The Polotsk Jewish Community in northern Belarus planned and executed celebrations for Tu Bishvat, festival of the trees, last Sunday. The Together Plan team have been working with this group helping them learn the skills they need to take control of their own community and its future development and growth.
Training and empowering youth has been a key. Support partner Finchley Reform Synagogue, has facilitated backing and friendship which has given belief and encouragement to the Polotsk members. Extraordinary things are now happening in Polotsk with youth and elderly coming together for Jewish lifecycle events and festivals. Real grassroots sustainable development which until now was not a reality. We have a way to go, but the foundations are now in place and we are very excited about Polotsk’s future.
Take a look at some of the photos from their celebrations.