Violins of Hope Education Programs

Teacher workshops:

Holocaust and Human Behavior with Violins of Hope

All Bay Area educators (grades 7 – 12) are invited to these interactive workshops in San Francisco and Oakland about music as tool for resistance and survival in the Holocaust. The workshops will feature the Violins of Hope, a collection of violins recovered from the Holocaust, some of which were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps. 

Both workshops include Holocaust Survivor testimony, resources for your classroom, and dinner. 

Educators who attend either of the workshops may have the opportunity to bring the Violins of Hope musical performance to their schools. 

This workshop is presented by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center and Facing History and Ourselves in partnership with Violins of Hope and Music at Kohl Mansion. Support for this program is provided by the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education.

October 23 –
San Francisco:  to register, click HERE

November 13th – Oakland: to register, click HERE.

For students and teachers:

18th Annual Day of Learning featuring the Violins of Hope,
San Francisco

Presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center

Students (grades 7-12) and educators from all public and private schools throughout California are invited to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide. Attendees will choose from 18 different workshops and will hear testimony from a survivor of the Holocaust or genocide. Registration required.

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 12:30 – 5:00 pm: to register, click HERE.

Special school programs will be available with the musicians and instruments of the Violins of Hope (January-March 2020).

The exhibition Violins of HopeA Journey of Heroism, Healing and Humanity at the War Memorial Veterans Gallery in San Francisco is free and available for groups and school tours. For information or to schedule a docent-led tour, contact Lisa Coscino at

Educational lectures, films, and community conversations are available to the public. Visit the Calendar page to view listings. Return to this page for educational offerings including: school assemblies, field trip opportunities, and other special programs.

Our Sponsors

  • Hewlett 50 Arts Comissions
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation
  • San Mateo County Arts Grants Program
  • Y&H Soda Foundation
  • American Legion
  • Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
  • Carlstrom Productions
  • Fleishhacker Foundation
  • Hellman Foundation
  • Mercy
  • Kohl Mansion
  • Shenson Foundation
  • The Jewish News