Violins of Hope with Author Sonia Beker at Temple Emanu-El in NYC (in-person)


March 7, 2023    
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Join us at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan for a unique opportunity to see the Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each violin is a living testament to those we lost, to the triumph of survival and to the power of music — even in our darkest days. Each violin is displayed alongside photographs and the story of its journey as their bittersweet music fills the museum. We will hear from Sonia Beker, daughter of Max Beker, owner of one of the violins featured, and author of Symphony on Fire: A Story of Music and Spiritual Resistance During the Holocaust, which recounts the remarkable story of her family’s resilience and survival, from their origins in Vilna and being conducted by Leonard Bernstein in the camps to the new families they created in America.

Following the presentation, Warren Klein, Bernard Museum Curator, will lead a tour of the exhibition. The violins on display are accompanied by a powerful series of photographs by Daniel Levin that document the work of Amnon Weinstein, the Israeli master luthier and founder of Violins of Hope.

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is located at 1 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065.

Registration required here.