Rachel Hoffer

Name: Rachel Hoffer

Title: Volunteer Co-Chair at Violins of Hope Phoenix

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Married/single: married to Jonathan for 22 years

Kids: three girls and a dog

City you live in: Paradise Valley

A typical day in my life includes…

waking up the youngest girls (oldest is in college) and getting them ready for school. After drop off I love to take a morning hike and as of recent I get to work on Violins of Hope. I often visit my mom (my father recently passed away) and then pick up kids from school and start shuttling them to sports and activities. Dinner with the family and often times community meetings in the evenings.

I was born in…

Worcester, Massachusetts.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the mountains. I love that I can hike a different mountain with unique terrain every day of the week.

I’m listening to…

whatever my kids are listening to – alternative, 90s and pop music.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

if it could be anyone, it would be my dad. How my parents have lived their life is an inspiration and I’d love to just visit with him again and gain more insight. Outside of family it would be Golda Meir. She was smart, a straight-talker, confident and a doer.

One thing I cannot live without…

my family, I love being with them.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

geez…pediatrician, tennis player, attorney. I changed my mind often when I was younger and obviously none of those stuck. I’m thrilled with the opportunities I’ve had with my children and being involved in their school and as a volunteer both locally and globally.

I’m inspired by…

our younger generation and their interest in becoming involved in what goes on around them and repairing the world.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

for people to embrace differences in others and see them as a positive and a way to enrich their own lives.

The perfect day would be…

in an interesting country exploring with my family, preferably close to the water.

My first job was…

tennis instructor at the Jewish Community Center.

My favorite escape…

Kauai, HI.

I’m currently working on…

Violins of Hope, one of the most meaningful projects I’ve ever been involved with and beyond excited with the communities response and support.

Always…

respect yourself.

Never…

forget where you came from.

Favorite Quote…

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

Biggest Dream…

raising happy, confident, generous children that are true to themselves and kind to others.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

TALKERS. When people talk about what changes should be made (and they share these opinions with EVERYONE) yet it’s always from a standpoint of ‘they should’ versus getting in the trenches, rolling up their sleeves and being a part of the solution.

About the Violins of Hope…

Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Today these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce key lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity that are pertinent now as well as for future generations. Violins of Hope will be in Arizona February 3 – March 26, 2019. Israeli violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, has devoted the last 20 years to locating and restoring the violins of the Holocaust as a tribute to those who were lost, including 400 of his own relatives. He calls these the Violins of Hope.  Weinstein has restored more than 60 violins as a way to reclaim his lost heritage, give a voice to the victims, and reinforce positive messages of hope and harmony.  The Violins of Hope have been played in concert halls and exhibited in museums throughout the world. They have been featured in books, print, film and television. They have been used in lectures and educational programs and their stories and messages have impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals. Violins of Hope will transcend religious and other barriers to facilitate a community-wide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression and the importance of cooperation and collaboration to achieve common goals. Hoffer helped lead the charge to bring more than 60 events featuring the Violins of Hope to Phoenix throughout February and March.



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