Maccabi Fun Run

On 23rd June our dedicated (and perhaps crazy) team are stepping up to support The Together Plan by taking part in the Maccabi Fun Run. Together we’ll run, walk, hop, skip and dance through a distance of 10km, 5km or 1km (or all three!) in support of communities in the former Soviet Union.

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The Together Plan works to revive community in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, currently focusing on Belarus. Through close partnership with our communities we help them to grow, connect and become self-sufficient, giving vulnerable and isolated people control over their lives. Our humanitarian aid project annually distributes over 20 tonnes of vital supplies to more than 10,000 people throughout Belarus.

Or why not register to run or walk with us and start getting sponsorship yourself!

Meet Our Runners

Click on the photos to find out more about us or to sponsor an individual runner.

Jonathan Bennett

£0.00

Sponsor Me

I am an ardent Liverpool FC fan, and Boots Optician in Cockfosters so between the day job and the football there is little time for training walks. But as a fellow BNI member with Debra Brunner – I decided it was time to step up and out for a charity that supports the isolated and vulnerable, community development and revives Jewish life in the town my family came from! Please support this determined, passionate and transparent charity doing really great work.

Debra Brunner

£0.00

Sponsor Me

Some of you will know that I’m a fan of power walking and Belarus, and several years ago I combined those loves and walked 4 marathons in one week in support of communities and individuals in need! Crazy, yes, but the pain and the blisters was worth the effort and the support raised contributed towards the growth of community programmes in the former Soviet Union that would otherwise never have happened. So to continue and develop the work that has now been started, we are getting out in force on June 23rd to garner support for the next phase of developments. I hate running, have never been a runner, and don’t know how! But last year I stepped up and ran my first 5K and swore it would be my last. I seem to have a short memory as I now find myself signed up again. I will be in France on the day of the event….but I am not letting that get in my way, and I will be running for the cause from there. I am praying it’s not hilly where I am going!! Please do support. Thank you

Martin Carroll

£0.00

Sponsor Me

I’m Martin Carroll and I’m 36 years old. I’m a professional fitness trainer and boxing coach. I’m passionate about health, fitness, food, and helping others do what they think they can’t. I’m raising money for The Together Plan because I recognise I am blessed to be healthy and happy and therefore I want to give back to those less fortunate than myself.

Adrian Dayne

£0.00

I am stepping out to do the Maccabi Fun Run to support the fantastic work of The Together Plan. I fully recognise the dedication and hard work that is going into growing this small and impactful charity, bringing positive change to the lives of other people and I am glad to do my small bit to help.

Michelle Rose

£0.00

I am a retired Food Product Developer from Marks and Spencer and now a part time cookery teacher and full time Foodie. In between cooking and exercising I manage to find time to work as a volunteer for The Together Plan as an events co-ordinator.

I am running the 10km as it will be a major personal challenge for me as I have not run this distance for years. In addition, I will be able to see first hand how all our hard earned sponsorship funds will be put to fantastic use for The Together plan.

Stephen Haire

£0.00

I am a 43 year old who was born and raised in Northern Ireland and lived there throughout the Troubles before moving to Israel in 2014 where I lived for two years working in a Kibbutz in the Negev for 18months and volunteering 3 months with SAR-EL in an army medical base and 3 months on a goat farm in the Judean hills. I travelled extensively throughout the land and even managed some charity work as well running the Jerusalem half marathon to raise money for some needy causes.

I moved back to England to take up a post training as a paramedic in EEAST in late 2016 and now live in Clacton, Essex with my wife and two young daughters. I am a convert to Judaism and am currently a member of Norwich Liberal Judaism Community.

I first heard of The Together Plan when I attended the Jewish expo in Allianz Park and was more than impressed with the amazing work which the organisation does and I will be attending the events they are hosting in May in Finchley.

When I entered the Maccabi Run there was one organisation which I felt I wanted to raise money for and that was The Together Plan. I am attempting to run all three races – 10km, 5km and 1km – and I hope this has two effects: that it will raise the awareness of the great work The Together Plan does for such special people and to encourage people to make a donation to help support the projects which The Together Plan provides. So please donate and together we can help continue the fantastic projects that The Together Plan provides.

Michael Blake

£0.00

I am supporting The Together Plan because it is a charity I fully believe in. I see from the inside the dedication and passion that goes into giving Jews in the former Soviet Union a voice. Our cultural heritage matters and our communities matter and The Together Plan are really engaging at the most organic and grass root level to ensure people and stories are not forgotten. Please support this important cause.

Harvey Susser

£0.00

After more than 20 years working in the development field in the central and eastern Europe, I am convinced that helping provide people with the skills and confidence they need to develop and manage community based social action programmes is one of the most powerful and sustainable forces of change for the good. I am supporting The Together Plan because of the great work they do in this area, helping rebuild communities from the bottom up in countries where community infrastructure had been totally dismantled in the post war period. Please help support the ongoing work of TTP by sponsoring me in the 5km walk

Josh Leitner

£0.00

My name is Josh Leitner and at the age of 47 I took up running last year for the first time. I will be running (along with my trainer), on my fifth ever 10k. Really proud to be representing and competing on behalf Debra Brunner and her Together Plan Charity, doing such amazing work with communities in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. My first target is of course to actually complete the race and then really anything below 60 minutes will be a massive bonus.

Sponsor

 

Three Peaks Challenge

On 21st June we will be tackling the National Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours in support of The Together Plan.

— Freddie, Warren & Michelle Lipman

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Starting in Scotland we will climb Ben Nevis, we then make our way to Scarfell Pike in Cumbria to climb England’s highest mountain. We will finish our trek in Wales to ascend Snowdon.

Freddie is supporting The Together Plan as part of his Bar Mitzvah programme and is twinning his Bar Mitzvah with a lovely boy called Pavel who lives in Slutsk, Belarus. The Together Plan are supporting Pavel in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah later in 2019 – teaching him to read Hebrew and prepare for his big day. This is being done over Skype, since the resources are just not there for Pavel to prepare for bar mitzvah in his own community.

Freddie’s aim is to raise money for support to Pavel’s community in Slutsk and one of the goals is to be able to buy a television for the community center. Pavel has told us that this is something the community would really benefit from.

Having contact with Pavel has helped Freddie understand how lucky he is to have so much access to Judaism, Rabbi’s, educators and facilities as a Jewish boy in the UK. He has come to understand how important Belarus is to the Jewish world how there are isolated and neglected Jewish communities who are in need of help today and how The Together Plan is making a real and positive difference.

Please support us by donating to this incredible charity, we will all be so grateful for any contributions.

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Film night: My Dear Children

📅 Sunday 9th June 2019

🕢 7:30pm

🗺 Finchley Reform Synagogue,
101 Fallow Ct Ave, London N12 0BE [map]

🎟️ Standard £10
🎟️ Friend / Concession £8

Just released: the first in-depth, scholarly documentary about the little known Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe after WWI.

Told through the rare, first-hand account of survivor Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of twelve, who was driven by events to put two of her children in an orphanage. “My Dear Children” is a window into this forgotten history and the daring rescue mission that saved those two children.

Do join us for coffee and cheesecake from 7:30pm

More information about the film

Unreserved seating

watch the trailer

Book Tickets

Book tickets using the link below, or contact us on 0203 375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com

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Memories of the Minsk Ghetto – Talk at Finchley Reform Synagogue

📅 Sunday 19th May 2019

🕢 7:30pm

🗺 Finchley Reform Synagogue,
101 Fallow Ct Ave, London N12 0BE [map]

🎟️ Entry £7

An illustrated talk by joint editors Hilda Bronstein and Bett Demby will tell the story of a forgotten people who were held in a ghetto without walls.

Between 1941 and 1943, approximately 80,000 Jews lived in or passed through that place of terror; as a result of starvation, repeated brutal pogroms and transportations to nearby killing fields, most did not survive.

This book of memories, now in English thanks to a project run by The Together Plan Charity, shines a light on the little known plight of the Jews in the Soviet Union.

reserve tickets

Book tickets using the link below, or contact us on 0203 375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com

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Talk: Memories of the Minsk Ghetto with Hilda Bronstein

📅 Sunday 17th March 2019

🕢 7:30 pm

🗺 Grenfell Lodge, Ray Park Road, Maidenhead SL6 8QX

🎟️ Entry £5 *

Hilda Bronstein, joint editor of the recently released book of survivors’ memoirs, We Remember Lest the World Forget, will be giving a talk about the hitherto untold story of a forgotten people who were held in a ghetto without walls.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. Entry is £5 in support of The Together Plan and the Maidenhead Jewish Community.

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Book tickets using the link below, or contact us on 0203 375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com

The Together Plan BNI Supper Quiz 2019

📅 Sunday 10th March 2019

🕢 7:00pm

🗺 Finchley Reform Synagogue
101 Fallow Ct Ave, London N12 0BE [map]

🎟️ Standard £28 | Friends £25

The Together Plan, in partnership with the Chipping Barnet BNI business networking group, are excited to present our annual Supper Quiz. Featuring a fully catered two-course meal (fish and vegetarian options available) and wine available to buy on the evening – both provided by BNI members – the event promises to be enormous fun.

Our last Supper Quiz made a huge impression with a combination of intense yet (mostly!) friendly competition, carefully crafted questions, surprises, laughs, and a great atmosphere. This year we are aiming even higher!

Ticketing Information

Each table seats 10 people. We encourage you to invite your friends to be on a table with you.

You do not need to book an entire table in a single booking – each member of the team can join the table when they book. If your group has fewer than 10 people, this is not a problem, as smaller groups can be seated together to fill a table.

If you would like to be on a table with specific people, please indicate this on your booking form. For example, if you write “Debra Brunner’s table” you will be seated with Debra Brunner and everyone else who is on a team with her.

Alternatively, if you do not mind which table you are seated on, simply leave this question blank.

reserve tickets

Book tickets using the link below, or contact us on 0203 375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com

Film Screening – Russian Jews: Before the Revolution

📅 Sunday 20th January 2019

🕢 7:00pm

🗺 Radlett Reform Synagogue
[map]

🎟️ Standard £x | Concession £x

The Together Plan and Radlett Reform Synagogue present Before the Revolution, part one of a recently made trilogy telling the story of the Russian Jews.

A fascinating epic, Russian Jews follows their rich and complex history from 11th century through the collapse of the Soviet Union. Created and narrated by acclaimed journalist Leonid Parfenov, the trilogy highlights Jewish contributions to Russian and Soviet societies. The stories which Leonid Parfenov so masterfully depicts in the trilogy deserve a stage to be retold. Why was the phenomenon of Russian Jewry so significant for Soviet life, but just as significant for the anti-Soviet movement? Why does it continue to impact the post-Soviet reality in the countries of the former Soviet Union as well as beyond their borders? These and other important questions emerge from the trilogy to help engage its audience in this ever-important intellectual discourse.

Screenings of Part Two (1914–1948) and Part Three (after 1948) will follow.

reserve tickets

Ticket are on sale from Radlett Reform Synagogue, who are hosting the event. Book tickets using the link below. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to The Together Plan.

High Holy Day Appeal

On behalf of everyone at The Together Plan we’d like to wish all of our supporters celebrating Rosh Hashanah this week a Shana Tova u’metuka – a very happy and sweet new year.

This festive season is a particularly significant milestone for The Together Plan, as we look back on our first half-decade ahead of our fifth birthday on 10th October. We’ve achieved a remarkable amount in this short time, due entirely to the generosity of people like you: those who have given their money or time; donated unwanted clothes to our humanitarian aid project or volunteered for us; come along to an event or simply read our newsletter each week. We couldn’t have done it without you.

At this time of year, we are encouraged to reflect on our actions over the year past, and on the person that we would like to be in the year ahead. As communities across Belarus prepare to enter a new year, with all the achievements and challenges that entails, we ask you to help them realise their ambitions for 5779. There’s so much to do: the Minsk Ghetto Survivors’ Association will launch their first ever English-language book in late October; the enormous task of restoring the Great Synagogue of Slonim will get underway; the final touches will be put to a comprehensive, multi-denominational online liturgy and music resource; and communities across Belarus will continue to provide a much-needed cultural and spiritual home for their members.

For this reason, we’ve launched a High Holy Day appeal, which will run until the end of December. Donations of any size will be greatly appreciated and will make a huge difference to our communities in Belarus.

This Rosh Hashanah, will you help us make our vision for 5779 a reality?

You can donate online using the form below.

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Russian Jews: Before The Revolution

📅 Sunday 29th July 2018

🕢 7.00pm

🗺 Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue
118 Stonegrove, Edgware HA8 8AB [map]

🎟️ Free admission (RSVP essential)

The Together Plan and Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue Belarus Project present Before the Revolution, part one of a recently made trilogy telling the story of the Russian Jews.

A fascinating epic, Russian Jews follows their rich and complex history from 11th century through the collapse of the Soviet Union. Created and narrated by acclaimed journalist Leonid Parfenov, the trilogy highlights Jewish contributions to Russian and Soviet societies. The stories which Leonid Parfenov so masterfully depicts in the trilogy deserve a stage to be retold. Why was the phenomenon of Russian Jewry so significant for Soviet life, but, just as significant for the anti-Soviet movement? Why does it continue to impact the post-Soviet reality in the countries of the former Soviet Union as well as beyond their borders? These and other important questions emerge from the trilogy to help engage its audience in this ever-important intellectual discourse.

Part Two (1914–1948) and Part Three (after 1948) will follow on future Film Nights.

If members of the EHRS community would like to offer to make cakes/cookies or help at the screening please contact Debra at debra@thetogetherplan.com.

reserve tickets

Book tickets using the form below, or contact us on 0203 375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com

Maccabi Fun Run

On 24th June our dedicated (and perhaps crazy) team are stepping up to support The Together Plan by taking part in the Maccabi Fun Run. Together we’ll run, walk, hop, skip and dance through a distance of 10km, 5km or 1km (or all three!) in support of communities in the former Soviet Union.

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The Together Plan works to revive community in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, currently focusing on Belarus. Through close partnership with our communities we help them to grow, connect and become self-sufficient, giving vulnerable and isolated people control over their lives. Our humanitarian aid project annually distributes over 20 tonnes of vital supplies to more than 10,000 people throughout Belarus.

Or why not Register to run or walk with us and start getting sponsorship yourself!

Meet Our Runners

Click on the photos to find out more about us or to sponsor an individual runner.

Coral Ash

£0.00

Sponsor Me

Middle aged teacher/tutor of Drama and English who likes to keep as fit as possible in preparation for events such as these.  Happy to a support charity in any way I can and as I’m not singing at the moment, will have to utilise an alternative part of the anatomy to fundraise.

Jonathan Bennett

£0.00

Sponsor Me

I am an ardent Liverpool FC fan, and Boots Optician in Cockfosters so between the day job and the football there is little time for training walks. But as a fellow BNI member with Debra Brunner – I decided it was time to step up and out for a charity that supports the isolated and vulnerable, community development and revives Jewish life in the town my family came from! Please support this determined, passionate and transparent charity doing really great work.

Debra Brunner

£0.00

Sponsor Me

Some of you will know that I’m a fan of power walking and Belarus, and several years ago I combined those loves and walked 4 marathons in one week in support of communities and individuals in need! Crazy, yes, but the pain and the blisters was worth the effort and the support raised contributed towards the growth of community programmes in the former Soviet Union that would otherwise never have happened. So to continue and develop the work that has now been started, we are getting out in force on June 24th to garner support for the next phase of developments. I hate running, have never been a runner, and don’t know how! But we have to step up, right? New challenges, new horizons, new mindset!! So this is a first. Please get behind me and The Together Plan Team in this new challenge (and my first ever 5K run) – I for one am going to need all the support I can get!! Thanks for all the belief!!

Ben Burman

£0.00

Sponsor Me

I’m a hardworking determined guy who likes to challenge himself. Running has always been a sort of meditation and it’s one my favourite things to do to relax and unwind. This will be my second Maccabe fun run and I’m looking forward to raising more more for the together plan and to take part in such a great event.

Martin Carroll

£0.00

Sponsor Me

I’m Martin Carroll and I’m 36 years old. I’m a professional fitness trainer and boxing coach. I’m passionate about health, fitness, food, and helping others do what they think they can’t. I’m raising money for The Together Plan because I recognise I am blessed to be healthy and happy and therefore I want to give back to those less fortunate than myself.

Adrian Dayne

£0.00

I am stepping out to do the Maccabi Fun Run to support the fantastic work of The Together Plan. I fully recognise the dedication and hard work that is going into growing this small and impactful charity, bringing positive change to the lives of other people and I am glad to do my small bit to help.

Ian Fidler

£0.00

This 10K run will be my first ever charity run. Having seen first hand the work of The Together plan in Belarus I cant think of a better cause to ease myself into charity running. It was early 2017 when I started jogging and only a couple of times a month for a while. It was the summer months when I mapped out a local 5k route that I’d run more regularly, often ramping it up to 10K. It’s enjoyable in a brutal way sometimes! At the start of 2018 I tried Park Run which has given me the experience of running with others whose mere presence around me is motivation to run quicker. Running this 10K for the Together Plan will be an honour.

Katie Hainbach

£0.00

I work at Alyth Synagogue as Head of Music & Arts. I grew up in Dublin, Ireland and was completely uninterested in sports and keeping fit at school. However in 2016 I caught the running bug and went on to complete the London Marathon in April 2017, raising over £3000 for The Stroke Association in the process. My love of running has continued since my first marathon and I have now completed 3 half marathons and numerous 10Ks and am about to run my second marathon in Manchester. I’m looking forward to taking part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run 10K in June and raising lots of money for The Together Plan.

David Heller

£0.00

I’m Chief Pharmacist of a NHS Trust in Surrey and in my spare time I’m Chairman and Warden at Sutton Synagogue. I’ve run a couple of 10k events before but not for a couple of years, so I’m going Couch to 10k in about the time the NHS says Couch to 5k! When I told Debra that I was going to run the Maccabi event, she suggested a Brunner- Heller joint venture – so here I am, preparing to run 10k and raising some money for the Together Plan.

Team Herz–Barsam

£0.00

Sponsor Me

We are running for The Together Plan to help raise essential funds for remote communities in the former Soviet union. We are not seasoned runners but are looking forward to the challenge.

Lindsey Jacobs

£0.00

Sponsor Me

I’m a local caterer, running a kosher style business.  I’m supremely unfit but think the Together Plan is a charity worth breaking my lazy habits for!

Helen Kaplinsky

£0.00

I’m doing a 5k walk with my father Simon Kaplinsky. Your support will help raise funds for the very early stages of his plans to restore a synagogue in Belarus. We are both agnostic, this is not about religion. It’s about making the history and cultures Jews in Eastern Europe valued and visible to generations growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust and Soviet communism.

Background: My father’s family are from Slonim, in Belarus, a small town that was a Shtetl. Jewish culture flourished and had relative autonomy there between the 16th and mid 19th century. Today when you google Slonin the first suggested search that comes up is ‘Slonim massacre’. Despite this, these events, as well as the history of Jews is mostly hidden from view in the country itself, only recently being illuminated by the wonderful historian and curator Tamara Vershitskaya. She established the Museum of Jewish resistance and was the tour guide for our family’s visit in 2016. I grew up with stories of my grandfather (who i didn’t ever meet) waking up each morning, one day a Russian citizen, the next day a Pole. As a young boy he was kidnapped by the Russian army and had to dress as a girl to escape back to his family. So, as it goes my grandfather managed to leave Belarus and ended up in Cape Town (where my father was born), whilst his siblings had awful traumatic experiences which cannot be recounted here. His parents perished in a fire in the synagogue. That grand Baroque building built between 1635–42 has been left to crumble ever since the fire. From a recent report it has been identified as number 2 on the list of ruined synagogues of historical and cultural interest in Eastern Europe and so we are hoping to capitalise on this and begin plans to restore it. We hope that it might become a centre to discuss and share the richness of Jewish culture in the region over the 400 years they were settled there.

Simon Kaplinsky

£0.00

Once an average but enthusiastic sportsman I now have to make allowances for age and poor knee joints. I will do the 5k walk enthusiastically, but most likely slower than the everyone else. I am fundraising to support our exciting project to renovate the Great Synagogue in Slonim, the town where my father was born.

Aleksi Knuutila

£0.00

Though intermittently an enthusiastic runner, I will do the 5k walk together with my partner Helen Kaplinsky and her dad Simon Kaplinsky. They are working on a project to restore a synagogue in Belarus, in a town called Slonim. It is a place with a connection to their family and a very tragic story to it. The 17th century synagogue, once a centre for lively and autonomous Jewish minority, has been in ruins since the second world war. With my walk I wish to give a small contribution towards these efforts to restore the synagogue to be a place for remembering Jewish life in the region.

Josh Leitner

£0.00

Sponsor Me

My name is Josh Leitner and at the age of 47 I took up running last year for the first time. I will be running  (along with my trainer), on my fourth ever 10k. Really proud to be representing and competing on behalf  Debra Brunner and her Together Plan Charity, doing such amazing work  with  communities in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. My first target is of course to actually complete the race and then really  anything below 60 minutes will be a massive bonus.

Laura Phillips

£0.00

Sponsor Me

Five years ago my husband, son and I were lucky enough to go on a trip to Belarus with a group of families from our community in Finchley, all who had children going through the Bar Mitzvah programme. I was struck by the kindness and sense of community growing in Polotsk thanks to the work of the charity – here we met a fantastic group of people who were unaware of their heritage but desperate to learn and become part of a real community with tradition and substance. I was brought up not knowing where exactly my great-great-grandparents came from, but I realised then how similar our backgrounds were likely to be and felt a connection. A few years later I did a DNA ancestry test and discovered my DNA is 97% Eastern European, pinpointed around Belarus, Russia and Poland. So the saying ‘Their people are my people’ is really true. This is why I am supporting the great work The Together Plan do in bringing back Jewish community and culture to areas who sadly lost their history in horrific times.

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