Violins of Hope


Alvernia University is collaborating with AU's Miller Gallery, the Jewish Federation of Reading, The GoggleWorks, Kutztown University, and Reading Symphony Orchestra to present the Violins of Hope. This collection of violins, violas, and cellos have a common denominator: they had to do with the war. To be more specific, they had to do with the holocaust - death or survival. And hope. All instruments were symbols of hope and a way to say: remember me, remember us. Life is good, celebrate it for those who perished, for those who survived. For all people.

Violin-makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, father and son, who work in Tel Aviv and Istanbul own this collection. Avshalom will accompany them and present the lecture for this first exhibit in Pennsylvania.


A list of Alvernia related events is listed below:

*All Alvernia-hosted events are free and tickets are not required.

*More information, dates and locations of all the presentations of Violins of Hope can be found at


Exhibition Reception

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 | 5 p.m. | Miller Gallery in Francis Hall

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with remarks by third-generation violinmaker Avshi Weinstein, who oversees the Violins of Hope organization with his father Amnon.


Violins of Hope Lecture: Leadership and Morals

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 | 7 p.m. | Millery Gallery in Francis Hall

An insightful discussion about what violins can teach us about leadership and morals. This event is presented in collaboration with the Alvernia University Career Development Office.


The Fromm Interfaith Lecture & Recital

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 | 6 p.m. | Miller Gallery in Francis Hall

Fromm Interfaith Scholarship presentation and concert, followed by a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception for the closing of the exhibit.


Exhibition on Display

An exhibit will be on display at the Miller Gallery in Francis Hall November 1 - 14, 2021. 

Gallery Hours are: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-2:30pm. The gallery will be open during the exhibition reception on Nov. 4 and following the lecture on November 10.

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