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 Committe is advised by experts on community development 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

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


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 tunnelling projects

Dr Christopher Young

MA (Oxon). Independent Heritage Consultant and former Head of International Advice at English Heritage

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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