“The Workmen's Circle is my Jewish community because it allows me to express all the different aspects of my Jewish identity in one place. It’s where I act for change while being part of a larger, inter-generational community.”
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 has been 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. We deeply regret that our 100 year old Victorian building is not yet wheelchair accessible. We are in the midst of a capital campaign for a “socially responsible building” and look forward to having a building that is fully accessible in the not too distant future.