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Voices of Hope to host Descendants of the Shoah Conference, Sept.11

On Sept. 11, Voices of Hope will. Host its second New England Descendants of the Shoah Conference.

The daylong conference for Holocaust survivors, descendants and the general community runs 10 a.m. to 5. p.m. at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, and is presented in partnership with the JCC, ADL CT, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Historical Society, the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford and UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.

The conference will include two hour-long sessions in the morning and one hour-long afternoon session. There will be several authors, educators and descendants from the community leading the sessions. Books will be available for sale by conference presenters.

A kosher continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

The program will conclude with a concert titled “Trampled Manuscripts: The Lost Klezmer Music of the An-ski Expeditions” performed by the Bivolița Klezmer Trio (Bee-vo-lee-tsa) from Hamden. The concert is co-sponsored by the Klezmer Institute and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut, with support from the Puffin Foundation.

The conference is an opportunity to raise consciousness about Holocaust history, personal experiences, and the continuity of remembrance. Through insightful dialogue, conversation and discussion, participants will connect with their past by honoring and acknowledging those who perished, while providing support to inspire our descendants and the community at large to never forget.

To register and for information, contact Voices of Hope at (860) 470-5591 or

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