Announcing Our New Name: Boston Workers Circle!

It's official. We just changed our name to the Boston Workers Circle! 
 
This change has been more than two years in the making, and it is a direct result of the incredible Shule Class of 2019 students who wrote a petition to our board, saying:
 
"We believe that as an organization that is inclusive of everyone, our name should reflect that. As a class, we are learning about how discrimination and prejudice plays out in our world yesterday and today. Currently, our name is not reflective of our social justice [values].
 
When the BWC was founded, it was referred to as the 'Arbeter Ring.' 'Arbeter' is a gender-neutral term, so the English translation should reflect that."
 
The students were only 10 and 11 years-old when they created the name change petition. And their activism spread beyond Boston - yesterday, our national affiliate rolled-out their own name change as The Workers Circle. 
 
In the past year, we served 4,000 people through over 200 programs. ALL of our programs are sliding scale. That means no one is turned away & we rely on the extra support from people who are able to give more. Our history is in mutual aid. We look to you to keep making this possible. 
 
 
Jasper Milstein, one of the students who wrote the petition, reflected: "We were able to change the name of a 100-year-old organization, an organization that my great-grandparents on both sides were active members of, and I know they would be cheering us on."
 
I'm asking you to reflect on what it means to you to carry on these Jewish traditions of justice & to make a generous donation in honor of our name change and legacy. As little as $18 today will make a difference.
 
In Solidarity,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director
 
P.S. In the next few weeks, you'll receive a letter in the mail telling the full story of how our name change came to be. We'll also be sharing a video of the students telling the story themselves next week - so stay tuned!