Around the Circle

Self-Reflection, the Labor Movement and Black Lives Matter: Rosh Hashanah Dvar from Tolle Graham

It is fitting for my remarks today that Labor Day was just a week ago, when we celebrated the invaluable contributions of working people who built this country and who also built the middle class. Labor Day also involves self-evaluation: labor leaders and even President Obama at this year’s Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day breakfast talked about the labor movement’s values, our successes and challenges, while calling on all of us as unionists, workers, and the electorate to recommit ourselves to fighting for the rights and dignity of working people.

Join A Besere Velt - Come to an Open Rehearsal!

A Besere Velt – A Better World – is proud to be a “voice” for justice.  This 92-member community chorus weaves the heartache and irrepressible idealism of Yiddish folk music into a vision of justice and humanity for the 21st century. From haunting melodies to workers’ anthems, the songs come alive with multi-layered harmonies.

Boston Workmen's Circle Supports Iran Deal

Guided by our Jewish and progressive values, the Boston Workmen's Circle strongly supports Congressional endorsement of the agreement to curtail Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons.

Executive Director Jen Kiok and BWC Respond to Charleston, SC Massacre

Last night 60 members of our community gathered at our annual meeting to talk about building a more inclusive, caring, inter-generational community that works together towards racial justice.
As we gathered with our community in Boston, members of The Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church gathered with their community in Charleston, SC. Their prayer service turned into a hate filled racist massacre.    

Report Back: Notes from Our Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Annual Meeting on June 17th! It was a powerful evening of visioning together.  If you missed it, there's still many ways to get involved. We spent much of the evening in 4 breakout groups: 


  1. Building an Inclusive, Inter-generational Community
  2. Caring for Each Other/Life Cycle Support
  3. Racial Justice, Internal
  4. Racial Justice, External

Report Back: A Community Conversation on Racial Justice

“If the world is sick, can’t no one be well and I dreamt we were all beautiful and strong.”

On April 26th, 35+ members of the Boston Workmen's Circle (BWC) community gathered for a community conversation on racial justice.  After gathering to protest police violence at Chanukah and to lift up #Black Lives Matter at our Passover seder, this was an opportunity to reflect and strategize about our long term commitment to racial justice: Where have we succeeded in working for racial justice as a community and where have we missed the mark?

Boston Workmen's Circle Annual Meeting

Fun Dor Tsu Dor / From Generation to Generation

Wednesday June 17th, 6-9 pm

Join us as we envision together how to create an inclusive, caring, inter-generational community Working as an organization towards racial justice

GBIO May 12th Action

Over 1800 energized and raucous GBIO members and allies gathered on May 12th at Trinity Church on Copley Square for GBIO’s Mass Assembly and Action, including 20 members of Workmen’s Circle.  Those assembled made up a very diverse group of people spanning the range of racial, class and geographic differences that make up Greater Boston, and were there to speak truth to power and build working relationships with them.

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Boston Workmen’s Circle Development & Communications Associate

The Development and Communications Associate will design and implement communications strategies and materials for all BWC activities, including printed materials, online communication and social media/marketing.

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.