Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I hope you all had a joyous Simchat Torah and a meaningful High Holidays experience this year. As we begin the Torah anew, I would like to highlight another meaningful experience that Federation is proud to sponsor in February and March of 2019, Violins of Hope.
This project tells the remarkable stories of violins played during the Holocaust. Through concerts, exhibitions and educational programs, children, adults, educators and seniors learn, connect and understand more deeply the significance of the Holocaust—the lessons learned and how these lessons apply to our world today. It is the brainchild of Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein who restored these violins as a tribute to those who were lost.
Violins of Hope will reach tens of thousands of individuals of all ages and beliefs. It will also bring together arts and other agencies for the large-scale collaborative project and volunteers are needed. There are many opportunities and one or more of them may interest you:
- Docents: Lead guided tours through the Violins of Hope exhibit
- Education Coordinators: Support education programs throughout the Valley
- Events Aides: Help coordinate and plan project-related events
- Hospitality Aides: Drive and accompany the Weinsteins and other special guests at events
- Floaters: Help in a variety of ways throughout the five weeks
I invite you to learn more about the volunteer opportunities during their informational sessions on Wed., Oct. 17 at 4pm or 7pm, at the Scottsdale Waterfront Club Room, 7175 E. Camelback Rd. RSVP to 602.338.2214 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime project at violinsofhopephoenix.com.
This week’s Torah portion is Bereishit (In the Beginning) in Genesis. It is amazing to reflect on how many thousands of years that we as a people have been studying the five books of Moses anew in the Jewish New Year. It makes me think of all those who came before us and that we now are the keepers of this remarkable undertaking. What a responsibility and what a blessing!
In this first chapter, G-d forms a human body from the dust of the Earth and blows into its nostrils a living soul. Conversely, Violins of Hope tells the story of how intolerance and xenophobia result in the murder of six million Jews. Instead of bringing life to the dust, gas chambers reduced our people to dust.
This project and its violins are physical reminders of the beauty humans are capable of. It is also a reminder for us to teach tolerance to our children and that we must be vigilant of what fear, jealously and hatred can lead to… and to say “Never again”.
Chief Executive Officer
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