The Streets of Jewish Minsk: 

A Journey Through History

Thursday, September 12

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 9:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Embark on a captivating journey through the streets of Jewish Minsk, exploring the rich cultural tapestry and historical significance of this vibrant community. This talk will transport you back to the bustling neighborhoods of Jewish Minsk, revealing the streets where the Jewish communities lived, worked and prayed, and to the contributions of its inhabitants from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century.

In the beginning of the 20th century more than half of the population of Minsk was Jewish, but today it is difficult to find traces of former Jewish life in the city. We will delve into the architectural landmarks, synagogues and industries that once thrived in Minsk, illustrating the dynamic social and cultural life of the Jewish population.

We will uncover the resilience and creativity that characterized Minsk's Jews, even in the face of adversity and persecution. By revisiting the streets of Jewish Minsk, we aim to celebrate the enduring legacy of a community that played a vital role in the city's history, ensuring its stories and contributions are remembered and cherished.

About Sonya

Sonya Shaipak is a Heritage Development Coordinator for The Together Plan, who lives in Belarus, Minsk. Sonya explores and researches Jewish history and culture at the charity which also helps her expand her experience for her personal growth. She has delved into Jewish heritage by creating audio tours of cities in Belarus and a database of the country's historical heritage. She also coordinates Jewish heritage clubs in Minsk, Gomel, Polotsk and Mogilev, promoting Jewish culture among the population.

Since 2023, Sonya has been actively working with Jewish communities in 13 cities across Belarus, implementing joint projects and holding events for them such as exhibitions, lectures and film screenings.

You will be asked to select one of these options:

General admission - $18

Supported admission - $9

Sponsor this talk  - $36

With your contribution you will also be donating to The Together Plan, a small charity with a big vision - to put Jewish Belarus and Ukraine back on the world map and help isolated Jewish communities find their voice and learn skills for self-development.