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JOB POSTING: OFFICE MANAGER

Boston Workmen’s Circle (BWC) seeks an administrator to anchor our work of building community, celebrating Jewish culture and working towards social change. You will serve as a key member of a small staff team who work together to support the grassroots leadership of our members. Click here for more information on how to apply

Community Briefing on Workmen's Circle Building

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday, February 28th for the community meeting about the Boston Workmen's Circle building sale and move. Read this post for more information about the building sale and move process. 

10 Year Olds on the Picket Line: 5th Grade Students Stand with Workers

The fifth-grade students from our Jewish Cultural Sunday School, joined by fast food workers from Fight for $15 Massachusetts and community supporters, held a protest Sunday afternoon at the Cleveland Circle Dunkin’ Donuts to call for a $15 per hour wage and the right to unionize for all fast-food workers.

The ten-year-olds and supporters shouted chants such as: “Hold the bagels, hold the crullers, Dunkin’s pay us 15 dollars!” and “What do we want? 15! When do we want it? Now!” before delivering to management over one hundred petition signatures they collected.

Teens at Boston Workmen's Circle are Acting for Social Change

We are delighted that Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC), BWC's youth organizing program, is back up and running this fall! The group meets on Tuesdays and Sundays and would love to welcome any interested 8th or 9th graders.
 
In November, TASC youth supported the Fight for $15 March for Racial and Economic Justice (pictured above) in Boston as part of a nationwide day of action and learning. In late October, two TASC youth combined trick or treating with gathering signatures in support of the Fair Share Amendment!

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?