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Marty’s Shabbat Message – January 24, 2019

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I’m excited to begin the countdown for our rich array of Violins of Hope programming coming in February and March! The first event is an incredible exhibition that, through photography and display of 20 violins, shares the story of Amnon Weinstein and his painstaking efforts to find and restore violins of the Holocaust, the Violins of Hope.

The music of these violins was one of the few things that gave hope, humanity and dignity to those that were being persecuted, tortured and killed during that almost unfathomable period in human history. Amnon Weinstein, The Man Behind the Music by photographer Daniel Levin opens February 3 at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. The exhibition is free and continues through March 24.

Violins of Hope - Levin Photography Exhibit

This week’s Torah portion is Yitro (Jethro) in Exodus. In it, G-d introduces the Israelites to the 10 commandments, a moral compass and a defining moment of civility for how people should behave as beings made in His image. Similarly, the violins that witnessed some of the most monstrous behavior that people are capable of also reminds us that we humans are capable of so much better, so much more.

I again encourage you to attend the many amazing programming events, including those of Violins of Hope, that our Jewish community has to offer. Learn more at

Shabbat Shalom,

Marty Haberer
Chief Executive Officer

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