#NeverAgain actions to #ShutDownICE | Welcome Meira Soloff | Join the BWC Board | BWC July enews

Dear Boston Workmen's Circle,

Yesterday in Elizabeth, New Jersey, BWC Board member Sarah O'Connor and community member Alyssa Rubin joined hundreds of Jews, immigrants, and allies to #ShutDownICE. Here's why they took action: 


 
"As Jews, we've seen this before, and we're putting our bodies on the line today to show that when we say, "Never Again," we mean it. Never Again means closing the concentration camps. It means defunding ICE and Customs and Border Patrol and it means throwing sand in the gears of machinery of the immigrant detention system."
 
See below for ways to get involved and take action and click here to watch a video of Sunday's action.
 
Finally, it's not too late to join BWC or renew your membership if you haven't already. In rapid response moments like these within our long-haul work of fighting for liberation, it is clear to me that our strength is rooted in our relationships, and we are most powerful when we show up to be counted, together.  
 
In solidarity,

 
Michelle Weiser
Deputy Director

 

Never Again is Now. Take Action!
Join thousands across the country this week to protest the inhumanity happening at the border and in our city -- any way you can:
 
1) In the streets: Join us for an action TOMORROW, July 2nd at 4pm at the New England Holocaust Memorial. For details about the #NeverAgainParaNadie action, click here, and feel free to reach out to maddy@circleboston.org with questions. 
 
2) At the offices of your elected officials: Attend a #ClosetheCamps demonstration at the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, TOMORROW July 2nd, 12 pm at the JFK Federal Building.
 
3) With your dollars: Looking for a way to directly impact the lives of immigrants and families detained? Donate to national organizations & bond funds: like RAICES, and Freedom For Immigrants, and local efforts like  BIJAN/Beyond; who operate a bond and legal defense fund and an accompaniment network
 
4) With your name: Sign on to Bend the Arc's Open Letter to #ClosetheCamps
 
5) For the long haul: Click to learn about and get involved with our BWC Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary working group.
 

 
Activists on Sunday at the Elizabeth, NJ #NeverAgain Action
This Month @ BWC... 
Yiddish Reading Group
Friday, July 5, 10:00am @ BWC
We are reading a novella by Masha Rolnikayte, "On a rekht tsu leben" ("Without a right to live"), which is based on her experiences during WWII in Vilna. Learn more.
BWC at World Fellowship Center, NH
July 12 - 14 @ White Mountains, New Hampshire
For many years, Boston Workmen's Circle members and friends have used this weekend to get to know each other better, as we hike and bike in the White Mountains, swim and boat on beautiful Whitton Pond, read, shmooze, and relax on the lawn or in the lodge, and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. 

Learn more.

Brookline Yiddish Vinkl
Monday, July 15, 7:00-9:00 PM. 1731 Beacon Street, #319, Brookline
Yiddish vinkls, or conversation groups, provide an opportunity to sharpen your Yiddish skills in a comfortable and informal setting. Drop in anytime! All generations and levels welcome. Learn more.
Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Meeting
Sunday, July 21, 6:30-8, please email us for location
We will be reflecting on our 2 years of Sanctuary work and planning our future work together. 
Young Adult Summer Shabes
Friday, July 26, 6:30pm, location TBA
Join fellow BWC Young Adults for a Shabbat ritual and potluck dinner. This is a chance to connect with other young adults, share a meal, and have fun! 
 
Outdoor Yiddish Sing
Thursday, July 18, 6pm @ Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville MA 02143
Linda Gritz and Michael Katz lead a spirited sing-along of old and new Yiddish songs. Lyrics sheets provided. All are welcome, regardless of singing ability or knowledge of Yiddish. Garden opens at 5:30 for shmoozing and picnicking! 
Admission is free. 
 
Join the BWC Board 
We are looking for folks with a commitment to our mission, a collaborative spirit, and any of the following skill sets or professions:
  • Grassroots fundraising
  • Organizational Leadership Development
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion work
  • Youth work 
  • Lawyers 
Any BWC member who has paid dues for the past two years is eligible to serve on the Board. The Board meets monthly and most members serve on one infrastructure committee. 
We are a vibrant and diverse member-led community, and we want to make sure our Board represents the multitude of backgrounds, skills and experiences of our membership!  In our efforts to build an equitable community, we are looking to build leadership from BWC members who identify as: Sephardi, Mizrachi, Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, working-class, low-income, immigrants and people with disabilities. 
Please fill out this form with your name, phone number, email address, the name/contact info of person you are nominating if it is not you, and a brief statement on why you or the person you are nominating would make a good candidate.
The deadline for nominations to be received is July 24. Nominees will receive a call from a current Board member to answer any questions about serving. 
Welcome Meira Soloff!
 
We are overjoyed to share that Meira Soloff will join the BWC staff as Education Director starting on July 15th!
Meira built our Circle Playtime preschool playgroup over the past 6 years, and she is deeply rooted and invested in the BWC community. As a member and a teacher, she has participated in our Yiddish chorus, a Besere Velt, the ritual committee, and the adult education committee. 
 
In Meira's words:
"I am thrilled to get to return to the Shule as the new Education Director. I attended my first Rosh Hashanah at BWC nine years ago and have been hooked on the community since! I am passionate about working with families, bringing diverse voices to the table, listening to the voice of young people and thinking about how secular progressive Judaism can be rooted in history and create relevant and meaningful experiences for folks today! I am very excited to re-ignite old conversations and begin new ones together!"
 
Meira will begin her new role on July 15th, and you can reach her at meira@circleboston.org. Click here to read her full bio.