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Ger Mandolin Orchestra Backstory

Inspirational story of Avner Yonai’s discovery of his grandfather’s 1920s and 1930s Polish mandolin orchestra on Tablet Magazine.

by Alexander Gelfand

Plucky Move

A picture of his Polish grandfather’s mandolin orchestra inspired Avner Yonai to start his own

Have you ever had one of those moments—one of those epiphanies—when everything is illuminated?

Avner Yonai did. And it came, fittingly enough, while he was watching the film Everything Is Illuminated, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Which led, of course, to the mandolins.

But first, the epiphany…