The Together Plan once again brought Mitzvah Day International, the UK Jewish social action and tzedakah day, to our partner communities in Belarus.
This year we facilitated our largest ever number of social action initiatives, with activities happening simultaneously in Polotsk, Brest, Minsk, Slonim, Slutsk and Mogilev. In Slonim the communities laid flowers at the memorial to the victims of the Slonim Ghetto liquidation, and cleared rubbish and leaves from around the ruins of the Slonim Synagogue, alongside medical students from the city as well as our office team from Minsk, with the Israeli ambassador in attendance. In addition, The Together Plan visited the most vulnerable members of our communities, the elderly and infirm, delivering challot and other items.
At The Together Plan we believe that it is not enough simply to describe our UK annual social action day to communities in Belarus. Instead it is incumbent on us to empower our partner communities to feel independent and active, participate in tikkun olam (repairing the world) and do mitzvot in their own communities. This is a transformative process to witness, especially after the years of reliance on external agencies which fostered a culture of dependance. In their newly found self-sustainability, these communities are now encouraging their members to be a part of the community capacity building that is so sorely needed.