Friends’ Scheme Launch Reception with Frida Reisman, Minsk Ghetto survivor

please join us for the launch of our friends' scheme

with special guest speaker

Frida Reisman

Holocaust survivor
Chairwoman, Minsk Ghetto Survivors' Association

📅 Thursday 30th November 2017
🕡 18:30-21:30
🗺️ ORT House, 126 Albert St, London NW1 7NE [map]

We are delighted to invite you to join us for a drinks and canapés reception to celebrate the launch of our Friends' Scheme.

We are very excited to be joined from Minsk by Frida Reisman (pictured right). Frida will be speaking to us about her experiences as a child living in the notorious Minsk Ghetto, as well as the impact of The Together Plan's work on the lives of the Ghetto survivors, many of whom still live on the land the Minsk Ghetto once occupied.

There will also be the opportunity to meet The Together Plan supporters, volunteers and staff in an informal setting, and to learn about our vital work rebuilding community in the former Soviet Union.

For reasons of security advance registration is essential. RSVP online using the form below or by contacting The Together Plan office on 020 3375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com.

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The Together Plan attends Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre opening

The Together Plan's London co-director Debra Brunner was invited to attend the opening of the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre at Highgate Synagogue.  The Centre was officially opened by former UK prime minister Sir John Major.

Sir Martin Gilbert was the foremost Anglo-Jewish historian of his generation, and was a thoroughly respected and ubiquitous figure in both Jewish and academic circles.  The official biographer of Churchill, Sir Martin passionately advocated for the plight of the Jews of the Soviet Union, championing the refusenik cause.

The Together Plan believes that the legacy of Sir Martin's work around the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe must be maintained, and that we must reconnect with those Jews still living in the region, encouraging them to engage with their Judaism.  The Together Plan will be featured permanently in the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre, a new space from which we can engage people with the compelling Jewish story of the former Soviet Union. 

Mitzvah Day in Belarus a resounding success!

The Together Plan once again brought Mitzvah Day International, the UK Jewish social action and tzedakah day, to our partner communities in Belarus.

This year we facilitated our largest ever number of social action initiatives, with activities happening simultaneously in Polotsk, Brest, Minsk, Slonim, Slutsk and Mogilev.  In Slonim the communities laid flowers at the memorial to the victims of the Slonim Ghetto liquidation, and cleared rubbish and leaves from around the ruins of the Slonim Synagogue, alongside medical students from the city as well as our office team from Minsk, with the Israeli ambassador in attendance.  In addition, The Together Plan visited the most vulnerable members of our communities, the elderly and infirm, delivering challot and other items.

At The Together Plan we believe that it is not enough simply to describe our UK annual social action day to communities in Belarus.  Instead it is incumbent on us to empower our partner communities to feel independent and active, participate in tikkun olam (repairing the world) and do mitzvot in their own communities.  This is a transformative process to witness, especially after the years of reliance on external agencies which fostered a culture of dependance.  In their newly found self-sustainability, these communities are now encouraging their members to be a part of the community capacity building that is so sorely needed.

thank you to Pinner community for supporting our aid project

Pinner United Synagogue kindly hosts The Together Plan’s Aid Together project, with volunteers assembling there each week to pack and sort donations of humanitarian aid in preparation for the transportation of our lorries to Belarus.  We are extremely grateful to the community and the volunteers.  For more information about how to get involved or volunteer with this project, contact Lucille Baker at lucille@thetogetherplan.com, or call The Together Plan on 020 3375 0656.

inaugural belarusian cultural evening a resounding success!

Around fifty people gathered last Sunday for The Together Plan’s inaugural Belarusian Cultural Evening, which celebrated Belarusian music, art, literature and food, showcasing the very best that The Together Plan has to offer.  The evening was put together by The Together Plan’s London development and projects team, and presented by Sonia Richardson, Jonathan Clingman and Jake Goldman.  With the bimah of Finchley Reform Synagogue transformed into ‘Babushka’s living room’, enraptured audience members were transplanted from leafy north London into the forested and magical landscape of Belarus, on the other side of the European continent.

Copious amounts of Belarusian treats were available.  Our guests sampled pickled herring, home-made pickled cucumbers and beans, black bread, vodka-infused mulled wine, sharlotka (Belarusian apple cake) and many more delicacies.  Meanwhile Jake, Jonathan and Sonia presented a carefully put together programme of informative and engaging content, which included haunting renditions of landmark Yiddish, Belarusian and Russian-language songs and poetry.  Belarusian art was exhibited and its key protagonists explored, and audience members heard first-hand the testimony of a Holocaust survivor, to be included in our upcoming translation of a book of memories, We Remember.  We took audience members on a journey through Belarus’ varied and troubled history, introducing some of our most vital and needed projects which protect and preserve a proud and endangered heritage.

We hope to put on similar events at various locations, bringing the fascinating world of Belarusian culture to an even wider audience.  If your organisation is interested in hosting one such event, contact london@thetogetherplan.com for more information.

Belarusian Cultural Evening

  • 📅 Sunday 5th November 2017
  • 🕢 7.30pm
  • 🗺 Finchley Reform Synagogue
    101 Fallow Ct Ave, London N12 0BE
  • 🎟️ Standard £12 | Concession £10

Join us for a fun-filled cultural evening to celebrate the relationship between Finchley Reform and the Jewish community in Polotsk, Belarus.

Explore the traditions and culture of Belarus through poetry, music, dance and cuisine. Sample Belarusian vodka, taste and learn to prepare traditional Belarusian favourites, and connect with likeminded people in a welcoming and informal setting, supporting The Together Plan to build lasting links with communities in the former Soviet Union.

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youth for youth expands with trip to Manchester

Some of our London-based Youth for Youth volunteers also travelled to Manchester last week to connect with their peers and expand the vital work of The Together Plan’s flagship programme for young people, Youth for Youth.  This project empowers young adults to revive Judaism and community life, not only in Belarus but across the UK, US, Israel, Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands and elsewhere, and includes an annual residential summer programme in Belarus.  The event, which was was hosted by Manchester Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform Congregation) and facilitated by youth worker Joel Stokes, also included vital contributions from the community’s Rabbi Fabian Sborovsky.  This was an eye-opening and insightful experience for all involved, and the start of an exciting new chapter in the life of Youth for Youth.

the together plan’s co-director gives Manchester Menorah talk

Debra Brunner, London co-director of The Together Plan, was received warmly and attentively by around twenty members of the Jewish community of Manchester last week.  The event, which took place at Manchester Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform Congregation)​, included many insightful questions from community members.  Some of those in attendance have visited Belarus with The Together Plan and its forerunner in the past, and many expressed their excitement to get more involved in supporting The Together Plan, for instance by collecting humanitarian aid items and arranging for their transportation to our London warehouse.

Debra spoke about her personal journey towards advocacy and activism for the revival of Jewish life in Belarus.  She also outlined her efforts alongside our Minsk co-director Artur Livshyts to establish The Together Plan as a dominant force in the achievement of communal self-sufficiency across Belarus, as well as in international philanthropic enterprise in the former Soviet Union more generally.  The attendees then heard about some of the much-needed projects currently being undertaken by The Together Plan, including our heritage project to restore the Grand Synagogue of Slonim, as well as humanitarian aid provision, work with Minksk Ghetto survivors, and more.  Also in attendance were our Development and Project Coordinators Jonathan Clingman and Jake Goldman, and the community rabbi at Menorah, Rabbi Fabian Sporovsky.