The Slonim Great Synagogue Restoration Campaign is run by a Steering Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage which works internationally on the preservation of Jewish Heritage. The Steering Committee is advised by experts on heritage conservation in Belarus, and is supported by the City of Slonim. The Steering Committee has a Technical Subcommittee, which advises on design and procurement.

Steering Committee Members

David Bearman

is a Founding Partner of Firefly Capital and a Trustee of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage

Simon Kaplinsky (Chair)

engineer and project manager with family links to Slonim

Michael Mail

Chief Executive of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage

Ezra Mehlman

a health care investor and professor at Columbia Business School in New York with family links to Slonim

Derek Spitz

a commercial barrister with international experience

Tszwai So

director of the awardwinning Spheron Architects

David Webster

Communications professional with extensive experience in Central and Eastern Europe

Special Advisors

Dr Sergey Kravtsov

Senior Research Associate, Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Vladimir Levin

Director of the Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Technical Subcommittee

Ian Angus

IDip Arch. RIBA, AABC Carden & Godfrey Architects,  currently working on the Inigo Jones Banqueting House, Whitehall and at HM Tower of London for Historic Royal Palaces and for the National Trust at Ham House and Osterley

Simon Kaplinsky

MSc  C.Eng  MIStrucE. Retired. Engineer and previously Director of Development in a large housing authority and Director of PRP Architiects,  specializing in project management, building construction, refurbishment and community engagement

Deborah Lazarus

MA (Cantab) CEng FIStructE FICE FRSA Recently retired from Arup, with expertise in the conservation and re-use of heritage buildings, and extensive recent experience of building damage assessment and protection during urban projects

Dr Christopher Young

MA (Oxon). Independent Heritage Consultant and former Head of International Advice at English Heritage. He has worked with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on policy issues, and with ICCROM and ICOMOS on World Heritage matters

Tszwai So

MA (Cantab), RIBA. Following a masters degree in Heritage, Tszwai researched traditional religious buildings in Belarus. His Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London won a RIBA design award and first prize in the Religion category at the World Architecture Festival. He won an EU design competition for a square to commemorate victims of totalitarianism in Brussels and won the RIBA Eye Line competition

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