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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Jonathan Clingman

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Those of you who know me know I take Belarusian Jewish community fairly seriously. So seriously that I’ve joined their ranks: I live in Minsk, Belarus, working as a community development coordinator with The Together Plan.

For me, as soon as the decision was taken to be represented at the Fun Run, non-participation was never an option. And the 1500-mile geographic separation from north London is no obstacle either: a group of Belarusian Jewish youth and I will be doing our 10k along the banks of the Svisloch, starting at The Together Plan’s Belarus office and ending at the Yama (literally ‘pit’) where the inhabitants of the Minsk Ghetto were exterminated in 1942.

We’re being joined by representatives of the Minsk Ghetto Survivors’ Association; Paralympic champion, sports coach and long-standing partner of The Together Plan Boris Bachkovsky, and the deputy British Ambassador to Belarus Ian Fox. We’ll also be live-streaming the walk, so keep an eye on our social media to see how we get along!

Adrian Dayne

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Pickle & Paint

📅 Sunday 20th May 2018

🕢 3:30pm

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

🎟️ Standard £10 | Concession £8

Have you ever wondered how to pickle and why pickling was so  important in Eastern Europe? Do you know why we put stones on  Jewish graves and not flowers? And have you ever tried to turn a stone into a flower?

Come and join this family friendly Shavuot afternoon, join our pickling workshop, paint a stone and learn more about the Jews of Eastern Europe today. A community event for all ages.

Bring a pickling jar, green beans to pickle and a stone to paint (Information will be emailed on registration).

Paints, brushes and spices will be provided.

Finchley Reform Synagogue 101 Fallowcourt Avenue N12 0BE

Entry: £10.00, children under 16 and concessions £8.00

Includes tea and cake (including Belarusian cheesecake).

All proceeds raised will go to the FRS Belarus Project supporting the Jewish Educational Cultural Centre in Polotsk

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Belarusian Cultural Evening at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue

📅 Sunday 8th April 2018

🕢 7:30pm—10:00pm

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

🎟️ Standard £15 | Concession £10

10% discount for Friends of The Together Plan!
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Join us for a stimulating interactive evening of Belarusian culture in support of Jewish communities in Belarus and the former Soviet Union.

Written and created by three young people with a passion for Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Jewish and Yiddish culture, this live revue gives a fascinating and moving account of our collective history, achievements, hopes and dreams.

Join us on a journey journey through the rich history, culture and traditions of Belarus through poetry, music, film, history, Yiddish, and more. Sample Belarusian vodka, enjoy traditional delicacies including herring and hand-made pickles, and connect with like-minded people in a welcoming and informal setting, supporting EHRS’s Belarus Project in partnership with The Together Plan.

There will be a reception with traditional Belarusian drinks and snacks, tea & coffee, and light refreshments, followed by the main performance. The event will last approximately 2 ½ hours including reception and interval.

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To book tickets, please use the form below, or contact The Together Plan office on 0203 375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com. For reasons of security tickets are not transferable. When booking tickets, please ensure the names of all guests are correct. We cannot guarantee your entry if your ticket is not in your name.

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The Together Plan International Film Festival: Labyrinth of Lies

  • 📅 Wednesday 6th December 2017
  • 🕢 7.30pm
  • 🗺 Finchley Reform Synagogue
    101 Fallow Ct Ave, London N12 0BE [map]
  • 🎟️ Standard £10 | Concession £8

The Together Plan International Film Festival presents its final screening of 2017: Labyrinth of Lies.

Set 20 years after the end of the Holocaust, this compelling and challenging German film follows a young lawyer in his efforts to bring a former Auschwitz guard to justice. But in a time when the war is just a memory that most would gladly forget, he is forced to explore his country’s traumatic past and confront collective memory and guilt head-on.

As always, there will be delicious homemade cakes, thought-provoking discussion, and the chance to find out more about the issues raised in the film and the work of The Together Plan in rebuilding Judaism after the tragedies of the 20th century.

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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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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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Advance booking is essential. Please book by contacting The Together Plan on 020 3375 0656 or at london@thetogetherplan.com, or using the form below.

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International Film Festival: Mystery Screening

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    101 Fallow Court Avenue, London N12 0BE
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  • Sunday 3rd September at 7:30pm

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  • £10 per film / £22.50 season ticket
  • 20% concession discount available

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Drama, intrigue, suspense, and – above all – mind-blowing performances by acclaimed actors: the third film in The Together Plan’s International Film Festival has it all. The catch: we’re not telling you what it is – yet. We promise you only a fascinating evening with delicious homemade cakes and the chance to learn more about The Together Plan’s work from our inspirational family of supporters, staff and volunteers. All this while enjoying one of the most important works of cinema to come out of Belarus. Join us at Finchley Reform Synagogue on Sunday 3rd September at 7.30pm for The Together Plan’s mystery film night. Whether you can’t wait to be there, or whether suspense is simply too much to bear, book your tickets today!

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Le Voyage de Fanny: The Together Plan International Film Festival

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  • Finchley Reform Synagogue
    101 Fallow Court Avenue, London N12 0BE
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  • Thursday 15th June at 7:30pm

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  • £10 per film / £22.50 season ticket
  • 20% concession discount available

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On Thursday 15th June, The Together Plan presents the second screening of its inaugural International Film Festival: Le Voyage de Fanny. Sensitive, thought-provoking and powerful, Le Voyage de Fanny tells the story of a group of schoolchildren who must undertake a dangerous journey across Europe to escape Nazi persecution. Inspired by a true story, the film follows twelve-year-old Fanny, who is given the task of leading 28 of her fellow pupils at a French boarding school to safety in Italy.

A compelling juxtaposition of childhood innocence with the horrors of war, Le Voyage de Fanny tells the inspiring true story of a twelve-year-old French girl given the task of saving her classmates from Nazi persecution. Managing to portray the horror and brutality of the Nazi regime through inference, tension and superb performances without the need for gratuitous and upsetting violence, this film is a must-see for all the family (age 11+).

This deeply affecting and mesmerising story is perfectly pitched, and the young cast are outstanding in their portrayal of bewildered innocence, alternating with the joy of responsibility when a moment suddenly and unexpectedly presents itself. Its warning from history feels especially apt in today’s troubled times.

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Throughout 2017, The Together Plan is showing four screenings of carefully selected films from Poland, France, Belarus and Germany on the theme of ‘heroes’. The films all address issues central to The Together Plan’s work, including Belarusian and Jewish history. Save the dates of the remaining screenings on 3rd September and 12th November 2017, or else buy a Season Ticket including entry to all three screenings for just £22.50. There is a 20% concession discount available.

Your support makes possible The Together Plan’s vital work, the results of which you see each week in our newsletters. Events like this are also a great opportunity to find out about our work in more detail, and meet the volunteers and fellow supporters who make it possible.

The Together Plan is organising the film festival in partnership with the Finchley Reform Synagogue Belarus Project (Registered Charity No. 1137577), who are supporting the Jewish community in Polotsk, Belarus.

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Walk The Line: Jewish Timeline

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Walk the Line is back! Raising money to help rebuild Jewish communities in the Former Soviet Union, all are welcome to join an epic sponsored walk of a Jewish Timeline of London.

Just as with our previous walks, along the Northern Line and The “Jew”-bilee, during our Jewish Timeline journey we’ll be tied together and in costume. This year, we’ll be all in green, the colour of The Together Plan, and of the Belarusian flag. On the flag, green represents the hope of spring, and the revival of land, forests, and fields. Join us in Walk The Line: Jewish Timeline, by walking or sponsoring, and you’ll be helping the revival of forgotten Jewish communities in Belarus and beyond.

You’ll be able to follow the walk on the day on The Together Plan’s Facebook and Twitter pages, which will give an insight into each of the sights visited…as well as how our tired feet are faring!

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Our Route

The 21-mile route begins at Mile End tube station at 9:00am. Beginning with the Jewish community’s immigrant routes in East London, we’ll march via an array of historical Jewish hotspots. From Bevis Marks, Brick Lane and Cable street, we’ll progress to David Ben-Gurion’s former home and the Jewish Museum, ending up in a thriving modern Jewish area of North London.

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Sponsor Us

Help make a real difference to the future of communities in the former Soviet Union

Sponsor Us Now

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Walk With Us

If you’d like to get even more involved, we’d love you to join us for all or part of the route. You’ll get to meet some amazing young people (we should know!) and be part of an inspiring and important project.

It’s free to walk with us – just fill out the form below! All we ask is that you help us with fundraising by asking your family and friends to sponsor you.

The walk begins at Mile End tube station, where we will meet at 9:00am.

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What is Walk the Line?

A few years ago, a few young adult members of Youth for Youth decided to walk the length of London Underground’s Northern Line – in onesies, and tied together – stopping at each station along the way. This unconventional fundraiser proved to be a huge success, raising over £1000, and was repeated two years later with the “Jew-bilee” line (wearing silly hats). This year, we decided to walk a different kind of line: a timeline of Jewish history, from the East End to Golders Green via a host of fascinating places in between. Researching the route took us through books, archives and the London Jewish Museum, and we have some truly illuminating stories to reveal as we walk.

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