Thank You!

On behalf of the Center’s board, I would like to thank you for joining with over 120 other viewers for the presentation of “Violins of Hope”. I would also like to thank Mr. Tom Hinken from MAISD, Mrs. Sarah Wojcehoski from Fruitport High School, Rabbi, and Mrs. Alpert for all their work to make the presentation possible.

Here are a few of the responses we received.

Thank you so much for arranging this for us. It is a profoundly moving film, made even more meaningful by listening to the writer, director, and cast member tonight……Thank you again for gifting us a memorable experience with the film and interview.

Kelley Wood

 . . . this was one of the most stunning, moving, and memorable presentations I’ve ever seen. I had the merit to meet Amnon in his shop in Tel Aviv some years ago, and I taught the book Uncle Misha’s Partisans many years ago to 7th graders, so it was especially important to me to see this and learn about these background stories, which I did not know. I cannot thank you enough for sending me this link and giving me this opportunity to see this marvelous and important presentation. 

Karen Shawn

I just watched “Stories from the Violins of Hope” via Eventbrite registration, and wanted to commend you on showing this riveting and beautiful production. I was moved to tears of sadness and joy throughout. The actors and music and writing were stellar. This story is such an amazing inter-generational family history of hope and compassion for others, and part of the universal history for us all. It’s a powerful offering for this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I also greatly appreciated seeing the family and historical photos shown at the end. Thank you for offering this film to viewers. I will pass the info on to friends, and post it on my Facebook. I hope more people register to see this important film. 

This has also given me a renewed respect for violins. I began playing as a child in 4th grade, initially inspired in kindergarten by hearing a recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”, and my grandmother also played the violin. I was in regional orchestras as a youth and young adult, but put it aside as I aged.  And haven’t played now for years. My favorite violin is here in a closet at home, another is in storage. This film has encouraged me to get reacquainted and play, or give them to someone else who will. “They are alive, the wood breathes”, instruments deserve to be honored, their stories heard.

Lynn Orlando
Berkeley, CA

Just wanted to thank you for this film which I have just watched. Inspiring and sad but what people did during this horrible time to save a huge part of their culture is so remarkable. A good way to reflect on the Holocaust on this Remembrance Day.

David Koss