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Voices of Hope to Partner with Speak Up to Share Holocaust Survival Stories in West Hartford

On Sunday, April 14, Voices of Hope will hold a storytelling program featuring the children of Holocaust survivors, follow by a tribute to ‘Children of the Kindertransport.’


Voices of Hope is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and guests.

Our Descendants of the Shoah Speak Up will feature stories from four children of Holocaust survivors: Alan Berkowitz, Debbie Kleinman, Judy Kopman-Fried, and Jean Lewanda, and two grandchildren of Holocaust survivors: Garrett Fishman and Lindsay Tringali.

The storytelling showcase will begin at 11 a.m., on Sunday, April 14, and will be held at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. It is free and open to the public.

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 6-8 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 six to eight 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.

Immediately following the showcase, at 12:30 p.m., there will be lunch and the Childhood Left at the Station: A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport exhibit opening with special guest Ron Meier, executive director, American Society for Yad Vashem. Tickets for the lunch and that program are $18.

RSVP: Online at ctvoicesofhope.org or directly through this link.

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. The organization’s 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 the website www.ctvoicesofhope.org.

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