Adult Education

Our adult education programming is geared toward exploring the meaning of Jewish history, ritual, and thought from a secular perspective. Together, we grapple with questions of historical experience, values, and identity that challenge our thinking.

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Spring 2021 Adult Education Courses:

Sephardic Jewry & Racism in America

Blending pre-recorded lectures and live discussion facilitated by Sephardic scholars and community members, we will delve into questions about the racialized experiences of Sephardic Jewry in the United States, the activism and achievement that emerged, and what implications this has for our future.


Prof. Devin Naar and the other guest lecturers will explore questions such as, are Sephardic Jews "white"? How do Sephardic Jews and a historically ambiguous status fit into the story of race and racism in the United States? The class will also explore the largely erased role that Sephardim played in seeking to transform systemic racism through: labor organizing, leadership in the communist and socialist parties, and in the promotion of civil rights. Click here for more course information and guest lecturer bios.


Dates: Thursdays, April 29 - May 20 (4 sessions) on Zoom

Time: 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. *time extended from 8:30 to 8:45pm

Registration: BWC Members: $60 - $100 sliding scale | Non-members: $80 - $120 sliding scale


All of Devin Naar's original lectures were sponsored and first aired by the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America as part of their Sephardic Digital Academy series, a national partnership project.


This course is co-sponsored by Kavod.


BWC Mussar for Activists Adult Education Course, August 2019