Last chance to buy tickets for Look At Us Now, Mother!

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The Together Plan’s screening of Look At Us Now, Mother! is almost upon us. The event, organised in collaboration with The Forgiveness Project, takes place this Monday at 8:30pm at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley.

The film tells the moving true story of mother and daughter Mildred and Gayle Kirschenbaum, charting the pair’s turbulent relationship from Gayle’s childhood to the present. A victim of shocking abuse well into her young adulthood, Gayle began a quest to find out the reasons for her mother’s behaviour, and discovered her mother’s own traumatic childhood – beginning a mother and daughter’s journey towards understanding and forgiveness.

Starring Gayle and Mildred and directed by Gayle, a professional filmmaker. the film presents a powerful and universal message that understanding and forgiveness can triumph over hate and misunderstanding, provided we are able to discuss issues and work together. This forms the core of The Together Plan’s ethos: decades of divide-and-rule communist abuse has left deep scars in the post-Soviet psyche, where fear and mistrust of one another leave communities fragile and force people into isolation. The Together Plan works to help communities discover what they can achieve collectively and help individuals to collaborate on community projects to everyone’s benefit. Gayle and Mildred’s story is a fantastic example of how making peace with a traumatic past and building a future together can make a massive difference to the lives of everyone involved, and it remains an inspiration to us all here at The Together Plan.

Be inspired by Gayle and Mildred’s amazing true story, and be instrumental in turning our inspiration into real change healing trauma in the former Soviet Union. You can book tickets online through the Phoenix cinema’s website or by phone on 020 8444 6789

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Plus: Enjoy a dinner with Gayle and Mildred Kirschenbaum

Following Monday’s film screening, we are delighted to offer the chance of a dinner for two with Gayle and Mildred Kirschenbaum. This unique opportunity to meet director and co-stars of the film charting their remarkable true story, Look At Us Now, Mother!, in a relaxed and intimate setting, will be sold at auction with the bidding ending at midnight on Monday.

The setting will be the Ivy Cafe in Marylebone, known for its relaxed atmosphere and freshly prepared food, and will include a starter and main course, as well as a glass of wine.

Get bidding now over at eBay! Proceeds from the auction will be split equally between The Forgiveness Project and The Together Plan.


Summer Camp 2016 is a Blinding Success

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Last week, The Together Plan’s annual summer programme kicked off with ten of our Youth For Youth ambassadors heading out to Bobruisk, Belarus to meet twelve Belarusian young adults for a four day camp.

For them, the trip was the culmination of a year’s preparation. The contribution of our UK supporters, who generously donated knitted blankets, dressing up materials, resources, time and love, was also critical to the week’s success. We explored the themes of ‘repairing the world’, the environment, and giving to the community, through a mix of activities including arts and crafts, sport, cookery, a bearded, singing prophet, and a 9-foot-tall giant! We had 62 children attending – which is almost 100 people including our team! – and we were also honoured to be visited by Fionna Gibb, the British Amabassador to Belarus.

This year, for the first time ever, we held a residential pre-camp training weekend, featuring peer-led sessions on Jewish education, youth leadership training, and team building activities. The weekend was a huge success and created our most cohesive team yet, consisting of young people from London, Polotsk, Minsk, Gomel, and Bobruisk itself. This diversity allows youth leaders of different backgrounds and levels of experience to learn from each other, and these new-found skills will be put to regular use in Sunday Schools and youth activities in communities throughout Belarus over the coming year..

Here are some pictures from an exhilarating few days:

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