Gragger Radical Purim Party | Family Purim Carnival | Jewish Muslim Solidarity Shabes

Dear Friend,
Last Sunday, 135 BWC members came to our internal community conversation about Israel/Palestine and the Jewish Community Relations Council. With toddlers, teenagers, young adults, parents, boomers, and octogenarians present - we engaged in meaningful conversations, shared information, and dreamed up our collective visions for the future of BWC and the broader Jewish community. 
By the end of the meeting, the walls were covered in newsprint filled with colorful expressions of support and pride, ideas for community education around Israel/Palestine, and bold and creative ways to take action. Missed the meeting and want to get involved? Click here to join as a dues-paying member. We were excited to welcome 40 new members to our community this month following the JCRC vote. More information and next steps coming soon. 
Meanwhile, Purim is right around the corner - please join us for our family-friendly Purim Carnival & Celebration on Sunday, March 24 and our radical Purim party, Gragger! on Saturday, March 16. We will also be celebrating International Women's Day with a special Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Shabes on Friday, March 8. See below for a full list of upcoming programs. 
In Community,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director

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Featured Upcoming Events
Circle Book Group: Death of an American Jewish Community
Sunday, Feb. 24, 10:15 AM @ BWC
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.
Yiddish Sing: Songs of Love & Revolution
Thursday, February 28, 7:30 PM @ BWC
Join us for February's Yiddish Sing at the BWC for a special edition featuring songs of love, revolution, and love for the revolution! Yiddish sings are informal gatherings that happen on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Drop in to learn and sing the best that Yiddish folk songs have to offer! Songbooks provided. All are welcome, regardless of singing ability or knowledge of Yiddish. Learn more.
Aging in Community Discussion: "Public Policy Choices - Yes or No to Physician-Assisted Suicide"
Sunday, March 3, 10:30 AM @ Runkle School 50 Druce St. Brookline 
Join the BWC Aging in Community cohort as we watch a 28-minute HBO video entitled "Right to Die", followed by a discussion about public policy and physician-assisted suicide. Learn more
Jewish Muslim Solidarity Shabes
Friday, March 8, 6:15 PM @ BWC
Join us for our annual Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Shabes! In celebration of International Women's Day, we will hear stories of strength, hope and solidarity from Jewish and Muslim women. As we share a meal together, we will also have an opportunity to talk in small groups, to socialize and get a glimpse into each other's lives. Everyone is welcome. Learn more
Gragger: Radical Raucous Purim Party
Saturday, March 16, 8 PM - 1 AM @ SEIU, 26 West St. Boston 
On the Jewish holiday known for its magic, playfulness, and confusion, join us for a spectacular evening of gender-bending, ancestral-healing, world-transforming Purim festivities. Featuring performances by Klezmer Jam, Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, a dance party with DJ Lady Spindrift, and of course we'll have a raucous, revolutionary, and radically reimagined PURIM SHPIL! Learn more
Family Purim Party
Sunday, March 24, 10:30 AM, email Alexandra for location
Join us for a family-friendly Purim Carnival and celebration! This is a great way to meet our Sunday School families and learn more about our program and community in a fun and festive secular Jewish environment. Learn more
BWC's Annual Spring Fundraiser auction
"The Worker must have bread but she must have roses too" 
-- Rose Schneiderman
Planning an upcoming vacation? Date night? Family outing? Treat yourself and support your favorite secular Jewish organization!
Featured items include: South Africa Safari, 3-4 night sailing trip in Maine, New England vacation home-stays, certificates to unique experiences and your favorite local businesses. 
The auction is online-only this year, and runs from
Sunday March 3 - Sunday March 17. 
More information and a link to full catalog coming soon! 
Have something to contribute to the auction? Donate a stay in your vacation home or click here to donate an item/professional service/tickets
Save the Date: Community Passover Seder 4/13
The 32nd Annual BWC Community Passover Seder
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 4:30PM
Hellenic Cultural Center 25 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown
Enjoy a full meal, singing, activities for young children, and an original ever-evolving hagaddah! 
In Memory: A Likhtikn Gan-Eydn Zoln Zey Hobn
We were saddened to learn about the death of Brookline librarian, activist, and cyclist Paula Sharaga, 69, who was a friend to many members of our community. In the words of a BWC member and friend, Paula was "a
good friend and jewel of human being, with angelic giving to improve everything and everyone's circumstances- non-stop." 
There will be a Ghost Bike Ceremony for Paula this Sunday at 2pm at the North West corner of the intersection of Brookline Avenue & Park Drive in the Fenway neighborhood, and a Celebration of Paula's Life this Sunday at 5:30pm at the Coolidge Corner Library. You can read more about Paula and her legacy here
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 so much to everyone who played a role in supporting our community conversation about Israel and Palestine! Thank you to our team of greeters and registration volunteers, the 20+ people who facilitated our small groups, everyone who helped with the event planning and who presented, and of course to all of our members who participated.
We want to particularly thank Carlos Rios, who showed up as an ally to provide support at the door for de-escalation and helped us live into our values of safety through solidarity, rather than relying on police presence for security. Read a full appreciation of Carlos here
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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 Maddy to learn more about our diverse committees!
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