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Lisa Jura at 15 years old


Inspired by the life of Lisa Jura, Hold On To Your Music seeks to expand awareness and understanding of the ethical implications of world events such as the Holocaust, and the power of the arts, especially music, to embolden the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Hold On To Your Music was established in 2003 by Mona Golabek to share the story of her mother, Lisa Jura, as told in Ms. Golabek and Lee Cohen's book, The Children of Willesden Lane, and to disseminate the book and accompanying educational materials to students and teachers everywhere.

Board of Directors

Mona Golabek
Michele Golabek-Goldman
Sarah Golabek-Goldman
Jonathan Golabek-Kaye
Rachel Golabek-Kaye
Larry Post
Steve Robinson

Honorary Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Berenbaum
Sharon Isbin
Garrick Ohlsson
Bill Walton


Executive Director
Jaclyn Maduff
Honorary Director Emeritous
Dr. Jane Foley


The Hold On To Your Music Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following:

Wallis Annenberg
J.B. Berland Foundation
Helen and Peter Bing
California Community
Joyce Chernick
Leon Condon
First Republic Bank
Nancy Fisher
Ella Fitzgerald Foundation
Sam Freshman
David and Judith Ganz
Diane and Guilford Glazer
The Rosalinde and Arthur
   Gilbert Foundation
Joel and Frida Glucoft
Goldrich Family Foundation
Gary S. Greene
Gries Family Foundation
Marcia Israel Foundation
Jim Joseph Foundation
Patti Kenner
Frederick Leeds
Lerner Foundation
Libitzky Family Foundation
Anita Lorber
Los Angeles Jewish
   Community Foundation
Los Angeles Museum of
   the Holocaust
Milton and Tamar Maltz Family
Milken Family Foundation
Lowell Milken
Nash Family Foundation
Younes Nazarian
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Righteous Persons Foundation
Post Family Foundation
Pritzker Pucker Family
Audrey and Albert Ratner
Glenn Schaeffer
Nathan Shapell
Simms/Mann Institute
Laurie Tisch Foundation
Wallis/Glassman Fund
Max Webb
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg
Weingart Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Winnick Family Foundation
Zell Family Foundation

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Milken Family Foundation logo

Facing History and Ourselves logo


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LAMOTH: Ella Fitzgerald logo

Simms/Mann logo

Shoah Foundation



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Lisa Jura at the piano


In 1938, 14-year-old Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy in Vienna who hoped to become a concert pianist.  Her dreams were interrupted when Hitler’s armies advanced.  Her parents were forced to make the difficult decision to secure safe passage to London aboard the Kindertransport for only one of their three daughters.  They chose to send Lisa, believing her talent would give her strength and could help reunite them one day. There, in a hostel on Willesden Lane, Lisa’s music became a beacon of hope for her, as well as other displaced children who would cheer her on as she fought to realize her musical dreams.  Our name is derived from the words spoken to Lisa by her mother as she boarded the Kindertransport:  “Hold on to your music. It will be your best friend.”


A Teachers Resource

Visit our Education page to view classroom videos and to download the Teacher’s Resource and Musical Selections.

Educational Program

“Lisa Jura inspired me to dream the impossible dream and never give up when you think all is lost. This book teaches people to use the gifts God gave them to inspire others.”

Amanda Herl
Hoxie High School, Kansas

Recognizing the significance of this historic and heroic story and its potential to impact today’s students with its message of triumph in the face of evil, Milken Family Foundation began a partnership with Hold On To Your Music shortly after the publication of The Children of Willesden Lane.  Milken in turn commissioned the non-profit organization Facing History and Ourselves to co-develop a study guide, A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane, to support the book’s use in classrooms.  The book’s educational components and the Hold On To Your Music mission were supported by The Annenberg Foundation, which provided a major grant and created a suite of video resource materials to complement the Teacher’s Resource. Additional educational resources have been launched by collaborations with the USC Shoah Foundation and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.



Hold On To Your Music’s educational goals include:

  • Provide copies of the book to classrooms and libraries across the nation with an eye toward making it a timeless classic for young people;

  • Spread the themes inherent in the Hold On To Your Music mission through the book’s city-wide  reads, district and state curriculum adoptions, project for  television, live theatre production, and web site;

  • Foster projects that promote our mission. 

Girl reading the book

Book-Gifting Program

Hold On To Your Music has developed a book-gifting program to provide copies of The Children of Willesden Lane at reduced rates for classrooms, libraries, and communities around the country.

This program is combined with the national WILLESDEN READ PROJECTS now planned for many cities from 2015-18 including Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Memphis, San Diego, and Dallas.The program allows for the gifting of books to the city and school systems, stuyding of the book with professional development for teachers, and live performances for the students by Mona.

Examples of this initiative include:

Students listening attentively

Mona and Lisa at Cortines

Copyright PBS filming with orchestra
Over 220,000 books to 210 schools in 28 states.

One City/One Book programs in Canton, Ohio, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, Memphis, Tenn, Clarksburg, West Virginia, Carson City, Nevada.
Recent WILLESDEN READ Project in Los Angeles, California November 2014.
10,000 students from the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Jewish Day schools studied the book and then experienced a live performance of Mona's one person show at the Cortines High School for the Performance Arts.
Upcoming WILLESDEN READ projects set for Boise, Idaho in April 2015, Chicago in October 2015 and San Francisco 2016.

To support the education mission and sponsor a national campaign of citywide WILLESDEN READS, Hold On To Your Music has been awarded grants from The Righteous Persons Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, The Nash Family Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, the Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the Simms/Mann Institute, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Annenberg Foundation.

City Wide Reads are further supported in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Facing History and Ourselves, the Holocaust Commission of Birmingham, and the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.

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