January
21

January 21

Violins of Hope:
Friday Night Around NYC

On this Shabbat prior to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Violins of Hope all instruments that survived the Holocaust will travel across New York City. Each will grace the bima of a different synagogue, including Temple Emanu-El’s. During services its story will be told by a Holocaust survivor before being played by a professional musician.

 

Participating Synagogues: 
B’nai Jeshurun
Central Synagogue
Park Avenue Synagogue
Reform Temple of Forest Hills
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Sutton Place Synagogue
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Israel of the City of New York
Temple Shaaray Tefila

Friday, January 21 | 
6:00 pm Eastern
Free
Free

In-Person & Virtual Friday Night Services 

Violins of Hope: Friday Night Around NYC 5 - - ViolinsofHope

This program is sponsored by
the Tisch family.

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Friday, January 21 | 
6:00 pm
Free
Free

On this Shabbat prior to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Violins of Hope all instruments that survived the Holocaust will travel across New York City. Each will grace the bima of a different synagogue, including Temple Emanu-El’s. During services its story will be told by a Holocaust survivor before being played by a professional musician.

 

Participating Synagogues: 
B’nai Jeshurun
Central Synagogue
Park Avenue Synagogue
Reform Temple of Forest Hills
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Sutton Place Synagogue
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Israel of the City of New York
Temple Shaaray Tefila

In-Person & Virtual Friday Night Services 

Violins of Hope: Friday Night Around NYC 5 - - ViolinsofHope

This program is sponsored by
the Tisch family.

The Violins of Hope have traveled the world… Now they’re coming to New York City!

Friday, January 21: Friday Night Around NYC
Thursday, January 27: Opening Exhibition Reception
Thursday, March 24: The Concert

(The exhibition will run until Sunday, April 3) 

In the late 1980s, a customer entered the shop of Amnon Weinstein, a young Tel Aviv violin maker, asking for his old instrument to be restored. When Weinstein opened the case, he found ashes coating the bow: The customer had survived Auschwitz because the Germans had assigned him to the death camp orchestra that played as prisoners were herded from cattle cars to gas chambers. The man hadn’t played it since.

Weinstein was thunderstruck. Hundreds of his own relatives — grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins — had died in the Holocaust. To handle one of those instruments was too much. “I could not. I could not,” he says.

Finally, he did . . . and then began restoring other violins that survived:

  • One carried out of Dachau when its owner was liberated.
  • Another thrown from a death train by a French musician crying out, “Where I’m headed, I won’t need this.”
  • The Brender instrument that traveled with a Romanian prodigy through a hard labor camp and then into woods, where he fought with Jewish partisans.
  • Several belonged to musicians who smuggled them out of Germany when they escaped and ultimately played them in the Palestine Orchestra.

Over the past two decades, dozens of these extraordinary instruments that embody the harshest moments in Jewish history have been refurbished, restrung and brought back to life by Amnon and his son Avshalom. They tell a tale of torment and endurance, of the power of music and the importance of memory. They are our Jewish story.

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