Anniversary Festival | Gragger | Yiddish Classes | Social Justice Actions: BWC February enews

Dear Friend ,
Thirty years ago, a group of young parents, activists & Yiddishists came together with creativity and dedication to help revive Boston Workmen's Circle. This spring, we will honor their legacy and celebrate their continued work with an inter-generational participatory festival celebrating 30 years of secular Jewish culture, education, Yiddishkayt, and social justice at Boston Workmen's Circle. 
Roots, Resistance, Resilience
Boston Workmen's Circle
Anniversary Festival & Concert
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 - 7:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, MIT, Cambridge
A Besere Velt Yiddish Chorus Performance, Interactive History & Archives, Lectures from Distinguished Guests, 
Reunion Reception,
Inter-Generational Art Activities, and more! 
Whether you are brand new to BWC or have played a role in creating this legacy for years, this will be an opportunity to be a part of the unique community that we continue to create together. 
Stay tuned for more details, including Festival Honorees, joining the Host Committee, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, and more. We're excited to celebrate with you!
Continue reading for our upcoming February programs, campaigns, and classes - including our annual raucous and radical Purim Party, a new semester of Yiddish Classes, a discussion about water rights in Palestine, and more. 
In community,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director
Featured Events & Programs: Please Join Us! shabes
State-Wide Calling Day for Safe Communities Act

Wednesday, Jan. 31 - text "SAFEMA" to 52886
The Safe Communities Act would keep our state and local law enforcement from being used to help round up and deport immigrants. If we want the SCA passed this year, it needs to be reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security as soon as possible. Join us for a state-wide calling day to MA legislators! Learn more.
#FreeAhed: Jewish Teens Speak Out

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Boston Public Garden, intersection of Commonwealth Ave & Arlington 
Join TASC (Teens Acting for Social Change) in calling for the release of Palestinian teenage activist Ahed Tamimi from Israeli prison. This action is being led by Jewish teens throughout the Boston area and is open to all. Ahed's trial date was originally set for today, her 17th birthday. Even if you can't make the action, consider sending a birthday message to Ahed. Learn more
Saturday, Feb. 3, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ BWC
Calling all: Actors, Artists, Writers, Jews, Gentiles, Grandmas, Cyborgs and Chaiborgs alike! Join us on Saturday to make our radical, raucous, futuristic Gragger Shpiel visions a reality! All levels of acting/art making are welcome! Learn more
Aging in Community - Film Screening and Discussion
Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Runkle School, 50 Druce St, Brookline
Join the Aging in Community Committee for a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary "Grow Old Along with Me: The Poetry of Aging". In the film, artists, actors, and writers reveal how aging can be a creative process that allows us to access our full humanity. Suggested donation $5-10. Learn more
Bowling in Yiddish!
Sunday, Feb. 18, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Flatbread Pizza, Davis Square, Somerville
Yiddish speakers and students of all levels are invited to go bowling together at Flatbread Pizza, to practice speaking Yiddish in an informal and fun setting. Cost for bowling per person is $5 - $12, depending on group size, plus cost of food. Please RSVP to Judy by Feb. 11, so we can make our reservation.
Gragger: Raucous Radical Purim Party
Saturday, Feb. 24, 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM @ 26 West St, Downtown Boston
Join us for our annual radical Purim extravaganza, featuring DJ Lady SpindriftSecond Line Brass Band, and a radical retelling of the Purim Story (Purim Shpiel) based on social justice issues today. Learn more
Jewish Identity & Racial Justice Workshop with Moishe Kavod House
Sundays, Feb. 25March 4March 11March 18, times vary @ BWC
Boston Workmen's Circle is excited to host a Jewish Identity and Racial Justice Workshop, written and facilitated by members of the Moishe Kavod House community. This workshop is a four-module series in which participants examine their own racial identity, the diversity of the multiracial and multi-ethnic American Jewish community, White Supremacy and Antisemitism in the US, the history of Jews in racial justice work, and the current landscape of racial justice work in Boston. Pre-registration is required. Learn more

Water Rights In The West Bank
Sunday, Feb. 25, 4:00 - 6:00 PM @ BWC
Join the Boston Workmen's Circle Middle East Working Group for a discussion about water justice in Palestine with Nidal Al Azraq, Executive Director of 1for3.orgLearn more

Circle Book Group: "Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods" by Michael Wex
Sunday, Feb. 25, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM,  email for address
Join us for our monthly book group, with bagels, coffee and socializing. This is an open group that welcomes all readers interested in expanding their understanding of the wide variety of Jewish experiences throughout history and across the world. Learn more
We are now enrolling for our Spring semester of Yiddish-language courses! If you're looking for Yiddish classes in Boston, you've come to the right place.
12 evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 PM, Starting: 
Monday, February 5th  (Beginner & Advanced classes) 
 Tuesday, February 6th (Advanced Beginner & Intermediate classes)
Ongoing Meetings, Classes, Events
Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Working Group
Sunday, February 4th, 6:30 PM @ BWC
Join the Immigrant Justice and Sanctuary (IJS) Working Group at our monthly meeting! We'll be discussing how to expand our participation in a Greater Boston interfaith effort of accompanying immigrants to court hearings, important meetings, etc. Learn more.
Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 7th, 7:00 PM @ BWC
Through political action, relationship building, and community education, the Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee works to foster positive connections between Jews and Muslims in Greater Boston and joins with the Muslim community in opposing Islamophobia in all its manifestations. Learn more.
Yiddish Svive
Friday, February 9th, 7:00 PM, contact Lily for address
Meet up with fellow Yiddish-speaking young adults to share a potluck meal, have a game night, play music, or just redn a yidish vort (speak a little Yiddish). Learn more
Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish vinkls, or conversation groups, meet twice a month in different member homes. Whatever your level of Yiddish, this is an opportunity to sharpen your Yiddish skills in a comfortable and informal setting. Drop in anytime! All generations welcome. Learn more.
Yiddish Sing
Thursday, February 22nd, 7:30 PM, 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline
Drop in for this informal monthly gathering to learn and sing Yiddish folk songs. Songbooks provided. All are welcome, regardless of singing ability or knowledge of Yiddish. Learn more.
Acting for Racial & Economic Justice Meeting
Wednesday, February 28th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM @ BWC
Acting for Racial and Economic Justice (AFREJ) works for racial and economic justice in the BWC community, the Jewish community, and the Boston community at-large. Join us for our monthly meeting to get involved! Learn more.
Looking Ahead - Save the Dates for March 2018
  • Family Purim Party Sunday, March 4th
  • Jewish Muslim Solidarity Shabes - Friday, March 9th
  • Aging in Community Discussion Sunday, March 11th
  • Community Passover Seder Saturday, March 24th
Around the Circle - Useful BWC Community Information
A Sheynem Dank - Thank You!
Have some gratitude for your BWC community?  
Email Michelle 
to post it to the newsletter!
Thank you to our Ritual Committee for leading a beautiful Tu B'shevat seder to celebrate the new year of the trees. 
Thanks to members of Acting for Racial & Economic Justice (AFREJ)and Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC) for hosting a wonderful Shabes gathering. Inspired by this bold action from Bend the Arc in collaboration with the Dreamers, we took action to support a Clean Dream Act, to be voted on with the budget in the next three weeks. We'll be sending this photo and a short video to MA Rep. Lynch who did not vote to support the Dreamers last week.
News of the Mishpokhe
Life news? Graduation? Promotion? Simcha? What's new? Email Michelle and share it with the community.
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Get More Plugged In @ BWC
Interested in joining a committee? We've got something for everyone with Yiddish, Shabes, Ritual, Adult Ed, Acting for Racial and Economic Justice, Middle East Working Group, Jewish-Muslim Solidarity, Aging in Community, Shule, Young Adults, and Caring. Email Liz to learn more about our diverse committees!
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