2018: Year In Review

Dear Friend,
 
It has never been more clear to me how much we need each other, and our Jewish-justice communal home. I feel this in my gut and I see this every day at Boston Workmen's Circle.  
 
Over the past 2 years, our membership has grown from 385 to 550+ members.
This growth means more people, organizing increasingly ambitious and varied programs, with broader and deeper impact. We are in it for the long-haul, simultaneously building a tight knit and caring community, while educating, mobilizing, and acting for justice. 
In the coming year, we hope to grow our staff to meet the increasing needs of our community. We need your help to make it happen! Please make a generous donation and help us reach our end of year goal of $60,000.
 
Here are a few highlights from the past year, that your support makes possible:
 
  • Our Shule Sunday School, Circle Playtime Preschool program, and Teens Acting For Social Change cohort combined this year are serving over 150 young people and their families ages 0-16. For the first time, we had to create 2 Kindergarten classes to serve our growing community of young families! 
  • Our Aging in Community cohort hosted over 10 programs for BWC members in their 60's, 70's, 80's - including book discussions, an intergenerational shabes, and facilitated small groups on topics such as aging in place, health care, death and dying, and identity post retirement. 
  • We offered 4 levels of Yiddish classes for 2 semesters, in addition to our monthly Yiddish singing group, our young adult Yiddish svive, Yiddish conversation and reading groups, and fun outings like a Yiddish bowling night. 
  • Our Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Working Group helped launch the Accompaniment Network, coordinating over 450 volunteers to support immigrants facing deportation through being in court with them, providing rides, raising thousands of dollars for bond and material needs once people are released, and providing housing.  
  • We partnered with our Muslim allies on the Resisting Surveillance project, educating Muslim communities and allies in five cities about the dangers of the federal "Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE) program.
  • We hosted two Adult Education courses this year: Israel-Palestine: Why the Peace Process Failed and What to Do About It; and a Jewish Identity and Racial Justice course in collaboration with Moishe Kavod House. In the Spring of 2019 we'll be offering a Mussar for Activists class and Understanding Islam - stay tuned!
  • In October, we launched a new program - BWC Arts & Culture Kolektiv (BWCACK!) and we marched in the HONK! Parade with dozens of our members in strollers, on stilts, and with our dancing feet - finding joy together in a distressing, depressing, and isolating time.
We are doing all of this with only 3 full time and 3 part time staff. Please make a generous donation today to help us sustain this growth!
With gratitude,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director