"Judaism has never been solely a religion to me. It’s a people, a culture, and a religion, kind of like a state of being. It helps me locate myself in the world."
BWC Annual Report
We are nearing the end of another BWC program year and we have much to show for ourselves! To capture a snapshot of our community's successes, we developed a 2015-2016 Annual Report that we debuted at our annual meeting June 15, 2016. Click here to download the report.
Together this year we have welcomed a total of 1,000 individual people ages 0 - 96 to 143 different programs. These programs were organized by over 100 BWC member volunteers. We are a prolific community and no one person could possibly attend all our programs. In the pages of this annual report you will learn about all that took place in the year gone by and you may discover a new program or committee you’d like to join in the year to come.
Last year at our annual meeting, we shared a vision of growing a beloved community at BWC, across generations, so that together we would represent one continuous community that welcomes participation and leadership from young children & teens all the way up to our elders. We asked ourselves some hard questions: How can we work as a Jewish community for racial justice? How can we better welcome and include all of our members? How can we better care for each other through the life cycles? This year we took some important steps towards answering these questions and living into our vison.
We restructured our staff to create a Youth & Community Organizer position in order to explicitly prioritize teens at BWC, and we revived our youth program: Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC). The teens both ventured off into the broader community to learn and organize on issues of racial and economic justice and returned to their shule community to mentor younger students. We welcomed two new committees: Aging in Community, with the aim of creating a nourishing and sustaining community for BWC’s older members through the aging process; and the Caring Committee, which offers support to our members in times of need, builds community and welcomes new members. Both committees hit the ground running, and the need for their work was quickly evident. We re-formed our Acting for Racial and Economic Justice Committee which is ready to launch its first campaign. We entered into dialogue with allied organizations about racial justice in the broader Jewish community. BWC members attended the first National convening of Jews of color, led by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in New York City.
This year we also launched the Leadership Team with the goal of deepening relationships among committee leaders, strengthening relationships and participation between committees and the board, providing peer support around rising challenges and coming together to share successes, enabling cross-committee programming and communication, and discussing integration of overarching BWC goals in committees. The Leadership Team is a place to seed new leaders across generations.
We are walking the path together towards creating 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.