Community Greetings

- Welcome to A New Year -

 

Dear BWC Community,
 
On Yom Kippur last week, our d'varist Haley Kossek shared powerful personal and political stories that echoed our century-old Arbeter Ring Principles of 1905:

מיר קעמפּפֿען קעגן קראַנקהײַט, פֿרי-צײַטיקן טויט, און קאַפּיטאַליזמוס
(We Fight Sickness, Premature Death & Capitalism).
 
 
In case you weren't able to join us during the High Holidays, I wanted to share the greetings that I offered to the over 600(!) people who were gathered with us - including organizational updates, ways to get involved, and upcoming events.
 
The BWC has many names. People call us a community, an organization, a family, a congregation - and we are also a team.Everyone on BWC’s team has a unique role, and while all of our roles require different skills and time commitments, everyone gets to add their energy, ideas, critiques, and vision.
 
Our team is growing. I am so excited to announce that Michelle Weiser has been promoted to the BWC’s Deputy Director in order to better support this community and implement our collective vision. I can’t believe how lucky we are to add Maddy Popkin, our new Cultural Worker and Member Organizer, and Alexandra Corwin, our new Education Directorto our staff team. And we are also thinking of how to equitably distribute leadership, and I'm excited to share that Sarah Chapple-Sokol is joining me as Co-President of the Board of Directors, and Dan Gelbtuch is our newest Board member.
 
And our team isn’t just the amazing staff, incredible board, and hardworking committee chairs of our 15 member-led committees. As a member-led organization, YOU are the most important part of our team! (If you haven't yet joined or renewed your BWC membership - click here!)
 
I know how hard it is to figure out where to connect and plug in when you are new (and even when you’re not). A great place to start is to scroll through our community offerings bookletand see below for some upcoming highlighted events. You are also welcome to reach out to Maddy who can meet with you 1:1 and help you get involved. Stay tuned for information about a new member orientation.
 
We invite you to not just show up, but to take charge. Work with a planning team. I invite you to join the Fundraising Committee to help build our capacity. Help make our community be more accessible and inclusive by joining the Equity and Inclusion Committee. Work to build a besere velt / a better world by joining one of our social justice committeesSee a full list of our Committees and find their co-chair contact information here.
 
And finally, I am inviting everyone in this room to reach out to all of your contacts, especially those in real estate, and help us find an accessible building so that this team can have it’s very own clubhouse, where no one has to struggle to get up the stairs!
 
I am asking all of you to keep contributing - your minds to help our board and committees vision for the future of this organization, your hearts to connect to the other people in this room and to both find your home here and help build this home for others, your hands to make art for our next ritual program, to stuff envelopes, to hold signs, to hug each other, your voices to speak up against injustice in the world and even here in the BWC to help us be accountable to each other, and your resources to help fund this work.
 
Let’s keep working and playing together.
 
Gut yontif,
 

Riva Pearson
Co-President of the BWC Board of Directors
 
 

 

 

 
 
Friday, Sept. 28, 6:15 PM @ BWC
Join us for a communal potluck, shabes ritual, and group singing to celebrate Sukes in our very own Sukkah! Hosted by the BWC Young Adult Community.
 
 
Weds., Oct. 3, 7:00 PM @ BWC
Spend an evening learning about the work of Mossawa, which advocates for Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, in light of Israel's National State Law. 
 
 
Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 AM @ Davis Square
Join BWC at this year's HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. We'll be marching with Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band!
 
 
Saturday, Oct. 13, 3:30 PM @ 1550 Beacon St.
Would you enjoy singing in a spirited and harmonious multi-generational chorus? A Besere Velt is a great place to give it a try! There are no auditions, and no knowledge of Yiddish is required.  
 
 
Sunday, Oct. 14, 10:30 AM @ 50 Druce St.
Back by popular demand, this Fall we will host a series of facilitated discussion groups on growing older, with opportunities for personal sharing and reflection.
 
 
Starting Mon. & Tues., Oct. 15 & 16, 7:30 PM @ BWC
Whether you are a complete beginner or grew up speaking the language, we have a class that will accommodate you. Classes run 9 evenings, from Beginner to Advanced levels.
 
 
Sunday, Oct. 21, 4:00 PM @ BWC
This talk, richly illustrated with Yiddish song, explores immigrant history through lyrics that tell tales of an immigrant culture in flux. 
 
 
Sunday, Oct. 28, 3:00 PM @ BWC
Members of Boston SURJ attended the opening Summit of EJI's new museum & memorial in Alabama. Join AFREJ for their report-back presentation on anti-racism and discussion on why the memorial and museum matter today and in New England.
 
 
Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture & Social Justice
1762 Beacon St. Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 566-6281 | info@circleboston.org
www.circleboston.org