ON Media is the presenting sponsor of this free exhibition featuring 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 horrors of the Holocaust, even when their owners perished. Levin’s photographs, which will be on display at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, offer an insider’s perspective into Weinstein’s eclectic workshop and his forensic-like approach to the restoration process, and provide the backstory for other Violins of Hope Phoenix programming and events.
Daniel Levin serves as an Associate Professor in the Visual Communication and Design department of Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. Mr. Levin earned a Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Culture from Vermont College of Fine Art, and a Bachelor of Fine Art, with honors, from The Rochester Institute of Technology. Levin has been commissioned to photograph many well-known figures including Barbara and George H. Bush and Laura Bush; I.M. Pei; Mario Cuomo; Margaret Thatcher; George Foreman; Hillary Swank and John Glenn.
In 2005, Levin travelled to Israel to photograph Amnon Weinstein to capture the essence of the man, his processes and the workshop where Weinstein restores the Violins of Hope.
In 1981, The Arizona Jewish Historical Society was founded in order to preserve the rich heritage of Arizona’s Jewish communities and to educate the public about the Jewish contributions to Arizona and American life. In addition, the society seeks to promote greater awareness of our state’s diverse history through a variety of educational programs.
The society currently maintains a large archival collection with over 50,000 primary source documents, photographs, artifacts, and other memorabilia pertaining to the Jewish experience in Arizona and the American Southwest. In 2001, the AZJHS substantially expanded its activities by acquiring the home of Phoenix’s first synagogue and restoring it as the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.
We're happy to host school trips and private tours. Please call us directly to make arrangements at 602-241-7870.
Scottsdale Center for the Arts is a major collaborative partner in Violins of Hope. They are hosting our exhibition as well as concerts and education programs.
Young Arts Gallery is located inside the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. See below for hours of operation.
20-24 Violins will be on display. Their stories will be told through printed and other multi-media materials. Museum and volunteer docents will provide tours and information.
We're happy to work with schools to plan field trips to the exhibition for an interactive educational experience led by a trained docent. Tours can be booked through the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Education Department.
The Scottsdale Center provides easy access for seniors and other special groups. Private tours and viewings are available.
The exhibit is for everyone - that's why its free! Violins of Hope is not only focused on the Holocaust, but on the lessons from this time that can be applied today - tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance of religious differences.