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Voices of Hope Will Host ‘Speak Up’ Storytelling Event in West Hartford

The stories of six children of Holocaust survivors will be featured at the Speak Up event on Nov. 19 in West Hartford.


Voices of Hope is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and guests. Our show will feature stories from six children of Holocaust survivors: George Bacall, Estelle Kafer, Eliane Sandler, Marge Swaye, Ted Zablotsky, and Larry Zemel.

Speak Up is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and build a community of storytellers in Connecticut. Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers Matthew and Elysha Dicks work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers at all levels.

Speak Up storytelling shows feature six to eight storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows showcase a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening.

The event will be held on Sunday, Nov, 19, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT. To RSVP visit ctvoicesofhope.org.

Voices of Hope is an organization created by descendants of Holocaust Survivors to collect, categorize and share the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the benefit of future generations. Our bold mission is to foster a culture of courage and social action against hate, bigotry, intolerance and indifference.

For more information, contact Voices of Hope at [email protected] or at 860-470-5591. Please visit our website at www.ctvoicesofhope.org.

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