The Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center and Facing History and Ourselves are pleased to lead the education initiative of the Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area in 2020. This initiative will include professional development workshops offered in both San Francisco and the East Bay in the fall of 2019. These workshops will be open to all middle and high school educators, with an emphasis on inter departmental teaching of Music in the Holocaust.

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

Return to this page for educational offerings including: school assemblies, field trips to the San Francisco exhibition of the Violins of Hope, and other special programs.

Educational lectures, films, and community conversations will be available to the public. Visit the Calendar page to view listings.

More information coming soon …

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