A strategic border town of enormous historical importance, once a part of Poland, Brest is a Pandora’s box of hidden Jewish history and heritage.
In spite of the ravages of years of oppression and suppression, Jewish life still exists in Brest, but support has been minimal. The Together Plan has identified a group of Jewish people with a will to develop, a desire to reconnect to their Judaism, but with no experience or understanding of how to grow. Currently, The Together Plan team have linked the different groups of Jewish people in Brest and are bringing them together to create a forum exploring projects that have the potential be started.
The community, young adults to elderly members, are keen to explore and research the Jewish history and heritage in the region. Locating and marking important Jewish landmarks is a key method of attracting people, Jewish and non-Jewish, to the region. This common vision is bringing the Jewish people together and will act as a spark to start a new, modern Jewish community.
Already, The Together Plan has identified support partners outside of Belarus who will collaborate on the development of the projects being proposed for Brest and they are seeking the support of the Brest Regional Authorities for permission to signpost significant buildings and areas of the town.