Work begins to recover Slutsk’s lost Jewish headstones

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Over the past few weeks, work has begun on an exciting project to recover headstones from a dismantled Jewish cemetery in Slutsk, just south of Minsk, Belarus. The Together Plan has sent a team to Slutsk to rescue the headstones, which had been repurposed as building materials or simply abandoned and buried.

The project will preserve a hugely significant chapter in the history of Jewish Slutsk, where the headstones record the names of ancestors of large numbers of people both in Slutsk and worldwide. The current Jewish community of Slutsk – of whom The Together Plan is a longstanding partner – will be involved at every stage. Projects like this are transformative for communities, bringing community members of all ages together to collaborate on the project, engaging people with their Jewish identity, and catalysing a wide range of educational and fun activities within the community.

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Over £2300 raised by Walk the Line

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Over £2,300 raised by Walk the Line 2017

On 16th April, 7 committed volunteers walked 20 miles through London’s Jewish history, from the historic East End to contemporary Jewish North London. Having assembled before 8am in order to reach our start point by 9, our undertaking – taking nearly eleven hours – took us from the UK’s oldest synagogues and early Jewish businesses, via the legacy of Britain’s medieval Jewry in the City and homes of Karl Marx and Benjamin Disraeli, to the thriving communities and cultural centres of North London. You can see the locations the team visited and discover their fascinating history on social media.

The team has already raised a spectacular £2,344, and donations are still coming in. This money will go towards our work with communities in Belarus, helping them to preserve, revitalise and contribute to their own Jewish history. If you’d like to donate, you can still do so at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/walk-the-line-jewish-timeline.

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Work begins to recover Slutsk’s lost Jewish headstones

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Over the past few weeks, work has begun on an exciting project to recover headstones from a dismantled Jewish cemetery in Slutsk, just south of Minsk, Belarus.

The Together Plan has sent a team to Slutsk to rescue the headstones, which had been repurposed as building materials or simply abandoned and buried. The project is being run in collaboration with the Zeliger Foundation – named for a Jewish citizen of Bobruisk who risked his freedom to preserve the memory of the Holocaust in his hometown, whose relatives are now continuing his work.

The project will preserve a hugely significant chapter in the history of Jewish Slutsk, where the headstones record the names of ancestors of large numbers of people both in Slutsk and worldwide. The current Jewish community of Slutsk – of whom The Together Plan is a longstanding partner – will be involved at every stage. Projects like this are transformative for communities, bringing community members of all ages together to collaborate on the project, engaging people with their Jewish identity, and catalysing a wide range of educational and fun activities within the community.

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Walk The Line: Jewish Timeline

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Walk the Line is back! Raising money to help rebuild Jewish communities in the Former Soviet Union, all are welcome to join an epic sponsored walk of a Jewish Timeline of London.

Just as with our previous walks, along the Northern Line and The “Jew”-bilee, during our Jewish Timeline journey we’ll be tied together and in costume. This year, we’ll be all in green, the colour of The Together Plan, and of the Belarusian flag. On the flag, green represents the hope of spring, and the revival of land, forests, and fields. Join us in Walk The Line: Jewish Timeline, by walking or sponsoring, and you’ll be helping the revival of forgotten Jewish communities in Belarus and beyond.

You’ll be able to follow the walk on the day on The Together Plan’s Facebook and Twitter pages, which will give an insight into each of the sights visited…as well as how our tired feet are faring!

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Our Route

The 21-mile route begins at Mile End tube station at 9:00am. Beginning with the Jewish community’s immigrant routes in East London, we’ll march via an array of historical Jewish hotspots. From Bevis Marks, Brick Lane and Cable street, we’ll progress to David Ben-Gurion’s former home and the Jewish Museum, ending up in a thriving modern Jewish area of North London.

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Sponsor Us

Help make a real difference to the future of communities in the former Soviet Union

Sponsor Us Now

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Walk With Us

If you’d like to get even more involved, we’d love you to join us for all or part of the route. You’ll get to meet some amazing young people (we should know!) and be part of an inspiring and important project.

It’s free to walk with us – just fill out the form below! All we ask is that you help us with fundraising by asking your family and friends to sponsor you.

The walk begins at Mile End tube station, where we will meet at 9:00am.

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What is Walk the Line?

A few years ago, a few young adult members of Youth for Youth decided to walk the length of London Underground’s Northern Line – in onesies, and tied together – stopping at each station along the way. This unconventional fundraiser proved to be a huge success, raising over £1000, and was repeated two years later with the “Jew-bilee” line (wearing silly hats). This year, we decided to walk a different kind of line: a timeline of Jewish history, from the East End to Golders Green via a host of fascinating places in between. Researching the route took us through books, archives and the London Jewish Museum, and we have some truly illuminating stories to reveal as we walk.

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Youth for Youth volunteer Abi Brunner named among Jewish News’ Eighteen under 18

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The Together Plan is delighted and proud that Abi Brunner, one of our Youth for Youth volunteers, has been recognised by Jewish News on their Eighteen Under 18 list, comprising the most dynamic ‘innovators, creatives, campaigners, event organisers and young leaders’ of the Jewish community, beating hundreds of other nominees nationwide.

The award was judged by a panel of Jewish leaders in the worlds of politics, art, education and culture. The announcement in the Jewish News commended Abi’s ‘tireless [contributions] to the Together Plan, a charity set up by her mother, which supports young Jews ex-Soviet countries particularly in Belarus and Poland. She volunteers on trips and has been working as a madricha there prior to being a madricha at her own youth movement, RSY.’ In addition, Abi is working on another project, compiling a book of creative responses to mental health difficulties by teenagers with first-hand experiences. Abi stands out as a shining example of good hadracha (youth leadership) and commitment to tikkun olam (‘repairing the world’). We are really proud of Abi for her endeavours and for being recognised by Eighteen Under 18.

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