Adult Education Courses

Our adult education programming is geared toward exploring the meaning of Jewish history, ritual, thought, and commitment to a better world (a besere velt) from a secular perspective. Courses are taught by highly qualified and stimulating guest instructors.

There are usually several courses each year, in the fall, winter, and spring. The number of sessions and tuition varies per course. Course information is updated on this page as it is available. Pre-registration is required. 

Whatever your level of Jewish knowledge, we invite you to learn, question, and challenge your thinking. All are welcome; you do not need to identify as Jewish.

Fall 2020 Adult Education Course:

People Power: Bridging Movements and Generations in 2020


What can we learn from the vast history of social movements in this time of pandemic and uprising? What about this moment looks familiar to historical moments that we have lived and learned about? How are communities leveraging knowledge and relationships to adapt and respond?


Join us for a 3-session course focused on the role of social movements in molding our collective history. We will explore how the past is shaping the future as we collaboratively frame our roles in this pivotal time. We will think about our connections to various social movements, look at case studies about different methods of change, and articulate the ways in which we want to move forward with our knowledge of social movement ecology.


Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 10

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Online, over Zoom

Price: $45-60 BWC members // $60-75 non-members



Nakhie Faynshteyn is a first generation Boston-based organizer and political educator. Nakhie is chair of the Acting for Racial and Economic Justice (AFREJ) Committee at Boston Workers Circle and an active member of the Boston Kavod Community where he cultivates spaces of learning and action around reparations, class consciousness and climate justice. He was also active in the Sunrise Movement Boston Hub where he trained organizers and headed the Media team. Nakhie has a Masters in Sociology from Northeastern University and is currently in the process of publishing his thesis research on the restoration process of the Lower Neponset River.


Rachel Leiken works in college and university chaplaincy and focuses on the intersections of religion and justice work. She also does communications for Jewish organizations training changemakers guided by spiritual and moral tools. She is an alum of JOIN for Justice’s organizing fellowship and has served as a course instructor for multiple rounds of their online course Don’t Kvetch, Organize. Rachel is originally from Southern California and loves warm weather. 


Nick Rabb is a PhD student at Tufts University pursuing a dual doctorate in computer science and cognitive science, currently conducting research modeling social influence via the spread of political ideas through populations. He is an organizer with the Sunrise Movement's Boston hub, where he has led the hub's outreach and education efforts, and is a co-chair of Mass Peace Action's Peace & Climate group.



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