Make a unique piece of Judaica or hold a collection
Help the Together Plan to support Jewish families in Belarus by making a Challah Cover or a Mezuzah. You could also organise a collection of Judaica items such as Kippot, Tallit, Kiddush Cups or Menorah (but please, no books).
Take a look at https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/pjblog/august-2017/5-special-challah-covers which has lots of great ideas on how to make a beautiful Challah Cover or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw30xsB7ElU to see how to make a Mezuzah from clay.
To find out more and to arrange a drop off please see https://thetogetherplan.com/community/aid-together/ or contact us by phone on +44 (0) 20 3375 0656
Why we need your help….
Belarus is a country in eastern Europe, located between Poland to the west and Russia to the east.
Belarus is a young country, which became independent of the Soviet Union as recently as 1991. During the seventy years of Soviet rule, the state exercised total control over, and intrusion into, every aspect of an individual’s life. The authorities applied divide-and-rule tactics. They encouraged people to report each other for crimes (real and invented), leading to widespread mistrust and the destruction of community life.
Before the Soviet era, Jews in the Russian Empire were required to live in the so-called Pale of Settlement (modern Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states), and they constituted about one quarter of the population of Belarus. After the invasion of the USSR by Nazi Germany in 1941, Belarus became the front line and its Jewish population was all but wiped out. The Minsk Ghetto, notorious throughout Europe for its inhuman living conditions, was destroyed and its inhabitants murdered, while death camps in Belarus became the testing grounds for Zyklon-B, the toxic gas used widely to exterminate Jews across Europe. The few survivors – some of whom had escaped to Jewish partisan brigades in the forests of Northern Belarus – continued to suffer after the war due to discrimination and the prohibition by law of religious (including Jewish) practice.
Belarus was badly affected by the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986. Large areas of land were contaminated, and their populations continue to suffer from illnesses and disabilities caused by radiation exposure.