Voices of Hope is a 501(c)(3) non profit educational organization created by descendants of Holocaust survivors from across Connecticut. Voices of Hope raises social consciousness by connecting people to the inhumanity of the Holocaust and other genocides by providing quality educational and community programming in order to ensure future generations never forget.  We cannot change the past, we can only hope these stories and life lessons will positively affect the future.
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Connecticut Remembers the Holocaust Virtual Exhibit and Classroom Resource

Check out our newest resource, complete with local survivor testimony, curricula for middle and high school, and the rich history of Holocaust remembrance in Connecticut! Watch the launch here!

L’Chaim to Life: Rabbi Shabbaton

SAVE THE DATE OCT. 1-3 2021!

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Honor Yesterday, Live Today, Hope for Tomorrow
A Shabbaton Tribute to Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski, Rabbi David Small and Debbie Chameides to benefit The Emanuel Synagogue and Voices of Hope

Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski, and Rabbi David Small and Debbie Chameides will be honored for their dedicated years of service to the greater Hartford area the weekend of Oct. 1-3, 2021, at The Emanuel. Draft event schedule below is subject to change; check back for updates:

  • Friday, Oct. 1:
    • 5:30 pm – Shabbat Babayit: Join Rabbi Small, Student Rabbi Jessica Dell’Era, Barbara Fink, and Emanuel families for songs, stories, and blessings to welcome Shabbat 
    • 7:15 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat- Sermon by Rabbi Small
    • 8-9:30 pm – Oneg 
  • Saturday, Oct. 2:
    • 9:00 am – Shabbat services in Sanctuary – Sermon by Rabbi Lazowski and
      • Aliyot for Rabbis and wives
      • Aliyot for Holocaust survivors
      • Misheberach for the honorees
    • 12:15 pm- Kiddish Luncheon
      •  Tribute to our survivors and families
    • 7:11 pm – Havdalah Service
    • 7:30 pm – Dessert Reception & Program:
      • Music 
      • 8 – 8:30 pm – Rabbi Small and Rabbi Lazowski to speak. Each to be introduced by community member and a family member
      • Slide show honoring our Rabbis, including speakers with recorded messages of hope from survivors and community members. 
  • Sunday, Oct. 3:
    • 10:00 am- Breakfast by Brotherhood
    • 11:00 am- book launch of “Into the Forest,” Ruth Lazowski’s story of escape, with an appearance by author Rebecca Frankel, daughter of Meyer and Sheila Frankel.
For more information and Event Sponsorship opportunities, contact Event Chair: Gail Adler;

Watch the Emanuel website, e-blasts and Facebook page for further information as the date gets closer.

Are you a survivor or a descendant of a survivor and have a treasured object you would like to share?

We are hosting an artifact show and tell.

If you are interested please email Robin Landau at robin@ctvoicesofhope.org



Thank you for a wonderful Holocaust Survivor Day! We had the honor of hosting thirty of our local survivors and their children. There was food, music, and friends reunited! 





We are gearing up for this year’s Descendants of the Shoah Speak Up Showcase. This may be one of our first in-person events of the year! Please share with anyone who might be interested in participating.


Our Speaker Series continues…


Register here!

Have you missed one of our previous virtual programs? Visit our YouTube channel to catch up on all of our speakers, professional development for educators, testimony, and more! Don’t forget to take a look at our events page for an overview of upcoming programs and events!