BWC Annual Report

As our program year came to a close last month, we asked our leaders to reflect on what we had accomplished together. Over the past six months, as we witnessed hatred and bigotry erupting across our country, we responded by rising up together with our allies to create a tidal wave of resistance. From a place of deep despair and outrage, we have gathered to sing and organize our way into our own vision of a besere velt, a better world. In this Annual Report, you will read about all the ways our community has come together to respond to injustice, to celebrate our culture, and to rise up together.

As a grassroots member-led organization, our people are our greatest strength. This year our people have been busy! Together we put on 175 programs attended by thousands of people ages 0-96. These programs were organized by over 100 BWC member volunteers. This year we saw unprecedented growth in the number of new leaders who stepped up to get involved and take on leadership, including one of our Shule alumni who created the Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Working Group.
 
In the pages of this Annual Report, you will see highlights of our arts, culture, education, and social justice programs and campaigns. You may even discover a new program or committee you’d like to
join in the year to come! We also share our funding structure as a member-led organization. You may
be surprised to learn that only 11% of our revenue comes from grant funding. This means that we are
89% self-sustaining, thanks to members like you paying dues, attending holidays, classes and events,
and making donations throughout the year.
 
We are thriving, thanks to you. The Boston Globe reported earlier this year that membership at
traditional synagogues is declining, but noted that membership at alternative communities,
specifically naming Boston Workmen's Circle, is on the rise. Our membership grew by 33% last year,
amplifying our impact and our collective power.
 
Whether you join the BWC community once a year for high holidays, or year-round for programs,
rituals, concerts, meetings and marches, we are forging the path together to create the beloved
community that we all envision. This year we hope to grow that community to 500 members.
 
Thank you for contributing your voice to this community.
 
Jen Kiok & Riva Pearson,
 
BWC Executive Director & Board President
 

Click here to download and read last year's 2015-2016 Annual Report.