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
The Together Plan Office
Vlad “Bob” Zaiko
Youth for Youth
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.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Chair of Trustees