Meet the Team Behind The Together Plan

Like all communities, it’s our wonderful community members that make us special. We’d love you to meet them!


Lady Esther Gilbert

I am lucky to have relatives – a few in Canada, in Israel, in the United States. If not for the Holocaust I would also have relatives in Belarus and Ukraine – and these are just the ones I know about. Most of the close relatives I grew up ‘with’ were dead already, but I know (and carry) some of their names, have some photographs, and have stood in some of the villages where they lived and the fields and forests where they are buried. Their memory is part of how I look at the world and hopefully has been transmitted to my children. Memory is also a part of the Jews who live in our ancestral homeland today. Their journey back to Jewish life after the Holocaust and the deprivations of the Soviet regime, is due in no small measure to the work of Debra Brunner and The Together Plan.

Two years ago I met Debra and Artur Livshyts at a film they presented. I brought Artur a copy of my late husband Sir Martin Gilbert’s book Atlas of Jewish History , to take back to Belarus with him for the community there. In hearing about the work The Together Plan is doing in rekindling Jewish life and culture in the very places where our ancestors put Yiddishkeit on the map, I was in awe.

The Jews of Belarus that The Together Plan are reaching are not the embers of the vibrant Jewish life of the Pale of Settlement. We, the descendants of Jews who came West before or during the last century, we are the embers of that life that has kept the flame going. The Jews in these eastern lands have survived Soviet, Nazi, and again Soviet occupation, have had their families, their religion, and their culture ripped from them, and have seen so many take advantage of open borders to move to Israel and the West. But their communities in Belarus are being reinvigorated and reconnected with Jewish life, their communities are taking shape and gaining strength. The Together Plan is playing an important role in memorialising Jewish history in Belarus and helping to create vibrant Jewish communities there, while at the same time connecting communities in the UK and lending expertise and energy. ‘Together’ the flame of Jewish life will burn even brighter.

Lady (Esther) Gilbert, wife of the late Sir Martin Gilbert, editor of his website and creator of his monthly newsletters

As Esther Goldberg, Creator and Editor of the three volumes of Holocaust Memoir Digest, published by Vallentine Mitchell


Debra Brunner

London, UK

Artur Livshyts

Minsk, Belarus

The Together Plan Office


Jonathan Clingman

Development Coordinator
Minsk, Belarus

Jack Baum

Project Coordinator
London, UK

Vlad “Bob” Zaiko

Youth Ambassador
Minsk, Belarus

Sam Brunner

London, UK

Abi Brunner

London, UK

Victor Raspopov

Minsk, Belarus

Elaine Collins

London, UK

Paul Ginsberg

IT Consultant
Naturally IQ | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bett Demby

London, UK

Youth for Youth

Rina Freydinzon

Polotsk, Belarus

Sonia Richardson

London, UK

Jake Goldman

London, UK

Nastya Savchenko

Polotsk, Belarus

Polina Rubinchik

Polotsk, Belarus

Sophie Teff

London, UK

Nick Trapp

London, UK

Aid Together

Suzanne Goodman

Project Coordinator

Neil Clowes


Stephanie Aptaker

Natalie Baskin

Volunteers & Associates

In addition to our small core team, The Together Plan is lucky to have the support of many individuals across a variety of professions, who kindly volunteer their services and expertise.

Tamara Vershitskaya

Novogrudok, Belarus

Tzswai So

Spheron Architects | London, UK

Archie Lyons

Graphic Design
Archie Lyons | London, UK

Jo-Ann Myers

Jewish Educator
Leo Baeck College | London, UK

Ben Burman

Bold Mountain Media | London, UK

Eli Kaufman

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Paul Demby

Chair of Trustees

Michael Bernstein

Barbara Welford

Rabbi Lisa Barrett