“The Workmen's Circle is my Jewish community because it allows me to express all the different aspects of my Jewish identity in one place. It’s where I act for change while being part of a larger, inter-generational community.”
Adult Education Courses
Our adult education programming is geared toward exploring the meaning of Jewish history, ritual, and thought from a secular perspective. Courses are taught by highly qualified and stimulating guest instructors.
There are usually two courses each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The number of sessions ranges from four to six, and tuition varies. Pre-registration is required. At least once every two years we offer a basic Jewish literacy course for new members.
Whether you are Jewish or non-Jewish, and whatever your level of Jewish knowledge, we invite you to learn, question, and challenge your thinking.
Upcoming for 2016: The Secular Talmud Part II
Taught by Mónica Gomery
Six sessions will meet on March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1, and May 15 from 4-5:30 PM at the BWC Building at 1762 Beacon Street in Brookline.
**Please note that our registration deadline is February 29 and that sliding scale rates are available!**
Mónica Gomery brings with her many years of experience studying and teaching Judaism, and is now beginning her fifth year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew College. Mónica's interests include poetry, communal singing, Talmud study, pastoral care, and racial/economic/gender justice. Mónica has been blessed to work as a Jewish educator at numerous institutions, working with five year olds up to ninety-five year olds, as far away as Chile and as nearby as her neighborhood shteibel in Jamaica Plain. Lately you can find her exploring the question of how studying the vibrant, nerdy, deeply radical tradition of Jewish text can enliven us to live bolder, more ethical, and more open-hearted lives. She is thrilled to teach for the first time at Boston Workmen's Circle and learn with all of you!
Beginner and intermediate experience with Talmud welcome! Texts will be learned in English translation with access to the original. No previous courses [or experience with Jewish text] required.
- BWC Members: $80
- Non-members: $100
- Sliding scale rate BWC Members: $20
- Sliding scale rate non-members: $30
THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO REGISTER:
►BY CREDIT CARD over the phone: Call the Workmen's Circle office at 617.566.6281.
►BY CHECK: Mail your check, made payable to "Boston Workmen’s Circle," to 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Please be sure to include your address, phone and email.
Don't let price be a barrier. Please contact Liz to discuss options.
Past courses include:
- Blacks and Jews: Affinities, Departures and the Interweaving of Identities
- The Secular Talmud Part I
- Ashkenazi Identity and White Jews Working Against Racism
- Interpreting Jewish History
- Exploring Jewish Identity: History and Traditions of Mizrachi, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi Cultures
- U.S. Labor Post-WWII: From Reds Under the Bed to the War on Public Sector Workers
- History of the Jewish Left
- Jewish Literacy 101
- Zionism and the Roads not Taken
- Islam 101
- From Religion to Nation: The Evolution of Modern Jewish Identity