Violins of Hope: A Yom HaShoah Program

April 17, 2023, 7:00 pm

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“Wherever There Was Music, There Was Hope.” 

Join us for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day (17 April 2023) when we remember those who were murdered in the Holocaust by performing music composed by those who perished, played on the Violins of Hope—instruments rescued from the ashes of the Holocaust. 

Weaving together music, storytelling, and education, we bring to life the memory of the creative lives cut short as a way of honoring those who perished. The Violins of Hope, instruments played by Jewish musicians before and during their internment in the concentration camps, have been recovered and painstakingly restored: enabling us to add sweetness, light, and hope to the bitterness of loss.  

Our ability to gather together in remembrance and celebration carries forward the message of the Violins of Hope: Life is good.  We are blessed in our ability to remember those who perished—may their memory and their music be for a blessing.

The program, played on the Violins of Hope, will include music composed in the concentration camps and by those who perished in the Shoah; as well as other music on Jewish themes. Clergy of Anshe Emet will conduct a service of Remembrance.

Presenters include: 
Rabbi Michael Siegel 
Cantor Rachel Brook 
Cantor Elizabeth Berke 
Linda Veleckis Nussbaum, violin 
Daniel Golden, viola 
Emily Mantell, cello 
Lisa Kristina, piano 

Composers whose works will be performed include: 
Hans Krasa 
Ervin Schulhoff 
Zigmund Schul 
Viktor Ullman 
Hans Krasa 
Ervin Schulhoff 
Zigmund Schul

Artists and programs subject to change. 
This event will be offered both in person and via livestream.

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We thank JCC Chicago and partner organizations who are hosting the Violins of Hope in the Chicago Area. We thank the Men’s Club of Anshe Emet Synagogue for program sponsorship