Welcome Maddy Popkin | Hiring Communications & Development Associate and a TASC Coordinator

 
 
Dear Friends,
 
I am deeply excited to welcome Maddy Popkin (pronouns: they/them)to the Boston Workmen's Circle staff team as our Cultural Worker & Member Organizer. Maddy describes themself as a queer Jewish organizer, artist and cultural worker and an aspiring clown and Yiddishist. They started working with BWC in 2016 as a member leader of Gragger (our radical purim party) and have continued to grow as a Jewish cultural worker and educator at BWC, most recently serving as the Artistic Director of our Roots, Resistance, Resilience Festival in May. In this new role, Maddy will play a key role in weaving together the different parts of our organization, using cultural organizing as a tool for building community and making change. 
 
"I am SO THRILLED, truly honored, and incredibly humbled to be moving into this new role at the BWC! I can't wait to continue to harness the immense creativity, experiences, and knowledge that everyone in our community--from our shule students to our elders--has to offer. There is no place I feel more excited, hopeful, and at home with than the BWC community and I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with you to boldly build the best world we can dream up, together!"
 
Maddy starts in this new role on August 15th. After that date, you can reach them at maddy@circleboston.org.
 
As our community and programs continue to grow, we are also increasing our staff capacity. We are currently hiring for two part time positions: Communications & Development Associate and a Teens Acting for Social Change Coordinator
Finally, we just opened registration for our Fall Yiddish language classes, and for a new Adult Education course "Understanding Islam Introductory Course: A Muslim Woman's Perspective on the Essence of Islam, the Diversity of the Muslim World, and its Relationship with the West". See below for more information. 
 
In community,
 
Jen Kiok
Executive Director
 
Featured Events: Please Join Us! 
Friday, July 20th, 6:30 PM @ 30 Seattle St, Apt 1, Allston
Come and enjoy a relaxing and fun Shabbat! Meet members of the BWC Young Adult community, enjoy singing, and a potluck. Learn more.
Yiddish Sing
Thursday, July 26th, 7:30 PM @ BWC

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

 
Jewish Community Canvass Day for Transgender Rights
Sunday, July 29th, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Newton
BWC is joining with the MA Jewish Community led by Keshet, the JCRC, and the RAC as we partner with Freedom for All Massachusetts to knock on doors in Newton to inform people why it's so important to vote YES in November to defend transgender equality in MA! RSVP to Hannah from BWC and learn more about canvassing. 
Register for Fall Classes: Understanding Islam Introductory Course | Yiddish Language Classes
 
Understanding Islam Introductory Course:
A Muslim Woman's Perspective on the Essence of Islam, the Diversity of the Muslim World, and its Relationship with the West
 
Taught by: HAYAT IMAM
 
Mondays, November 12 - December 3, 2018 6:30 to 8:30 pm
4 Sessions at 1762 Beacon St. Brookline, MA
 

Click here for more information about this course and how to register.

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Fall 2018 Yiddish Language Classes
If you're looking for Yiddish language classes in Boston, you've come to the right place. Our instructors are passionate about Yiddish and are experienced educators. Whether you are a complete beginner or grew up speaking the language, we have a class that will accommodate you. 
Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Advanced Level: 
Starting Monday, October 15th 
Intermediate Level:
Starting Tuesday, October 16th 
All Class Levels run for 9 evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

 
Job Openings @ BWC
SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZER & TASC COORDINATOR
 
We are currently hiring for two part-time positions: Social Justice Organizer (15 hrs/week) and Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC) Coordinator (10 hrs on program weeks). We are open to combining these positions into one half-time job for the right candidate. For a full description of the position responsibilities and information on how to apply, click here
Social Justice Organizer Job Description:
The BWC Social Justice Organizer will implement our strategic priority of, "Being a powerful and strategic voice for justice in the Boston & Jewish communities." The Social Justice Organizer will lead our community in honing the unique gifts that BWC can offer to the broader movement, and support our member-leaders and social justice Committees (Acting for Racial & Economic Justice; Jewish Muslim Solidarity; Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Working Group; Middle East Working Group) in doing meaningful coalition work and campaign organizing with the Jewish and justice communities in Boston.
The Social Justice Organizer will work collaboratively with our Cultural Worker & Member Organizer, using arts, culture, and social justice to weave together the different parts of our organization and build bridges across generations.
Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC) Coordinator Description:
The role of the TASC Coordinator is to manage BWC's Teens Acting for Social Change program, providing mentorship, community building, political education, organizing training, and a Jewish home to young people ages 13-17. The TASC Coordinator works to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for young people to develop their leadership and organizing skills while building community with each other. The TASC coordinator helps to create an avenue for youth voice and cross pollination both within BWC and with youth organizing and social justice organizing in the broader community. The program meets 22-25 weeks per year, from September through June, with planning in August and in between sessions.
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Shule Music Teacher
 
Are you or someone you know passionate about Jewish identity, social justice, and teaching these values and traditions though song and music? The Jewish Cultural Sunday School of Boston Workmen's Circle teaches Jewish history, culture, and progressive values to children in Grades preK - 7th.
 
Seeking experienced music teacher with knowledge of social justice and Jewish repertoire, knowledge of Yiddish songs a strong plus! Comfort on a portable, acoustic instrument such as guitar also desirable. Music teacher interacts with all grade levels on a rotating basis. Classes meet approximately two Sunday mornings each month, September through May in Brookline, MA.
 
Send resume and cover letter to alexandra@circleboston.org ; applications accepted on a rolling basis. BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People who identify as Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, Sephardic, Mizrachi, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
High Holidays - Call for Artists & Tech Support
BWC's Secular Community Service for Rosh Hashanah is Monday, September 10th at 10:00 AM and our Yom Kippur Service is Wednesday, September 19th at 10:00 AM. We will also have a Children's Service for Rosh Hashanah. Registration will open soon
 
Calling all artists and art lovers! We are currently creating our ritual booklets for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and are excited to include new artwork to accompany the readings, songs, poems, and reflections. The Ritual Committee is seeking visual art on the themes of remembering, awe, presence, vision, action, a better world, healing, connection, and love, as well as symbols of the High Holidays such as a shofar, and apples and honey. Are you an artist, or is there a piece of visual art that you love, which fits in these themes? Art can be original work or any piece that inspires you. 
Send submissions through this form by August 1st. Please include the name of the artist, name of the piece, and date created, if known.
We are also hoping to livestream our High Holidays services again this year, and are looking for tech-savvy members of our community who could help troubleshoot and manage this process. If you (or someone you know) are interested, please email Michelle. Thank you! 

 
Use Your Boston Globe Subscription to Support BWC
The Boston Globe is bringing back their GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together) program, a community initiative that allows subscribers to help non-profits like Boston Workmen's Circle earn free advertising space in The Globe.
 
If you are a subscriber, submitting your GRANT voucher is easy - just click here, enter your subscriber # and our legal name "BROOKLINE IL PERETZ SCHOOL OF THE WORKMENS CIRCLE INC". The more GRANT vouchers we earn, the larger the advertising space we can use. Submission deadline is July 31, 2018. Thank you! 
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!

Thanks to all of the BWC members who joined us at World Fellowship Center in New Hampshire this past weekend! We had a great time with you. 

 
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 passing of Aaron Seidman (1937 - 2018), beloved husband of Ruth Seidman. Read Aaron's full obituary here. May his memory be a blessing.
 
Become a BWC Member
Boston Workmen's Circle is sustained by our members. If you believe in keeping secular progressive Jewish tradition alive and thriving for generations to come, please join us! Find out about BWC membership or sign up now!
 
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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Hosting a party that's too big for your house? Having a meeting, or teaching a class? Hold it at Boston Workmen's Circle! We are conveniently located on the Green Line, with plenty of on-street parking. Learn more about space rentals.
 
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