In the Middle: Race, Justice and the Ashkenazim

Taught by Chris Messinger

This class will consist of five sessions, starting Monday, May 8th (May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, June 5th, June 12th).  Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Class meets from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the BWC Building at 1762 Beacon Street in Brookline*.

Course Overview:
"In The Middle" focuses on the experience of Ashkenazi Jews in the US, with three goals - a deeper understanding of Jewish identity in an American context, the ways in which anti-semitism plays out in a traditional and modern sense, and a goal of concrete individual and collective action for racial and economic justice.  We will explore our families history and patterns, as well as the transition of Ashkenazi Jews from the margins to the middle (and back again?).  Course includes weekly readings, and 2-3 small-group meetings outside of regular course time (encouraged, not demanded).  Suitable for all ages, this course does contain significant emotional content.  Not sure if this is the right spot for you?  Please feel free to reach out to course instructor Chris Messinger beforehand.

About the Facilitator:
Chris Messinger has been an educator for 15 years, with a focus on social justice and social change.  He has been a board member of Class Action and Community Change, as well as an active member of the BWC community, as a past coordinator of Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC), and current co-chair of the Acting for Racial and Economic Justice committee.  He served as the Executive Director of Boston Mobilization from 2008-2016, and has led hundreds of workshops for thousands of individuals.   Contact Chris at


 BWC Member: $150
 BWC Non-Member: $200
 Young Adult/Low Income Member: $65
 Young Adult/Low Income Non-Member: $125
No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Liz at if the price is prohibitive. 


Register online here.

►BY CREDIT CARD over the phone: Call the Workmen's Circle office at 617.566.6281.

►BY CHECK: Mail your check, made payable to "Boston Workmen’s Circle," to 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Please be sure to include your address, phone and email.

Don't let price be a barrier. Please contact Liz to discuss options. Payment plans available.

*We regret that this class is not wheelchair accessible. Class will be held on the second floor of Boston Workmen's Circle, up a flight of stairs. Contact Liz at with questions about accessibility.