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The Slonim Great Synagogue Restoration Campaign is run by a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is advised by experts on heritage conservation internationally and in Belarus. Additionally, a Technical Subcommittee has advised on design and procurement.

Simon Kaplinsky


Engineer and project manager with

family links to Slonim

Derek Spitz

A commercial barrister with

international experience

Ezra Mehlman

Healthcare investor and professor at

Columbia University Business School,

with family links to Slonim

Tszwai So

Director of award-winning

Spheron Architects

David Webster

Communications professional with

extensive experience in Central and

Eastern Europe

Steering Committee

Technical Subcommittee

Simon Kaplinsky


MSC C.Eng MIStructE.

Retired engineer, previously

Director of PRP Architects

Tszwai So

MA (Cantab), RIBA. Designer of Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London

Ian Angus


Carden & Godfrey Architects

Deborah Lazarus

MA (Cantab) CEng FIStructE

FICE FRSA. Recently retired from ARUP

Christoper Young

MA (Oxon), World Heritage Consultant

Former Head - International Advice, English Heritage

Special Advisors

Dr Sergey Kravstov

Senior Research Associate,

Center for Jewish Art,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Vladimir Levin


Center for Jewish Art,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP

Former UK Minister of State

Natasha Kaplinksy OBE

TV presenter and journalist

Zvi Shefet

Chairman, Slonim Jewish Association

in Israel

Fionna Gibb OBE

Former HM Ambassador to Belarus

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