Willesden READS

One performance can change the world. Experience the inspirational story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Jura, brought to life by her daughter, Mona Golabek.

A partnership between Hold On To Your Music Foundation, USC Shoah Foundation, Echoes and Reflections, the Institute for Holocaust Education, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

This program is generously sponsored by the Henry Davis Family Foundation,  Rich & Fran Juro, and the Lozier Foundation. 

The Program: 2023-2024 School year

Middle school (6th – 8th grade level) educators and students are invited to join thousands of their peers across Omaha for the Willesden READS program.

Join us on March 28th, 2024 – 1 PM at the Holland Performing Arts Center to experience this 50-minute live theatrical performance based on the best-selling book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Author, performer and virtuoso concert pianist Mona Golabek offers uplifting messages of resilience and hope for students at a time when they most need it.

In advance of the live event, educators will be invited to participate in professional development, provided by Echoes & Reflections, to deepen understanding of the historical context of The Children of Willesden Lane book and to learn to incorporate The Willesden Project’s companion resources found in IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s educational website, into their teaching.


The Story

The Children of Willesden Lane is the best-selling book about the power of music and how one teenage refugee, Lisa Jura, Mona’s mother, held onto her dreams, survived the Holocaust and inspired a generation of her contemporaries.


We are offering interested middle school language arts classrooms:

  • Professional development training for teachers
  • Books for each student in the classroom
  • A corresponding completed curriculum
  • And a live theatrical performance by author, performer and virtuoso concert pianist Mona Golabek who offers her uplifting messages of resilience and hope for students at a time when they most need it.

The professional development, books, curriculum, and live performance is offered at no cost to participating schools.


Willesden READS

Why should your school be part of this project?
  • The project meets the mandate of Nebraska LB888, which requires education on the Holocaust and other acts of genocide
  • To help combat antisemitism
  • The project presents themes of diversity and identity, moral responsibility, acceptance of different cultures and enhance students’ appreciation of the arts
How will we support you?
  • We will provide and facilitate the professional development training
  • We will provide access to the curriculum
  • We will provide a copy of the book for each student in the class
  • We will provide easy access to a local Holocaust educator for guidance during the project
How does your school get involved in the project?
  • Teachers will need to attend the Echoes & Reflections’ professional development training prior to implementing the project
  • Commit to your students reading the book
  • Implement the companion curriculum to fit your individual classroom needs

We have reach capacity and can no longer accept addition schools to the 1 PM program.

Please consider joining us later that evening at 7 PM. You can learn more HERE.