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BWC Responds to Chapel Hill Tragedy

In response to the Chapel Hill tragedy, Mike Felsen and Rosa Blumenfeld attended a Friday night vigil at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on February 13th, 2015 and delivered the following:

I'm Mike Felsen, past president of BWC, a Jewish cultural and social justice community here in greater Boston. With me is Rosa Blumenfeld, our current president. We're with you this evening both as individuals and on behalf of our Workmen’s Circle Jewish community to share our grief and empathy following the tragic events in Chapel Hill a few days ago.

Welcome to Our New Executive Director!

Dear Community Members,

We are thrilled to announce that Boston Workmen’s Circle has hired our new Executive Director: Jen Kiok. After a thorough search process with candidate interviews, two community meetings, and a final Board interview and vote, Jen was selected. She will be at BWC full time starting February 25th, 2015. So much incredible work has gone into building the vibrant secular, Jewish community that we are today. And with a new Executive Director in place, we are ready to take the next step into the future.

Join us this Sunday for our Children's Annual Labor Protest!

Please join the Boston Workmen's Circle Shule fifth-grade class as they demonstrate in support of the Harvard Doubletree Hotel workers.

Update on Transitions at Boston Workmen's Circle

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BWC a Community Partner of This Year's Boston Jewish Film Festival

The Boston Jewish Film Festival will be held Nov.. 5-17 at theatres in the Greater Boston area. We are a Community Partner for the films "The Pin," "Transit" and "Watchers of the Sky."

Remembering Leonard Fein

Past Boston Workmen's Circle President Mike Felsen shares his remembrances of visionary Leonard (Leibel) Fine (1934-2014). The original tribute appeared in The Jewish Advocate on Thurs., Oct. 16, 2014.

The Cloth From Which We Are Cut: Two BWC Members Commemorate Strike

Vicki Gabriner and Linda Stern, BWC members and sopranos in A Besere Velt, Boston Workmen's Circle's Yiddish community chorus, have recently had their work published in a new book.

A Philosopher’s Take on Jewish History — For Teenagers

veterans of history silver

Earlier this year, Boston Workmen's Circle published The Veterans of History: A Young Person’s History of the Jews, by member and former Shule director Mitchell Silver. In an op-ed piece for The Times of Israel, reposted here, past-President Mike Felsen shares what he learned in conversation with Silver about what led the philosopher to write this three-hundred-plus page teenager’s guide to the Jewish story.

"Jews of No Religion": The End of American Jewish Identity?

Mike Felsen

Our recent past-President Mike Felsen has written an blog post for Patheos' Conversations on Religious Trends seies. In this piece, shared here, Mike offers his perspective on where progressive "Jews of no religion" can find rich community life and identity—places like the Boston Workmen's Circle and its kindred Jewish cultural and social justice communal organizations.

In Memory of Leibel Fein

We are sad to announce the passing of beloved Boston Workmen's Circle community member and social justice activist Leonard (Leibel) Fein.