-782-2680

Scottsdale Center  for the Arts Programs: March 4-5, 2019 , 11AM for reservations please call 480-499-8587 and ask for the Education Department

The Violins of Hope matinees combine music, story-telling and multi-media to teach students about the Holocaust and more broadly about the importance of recognizing and accepting people of all races, ethnicities, and religions. Featuring guest speakers and professional musicians playing the Violins of Hope, students will connect with this important period in history and will learn relevant lessons that apply to their world today. 

Programs are offered during the school day and can accommodate between 850 to 1,000 students and teachers per session. Reservations are required.  


 In-School Programs

We will work with schools around the Valley to bring the Violins of Hope to students on campus. The on-campus program features Avshi Weinstein telling the stories of the Violin and musicians to play the Violins so that students have a integrated learning experience. For more information please email:

free busing


How to Get Free Busing for Field Trips

We have funding to provide free busing for schools to take field trips to the Violins of Hope Exhibition at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and/or to the photography exhibition, "Amnon Weinstein, the Man Behind the Music," at Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

If you are interested in or are requesting reimbursement for busing, please send an email to: info@violinsofhopephoenix and include the following:

  1. Name of School and Teacher(s)
  2. Date of your field trip
  3. Which exhibition you would like to visit  - Violins of Hope at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts or photography exhibition at Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center (see below for descriptions)
  4. Number of students attending
  5. Cost of busing

Upon approval of your request, you will be asked for an invoice as well as where payment should be made (direct to bus company or reimbursement to your school/district).



Violins of Hope Exhibition, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Violins of Hope is a multi-sensory exhibition debuting Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the Young @Art Gallery in the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and running through Sun March 24, 2019. The free exhibit will showcase 20-24 Violins of Hope and their stories. 

Visitors will be able to view the Violins of Hope in person and learn the remarkable stories behind these instruments that Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein restored over the last 20 years. People brought these violins to Weinstein from all over the world and shared their personal stories with him. Through Violins of Hope, Weinstein shares these stories as a way to pay tribute to those lost, teach important messages from the Holocaust that apply to our world today and illustrate the power of music and the strength of the human spirit.

Docents will be available to discuss and explore the exhibit. Schools and other groups are welcome to schedule a guided tour.


Plan a Field Trip

Reserve your place today! To book a field trip to the Violins of Hope Exhibition, click the button below.

Click here to Schedule a field Trip

Amnon Weinstein: The Man Behind the Music, Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

Photographer  Daniel Levin documents Amnon Weinstein's  lifelong mission to preserve violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.

The exhibition features 75 large-scale prints that detail the work of master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, the man behind the Violins of Hope project.  Students will take a tour through history and learn important lessons as told through each violin's story.

Levin—an associate professor of photography at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)—traveled to Israel in early 2015 to capture intimate images of Weinstein and his work, which conveys a story of endurance and resilience through the power of music.

Exhibition is open: February 4, 2019 through March 24, 2019

Plan a Field Trip

Field trips are available for schools and other special groups.

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free teacher training


Annual Conference for Holocaust Educators

The Bureau of Jewish Education will host its annual conference for Holocaust Educators at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts on February 27, 2019 from 5 to 9PM. Amnon Weinstein, the violinmaker, and Avshi, his son, will be present  and share stories with you at this event. Teachers will be given resources to help plan curriculum and take a private tour of the Violins of Hope Exhibit.

Every year the BJE devotes a day for teachers in Arizona schools to explore the Holocaust and its lessons for today and beyond. Over the years, hundreds of educators became informed and inspired to teach the Holocaust in their classrooms. Through the lessons of the Holocaust, your students will begin to understand how silence, indifference to suffering, hatred of the other and abuse of power can lead to genocide.

Register Today!

BJE 2019 Holocaust Educator's Conference Brochure

Helpful Links

United States Holocaust Museum

Find out more about the Holocaust