Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope Phoenix

RSVP’s have closed.  Walk-ins welcome subject to space availability beginning at 6:45pm, Seating in the sanctuary is not guaranteed.  Walk ins not reserved in advance may be seated in Benson Hall with a closed circuit stream of the event.  

This educational opportunity is centered around music played on instruments recovered from the Holocaust. The music is surrounded by the lessons learned from the tragic outcomes of all types of hate crimes, ranging from bullying to genocide. It juxtaposes humanity’s ability to create beauty with humanity’s ability to destroy. It contrasts beauty with evil.

The Violins of Hope have been featured in books, print, film and television. They have been used in lectures and educational programs and their stories and messages have impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals. They have been played in concert halls and exhibited in museums throughout the world

Across the globe, Northern Arizona is the first semi-rural/rural area that will host this opportunity. 1,800 high school students from Coconino County, Hopi, and Navajo high schools will have the opportunity to attend the Violins of Hope on February 28 and March 1, 2019.

Music from the Mountains – The Adult Program – will be held at Shepherd of the Hills on February 28, 2019 at 7pm. This program will include:
-Welcome by Rabbi Mindie Snyder and brief talks by Mayor Coral Evans and Marty Haberer (CEO – Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix)
-Video on one survivor’s recollections from the Holocaust
-Presentation by Esther Schon, a teacher and child survivor of the Holocaust
-Concert played on the recovered instruments by professional musicians and, a vocal soloist
-Presentation by Sheriff Jim Driscoll and Chief Kevin Treadway on hate crimes
-Wrap-up by Pastor Adam Barnhart

If you wish to contribute and help defray costs for the Student and Adult programs, click here to donate

For information on sponsoring this important program, contact Bob Braudy at  Click here for information on sponsorship levels

This program is made possible through the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County and Coconino County schools, and the inter-religious Flagstaff community.

For more information on Violins of Hope and the many events scheduled in February for the Phoenix area, click here