Singing for a Better World Concert | May 15, 2021

Ticket registration is still open! All ticket-holders will be sent a recording of the concert to enjoy on their own time. By registering now, you are supporting our chorus and will be emailed the recording link.
Singing for a Better World premiered on Saturday, May 15th at 7 pm (ET). The show was recorded and is still available to view! Enjoy the lively music of A Besere Velt (ABV) and guest artists Polina Shepherd, Lorin Sklamberg, Daniel Kahn, Anthony Russell, and Judy Bressler in an inspiring concert to keep on moving forward towards a better world. Tickets are available here.

This worldwide broadcast weaves new and classic Yiddish songs with visions of justice and freedom. It includes exquisite guest artist performances, solo and in collaboration with ABV as we look towards a brighter future together. For those who couldn't join us at the Premiere, your ticket still includes a link to watch the concert at a later date at your convenience.

Accessibility: Yiddish and Ladino will be translated with English subtitles. Closed captioning available.

This concert is co-sponsored by Congress For Jewish Culture, The Workers Circle, Yiddish New York, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Enjoy the concert teaser video below, and scroll down for artist and honoree bios.

Ticket Pricing
  • Circle Supporter: $108 - $1,080
  • Full-price ticket-holder: $36 - $108
  • Young adult / low-income: $18 - $36

Your financial support will help Boston Workers Circle continue to provide vibrant and accessible community and social justice programming. Due to the pandemic, this is the second-year in a row that we have been unable to host an in-person concert. Please consider donating generously for your ticket to this virtual concert if you are financially-able. Enjoy the music of our wonderful Yiddish chorus and friends while supporting Boston Workers Circle!

If you are unable to make a contribution now but would like to watch the recording of the concert, please reach out to


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Polina Shepherd is an internationally renowned performer, bringing traditional Yiddish songs up to date with passion and a haunting soul deeply rooted in east European Jewish folk sound.






Lorin Sklamberg is lead singer of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, a leading exponent of Yiddish song and traditional Jewish vocal techniques with a crystalline, expressive sound.






Daniel Kahn is a Detroit-born, Germany-based troubadour and translator who combines Yiddish, English, German, and Russian in a radical mixture of Klezmer, lyrical folk ballads, dark cabaret, and political punk.






Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is a classically-trained vocalist, composer, and arranger specializing in Yiddish song, ranging from classic art song  to eclectic cafe repertoire.






Judy Bressler is a third-generation performer from the family of Yiddish theater luminaries Menashe Skulnick and Lucy Gehrman. She has been a leading voice in the revival and continuation of Yiddish music and a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band.






A Besere Velt – A Better World – is proud to be a “voice” for justice. This 80-member community chorus of the Boston Workers Circle Center, conducted by Derek David, weaves the heartache and irrepressible idealism of Yiddish folk music into a vision of justice and humanity for the 21st century.

BWC Shule Class of 2019: As 5th graders, this group of students kicked off the successful campaign to change our name from Boston Workmen’s Circle to the gender-inclusive Boston Workers Circle, which is a direct translation of our original Yiddish name, der Arbeter Ring. We are proud to celebrate these pioneering students who had the heart, vision, and perseverance to make this lasting change. Students in the class are: Noah Finkelstein, Lucas Harvey, Jonas Helman, Owen Levine, Phineas Manasse-Latham, Jasper Milstein, Reuben Pomerantz, Jay Rochberg, Jake Shamon, Sophia Wolpin.




Maddy Popkin is the outgoing cultural worker & member organizer at Boston Workers Circle. They are completely enamored with the Workers Circle's original purpose of fighting sickness, premature death, and capitalism, and they seek to carry on this legacy in today's world -- as a queer organizer, puppeteer, clown, and aspiring birth & death midwife.





Amy Lampert  |  Andy Strauss  |  Anonymous

Ann O. Koloski-Ostrow & Steven Ostrow

Anne Greenwald & Jeremy Bloch

Anne McHugh & Howie Shrobe

Barbara & Jeremy Ruskin  |  Barbara Rosenblum

Bobbi Katz  |  Chad Stoughton & MJ

Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary at

Deborah Katz & Lee Katz

Dianne Perlmutter & Julie Silberman

Dr. Andrea Jacobs  |  Elizabeth Zoob 

Ellen Bruce & Richard Segan

Ellen Shachter & Steve Stephano

Helen Raizen & Kathy MacDonald

Idit Klein & Jordan Namerow

Ilene Stahl  |  J. Schwartz/M. Furstenberg

Janet Axelrod & Tim Plenk

Jenny Silverman & Bob Follansbee

Joe Pryse & Beth Worell  | Judy & Ira Ockene

Judy Rottenberg & Harry Bochner

Judy Somberg & Larry Rosenberg

Julia Herskowitz  |  Lainey Barlas

Laura Derman & Lee Teitel  |  Libby Shrobe

Linda Cohen  |  Linda Gritz & Mike Katz

Manasse-Latham Family

Marie Ariel & Richard Olson

Marilyn K. Silverman  |  Marsha Lazar

Michelle Golden & Helen Onthank  |  Michelle Weiser  |  Mike Felsen & Tolle Graham  | 

Miriam & Stan Habib  |  Mitchell Silver & Ora Gladstone  |  Naomi Scheman 

Nora Osman & Mark Pomerantz, Marjorie & Yusuf Osman, Mary & Sandy Pomerantz are so proud of Rueben & Alessandra 

Norm Berman & Sheri Abrams  |  Norma Finkelstein  |  Penny Glassman  |   Robin Barnes & David Bor

Rosa Blumenfeld  |  Ruby Poltorak  |  Sarah Axelrod  |  Sarah Freeman  |

Scott Helman & Jessica Engel  |  Steve Vogel  |  Steven Lipsitt  |  Susan Werbe  | 

The Davidson/Milstein Family



Thank you to our co-sponsors: Congress For Jewish Culture, The Workers Circle, Yiddish New York, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.