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Speak Up Storytelling and Voices of Hope Collaborating for Holocaust Survivor Event in West Hartford

West Hartford Public Schools teacher Elysha Dicks will host a Speak Up Storytelling event at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, in collaboration Voices of Hope.


Speak Up Storytelling and Voices of Hope are thrilled to be producing their ninth collaboration featuring the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, sharing stories about how their parents’ and grandparents’ experiences have impacted their lives and the lives of those around them. 

These are powerful and important stories, filled with struggle, hope, and survival. 

The show takes place on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at West Hartford’s Mandell JCC.

The cast features Vivian F. Zoë, Norman Berman, Eveline Shekhman, Pat Kazakoff, and Phyllis Shaw. 

Speak Up Artistic Director Matthew Dicks, who is a teacher at Wolcott Elementary School in West Hartford, will also be telling a story about his work with the cast, and Speak Up Executive Director, Elysha Dicks, also a West Hartford teacher, will be hosting the show.

“Our collaboration with Voices of Hope has been one of my favorite things since we began Speak Up,” Elysha Dicks said. “It has brought incredible people into my life and it has been an enormous honor to help them develop and share their stories. I have found that especially during recent years when there has been an increase in the visibility of antisemitism in this country, being able to shine light on these stories has felt like action against hatred.”

Tickets for the show can be purchased here.

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