The Together Plan’s London co-director Debra Brunner was invited to attend the opening of the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre at Highgate Synagogue. The Centre was officially opened by former UK prime minister Sir John Major.
Sir Martin Gilbert was the foremost Anglo-Jewish historian of his generation, and was a thoroughly respected and ubiquitous figure in both Jewish and academic circles. The official biographer of Churchill, Sir Martin passionately advocated for the plight of the Jews of the Soviet Union, championing the refusenik cause.
The Together Plan believes that the legacy of Sir Martin’s work around the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe must be maintained, and that we must reconnect with those Jews still living in the region, encouraging them to engage with their Judaism. The Together Plan will be featured permanently in the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre, a new space from which we can engage people with the compelling Jewish story of the former Soviet Union.