“My task is not to debate whether I’m a Jew or not, but to figure out what kind of Jew I am. For me, finding a secular Jewish community with progressive politics fits my version of that identity.”
Who We Are
Welcome to the Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice! We are:
- A community and spiritual home for secular Jewish life
- A voice for progressive Jewish values and social change
- An arts and education center celebrating Yiddish, Jewish, and progressive culture
We’re kind of like a congregation, but we’re different.
- Jewish identity is proudly rooted in cultural heritage and a commitment to justice
- Members help to create and run all programs
- Continuity is built on the foundation of our history as a 110-year old mutual aid organization founded by Jewish immigrants
We’re a multigenerational arts and education center.
- Educational opportunities are available for every generation: a cultural Sunday School for children grades K through 7, a social action teen group, classes for adults of all ages, plus a unique young adult community
- The treasured cultural legacy of Yiddish language and culture finds contemporary expression and meaning in varied programming
- Participatory and creative arts engage as well as entertain
We speak out for justice.
- Social action committees foster dialogue and debate, mutual understanding, and action
- The pursuit of a more just and humane world is woven into all holiday observances and celebrations, educational and arts programming, and children’s activities
- We seek to be a community that is inclusive and accessible to all, from ASL interpreted High Holiday services and chorus concerts to fully accessible Sunday School classes in rented space.