Press Conference: Cook County & Violins of Hope Chicago
On August 8, JCC Chicago partnered with the Chicago Cubs and Gallagher Way to present a free concert. It was an unforgettable evening of sounds & stories supporting tolerance, acceptance, understanding, and hope.
Israeli violinmakers, Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, have spent the last 20 years collecting and repairing 70 Holocaust-era violins and other stringed instruments from around the world, some with the Star of David on the back and others with names and dates inscribed within the instrument. Together, they have lovingly located and restored the violins to reclaim their lost heritage, give voice to the victims and reinforce essential messages of hope, harmony, and humanity.
Violins of Hope has been featured in books, print, film and television. They have been used in lectures and educational programs worldwide, exhibited in museums, and have been triumphantly played in concert halls around the globe. Through performances, exhibitions, and educational series, the instruments have impacted and inspired hundreds of thousands of people of all ages.
The Violins have traveled to cities across the globe, including:
Rome (2014), Tel Aviv & Berlin (2015), Cleveland (2015), London (2017), Washington D.C (2017), Sarasota (2017), Birmingham (2018), Fort Wayne (2019), Phoenix (2019), San Francisco/East Bay (2020, 2022), Los Angeles County (2020-21), Richmond (2021)
Stories of the Violins
Each violin in the Violins of Hope collection has a unique and meaningful story.