The Jewish Community of Polotsk, Belarus, is to feature in a TV series produced by a national television company, which we understand will be broadcast in early 2018. Each episode explores the genealogy of a celebrity guest, uncovering sometimes fascinating stories from their family history – including, in one case, a relative who was a teacher of Torah in Polotsk more than a century ago!
The Polotsk Community was able to provide an insight into Jewish life in Polotsk during the Russian Empire, as well as showcasing the best of modern Jewish life including a session of Sunday School. With a background in working with children herself, our celebrity guest (whose identity we’re required to keep secret for now!) was very taken with the project. The crew also filmed the Jewish cemetery of Bobynichi, near Polotsk, which the community works to maintain. We are thrilled that the visit was such a success and that Polotsk and The Together Plan are to appear on such a prestigious platform. Watch this space for more updates, including where you can watch the programme once it airs.