Thank You | January e-news

Dear Friend,
Thank you for all the ways you showed up as part of the BWC community in 2017. Thank you for singing and protesting and learning and growing with us.
Thank you for your generous year-round and year-end donations that sustain our work together. We have much to look forward to in 2018 - get out your new calendars (or open your google calendar) and save the dates below. 
In community,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director
Important New Save the Dates for the New Year
Passover Community Seder
Saturday, March 24th @ Hellenic Cultural Center in Watertown
Roots, Resistance, Resilience: BWC Anniversary Festival & Concert
Sunday, May 20th @ MIT Kresge Auditorium 
BWC Weekend at World Fellowship Center
July 13th - 15th @ World Fellowship Center, White Mountains, NH
Featured Events & Programs: Please Join Us! shabes

"In The Bones of Our Ancestors" Workshop
Saturday, January 20th, 10 AM - 5 PM, JP
BWC's Executive Director, Jen Kiok, will be offering a day-long workshop for white Jews to explore our dual roles in the systems of white supremacy, racism and anti-semitism. The day will be grounded in heart space and guided by the understanding that we must heal from these systems as we work to dismantle them. There is one spot left in this workshop. If you're interested but not available on that date, email Jen to get on the interest list with "In The Bones" in your subject line. Learn more
Resisting Surveillance
Saturday, January 20th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM @ Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury
Join us at a community forum to learn and discuss local methods of surveillance and share tactics and strategies to resist. We'll have incredible organizers from Young Muslim Collective in Minneapolis as well as local speakers and light refreshments. Learn more
Circle Book Group: "Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman. 
Sunday, January 21st, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM, email BWC office 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
Shabes Gathering
Friday, January 26th, 6:30 PM @ BWC
Join us for a community Shabes potluck and ritual! Shabes gatherings include conversation, ritual blessings, inspiring texts, singing, and potluck dinners. This is a time for reflection, restoration, and spirituality. Learn more
Tu B'shvat Seder
Sunday, January 28th, 1:30 - 3:30 PM @ BWC
Join us for a unique Tu B'Shevat seder, marking the New Year for the Trees! Our ritual will include readings, songs, and poems that reflect the origins of the seder, with a modern progressive secular twist! 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
Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 3rd, 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.
Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Working Group
Sunday, January 7th, 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.
Yiddish Svive
Friday, January 12th, 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.
Acting for Racial & Economic Justice Meeting
Wednesday, January 24th, 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.
Yiddish Sing
Thursday, January 25th, 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.
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 all of the volunteers who worked to put together our two Chanukah parties! Thanks to the Shule Family Chanukah Party volunteers: Josh, Christy, Harneen, Anne M, Tracy, Rahul, and Zara for being our lunch team, the Shule Band and Somerville Symphony Orkester! for performing, and Mira Whiting for taking photos. Thanks to our Radical Chanukah Party co-sponsor Moishe Kavod House and our fabulous team of volunteers: Alli Gofman for being our fearless kitchen captain, Haley Kossek for being our fabulous emcee, Sarah O'Connor, Alyssa Rubin, Ben Doernberg, Evvie Jagoda, Shira Tiffany, Elliya Cutler, Michelle Cantor, Noah Lesko-Kanowitz, Hannah Klein, Ariel Branz, Roz Freeman, Mirah Sand, Sara Sandmel, Sarah Chapple-Sokol, Ariel Diorio, Libby Shrobe, Deanne Dworski-Riggs, Andrew Cohen, Ayelet Reiter, Jonah Sidman, Ida Assefa, Emily Glick, Lily Weitzman, Nadav David, Rachie Lewis, Bob Follansbee, Aviva Herb Welber, Becky Wasserman, Tzuria Falkenberg, Isaac Baker, and Georgia Lederman. Click here to see photos from our Radical Chanukah Party.
News of the Mishpokhe
Life news? Graduation? Promotion? Simcha? What's new? Email Michelle and share it with the community.
We are saddened to share the news of multiple members of our extended community passing away. 
  • Karen Klein's mother, Jenna Belkin Klein, passed away in New York in December at the age of 93. She fought fiercely for social justice in the labor, civil rights, and anti-war movements. Condolences to Karen, Wayne and their entire family on their loss.
  • Helen Raizen's mother and father, Abraham Alfred (Al) Raizen and Senta Amon Raizen, both passed away in December. Senta was 93 and Al was 100 years old. Al and Senta were parents to Helen, Michael, and Dan, and proud grandparents of 9 grandchildren and one grandchild in-law. The family will sit Shiva at Helen's home at 75 Arborway in Jamaica Plain on Sunday, January 14th, 3-8 PM and at Dan's home at 14 Lancaster Street in Cambridge on Tuesday, January 16, 6-9 PM, with a brief service at 7:30. We are sending our sympathies to their whole family.
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