BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Congregation B’nai Israel in Basking Ridge will host an inspiring afternoon filled with wonderful music, video screenings, Holocaust survivor presentations, and gourmet refreshments at the Violins of Hope – New Jersey Fundraiser and Holocaust Remembrance Reception on Sunday, April 19.

Attendees will be making a meaningful contribution to Violins of Hope – New Jersey and will hear about the restored instruments originally owned and played by Jewish musicians. The violins survived the Holocaust, were repaired in Israel, and will be played in numerous concerts around the state during the month of October 2020.

The instruments -- 50 violins, 1 cello and 1 viola -- will arrive at Newark International Airport and make New Jersey their home until November 1, 2020. There will be a series of cultural events following a kick-off reception and concert at Princeton University. The violins will be featured at venues throughout the state with the help of partner organizations, including the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Westminster Conservatory of Music, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Discovery Orchestra of New Jersey, and the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater.

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The finale will be the New Jersey Youth Symphony performance promising the younger generation’s commitment to Holocaust remembrance. Synagogues, churches, Holocaust centers, Jewish organizations and high schools across New Jersey will participate in these cultural events.

“Every concert is a victory," says Amnon Weinstein, founder of Violins of Hope. "This will be the first time that restored violins of the Holocaust will be played by orchestras across an entire state (New Jersey). It is our hope that audiences, both young and old, will have an opportunity to attend a performance, an exhibit or a lecture nearby. In doing so, they will be able to connect to the Jewish musicians who owned and played these instruments in spite of unspeakable suffering. Now, the music from these violins resounds with victory and inspires resilience and hope for the future of humanity."

By purchasing a ticket to this event, you will be supporting that series of concerts, lectures and exhibits helping to educate audiences about these violins, their connection to the Holocaust and the music that survived. Click here to purchase tickets. Performances and exhibits in October 2020 include -- and are not limited to -- the schedule listed below this video.


  • October 8 – Evening reception at Princeton University to welcome the Weinsteins from Israel and to exhibit the violins in Chancellor Green. Music provided by student violinists. Remarks about the history of the violins by Avshi Weinstein and James Grymes, author of VIOLINS OF HOPE.
  • October 9, 10 – Princeton University Orchestra at Richardson Auditorium (evening concerts). Violins on display at Chancellor Green.
  • October 11 – Violins exhibited and played at St Charles Borromeo in Belle Mead, NJ. The violins will be displayed and played for three Sunday masses that morning.
  • October 11 – Westminster Conservatory of Music – Faculty Orchestra and Children’s Choir at Bristol Chapel (afternoon performance) in Princeton, NJ.
  • October 12 – Student Assembly – Montgomery High School – violin talk and student orchestra.
  • October 13 – Raritan Valley Community College Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Branchburg, NJ will host a Violins of Hope exhibit and lecture.
  • October 14 – Student Assembly – Hopewell Valley Central High School – Pennington, NJ Violin display and lecture; student orchestra.
  • October 14 – Discovery Orchestra of New Jersey at Dorothy Young Center for Performing Arts at Drew University in Madison, NJ will host an evening performance and violin exhibit.
  • October 15 – The Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, NJ will host an evening exhibit, lecture and student violinists performance
  • October 17 – Congregation B’nai Israel, Basking Ridge. Evening event will include Violin lecture and display and small chamber orchestra performance.
  • October 17 – Bay Atlantic Symphony afternoon concert and violin exhibit at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • October 18 – Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Annual Lecture at the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish Christian Studies, Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ
  • October 18 – Performance of Dance, Orchestra and Video at the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater in Deal, NJ. Early evening event will also include violin exhibit and talk.
  • October 18 – Bay Atlantic Symphony Concert and violin display, afternoon event at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ
  • October 21 – East Brunswick High School – Student orchestra concert and violin exhibit for students and community audience.
  • October 22-25 – Various cultural events in Cherry Hill, NJ to include a concert at Rutgers Camden 10/24 by Symphony in C, and a chamber orchestra at JCC on 10/25. Area high schools will host additional programs for students to witness the violins and their Holocaust stories.
  • October 25 – Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, Thurnauer School of Music and Elisabeth Morrow School will collaborate to present a concert featuring students and faculty in Tenafly, NJ. This afternoon performance will include violin exhibit and talk.
  • October 27 – Concerts and performances at the John Cali School of Music, Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ will include a violin display, lecture highlighting original Holocaust music. An afternoon and evening performance is planned. Violins will be on display at this location from October 20-30.
  • October 28 – Montville Township Schools – high school student assembly with violin exhibit, talk and student orchestra performance.
  • October 29 – The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA in Wayne, NJ will present an evening performance including a string quartet, violin exhibit and lecture.
  • November 1 – New Jersey Youth Symphony to present the final Violins of Hope concert and Gala performance at The State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. Violins will be exhibited, brief talk by the Weinsteins and VIP Reception to follow.

Tickets to these events coming soon.