Violins and Hope


VIOLINS and HOPE | FROM THE HOLOCAUST TO SYMPHONY HALL Book and Photography Exhibition by Daniel Levin, MFA

On View November 12, 2021 – February 27, 2022
The Temple-Tifereth Israel

“Like Amnon’s restored violins, Daniel’s book is a lasting gift to us all.” – Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor/Music Director, The Cleveland Orchestra

See renowned Israeli luthier (violin maker) Amnon Weinstein’s workshop come alive in more than 30 large scale photographs by Daniel Levin. The first photographer to document Amnon’s workshop in Tel Aviv, Levin captures a one-of-a-kind collection of violins that survived the Holocaust and the artful process for restoring them. The photographer’s uncanny ability to celebrate both place and process through the beauty of light is nothing short of remarkable.

Reservations are required to view the exhibition. The registration link will be here when available.

Special Events

Shabbat of Remembrance

Friday, November 12 @ 6 pm

Join us for a Shabbat service in commemoration of Kristallnacht. Members of The Cleveland Orchestra will perform selections of the same music that was played by Jewish musicians in the camps.

Exhibition Opening, Artist Talk, and Book Launch

Sunday November 14 @ 2 – 4 pm

Join us for the national book launch of Violins and Hope | From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall and stunning photography exhibition. A lecture by Daniel Levin will begin at 2 pm in The Milton & Tamar Maltz Chapel. Space is limited. Registrations are required. Register here.

Artist Talk

Monday November 15 @ 2 -3 pm

For a more intimate experience, walk through the galleries with Daniel Levin from 2 – 3 pm, as he shares his experiences in making many of the photographs within the exhibition. Space is limited. Registrations are required. Register here.

Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli luthier (violin maker) had a vision many years ago to restore violins that survived the concentration camps and ghettos of World War II, even when their owners often did not. His “Violins of Hope” project may be one of the most creative, effective, moving, and magnificent approaches to understanding the Holocaust and how one heals from such pain and loss.

Daniel Levin is a contemporary artist and documentarian whose works primarily address sociological issues. His body of work includes photography, films, and site-specific installations. Through hauntingly beautiful photographs and compelling text, “Violins and Hope | From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall” becomes both an artful rendering and a revelation of the ethereal, as he reveals how Amnon fulfills his dream of transforming tragedy into triumph in the most incisive and powerful way imaginable: bringing violins of the Holocaust back to life. Levin is a tenured Associate Professor of Photography at Tri-C and a congregant of The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

Public programs are presented in partnership with Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and The Temple-Tifereth Israel.