It was summer 2018 in the depths of the dense Belarusian forests where we ran our first ever residential young adults summer programme in Belarus. Planned and executed by members of our Youth for Youth team with a passion for social change, the programme delivered workshops and sessions to build connections, to educate and inspire, and it was called Zoymen – Yiddish meaning ‘seed’. The name was chosen to symbolise new life and revival, and reflect the goals of The Together Plan and Youth for Youth: to understand our past, to inspire in the present, to build for the future.
This summer, the Youth for Youth team were set to be running their 2020 programme in Minsk, which would have brought 30 young people together. Coronavirus may have physically ground everything to a halt, but it certainly didn’t put a hold on the drive and enthusiasm of the Youth for Youth team. If anything, it helped to consolidate the members and bring them closer in virtual spaces. What has manifested is a reimagined summer programme which will be delivered in August online and open to everyone.
The event is called Zoom in to Zoymen and is a one-day event bringing together presenters and speakers from all over the world. The topics are fascinating and intriguing in equal measure. Come and learn about: the Belarusians who fought for the British in World War II, the Jewish Partisans who survived in the dense forests between 1941 and 1943, learn about the handful of Jews who shaped the popular music we listen to today. Meet the Belarusian who survived Chernobyl who is today leading on COVID.
Listen to Yiddish specialists in the UK and in Belarus discussing the intimate relationship that exists between the Yiddish language and the overall history of Judaism in Belarus, and hear more about the projects of The Together Plan. The full programme and the speaker biographies can be found here and look out for the sessions that are in English, Russian or dual language.
Let’s be together, from wherever we are, because In the virtual world there are no borders.
We look forward to welcoming you on the day.
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