Re "Palestinian past tugged at violin maker's heartstrings" (Our Region, June 14): SacramentoBethlehem, which fosters the sister city friendship between the Sacramento and Bethlehem regions, has wonderful experiences with Bisharat violins too. We planted 26 olive trees in Bethlehem to honor Dr. Maurice Bisharat and his 26 violins. In October, a SacramentoBethlehem delegation went to the Edward Said Music Conservatory specifically to visit the violin Bisharat's widow, Mary, gave to the conservatory. This same group of Sacramentans hand-carried two Bisharat violins -- plus a non-Bisharat violin and a clarinet -- to the Bethlehem Music Academy.
It was our dear friend Mary who inspired us to make Sacramento and Bethlehem sister cities. What a treasured gift Mary was to us and what joy the Bisharat violins bring to children in Palestine.
-- Brigitte Jaensch, Carmichael