“My task is not to debate whether I’m a Jew or not, but to figure out what kind of Jew I am. For me, finding a secular Jewish community with progressive politics fits my version of that identity.”
Staff and Teachers
Jen Kiok is a lifelong activist with a deep commitment to justice. For the past 15 years she has worked as a community-based educator, using education as a tool for social change. Jen identifies as a secular Jew and a spiritual Jew who feels a deep sense of connection with her ancestors. She believes that we have a collective responsibility to work in solidarity with people whose identity mirrors the identity of our ancestors and envisions a Workmen's Circle community in which we work hard to take care of each other and the world. Jen loves spending time in nature with her husband, Seth, and their children, Rose and Jonah.
Reach Jen at 617-566-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth & Community Organizer
Liz Krushnic is a Newton native with a BA in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality studies from Wesleyan University. Prior to the Boston Workmen's Circle, Liz worked at the Let's Get Movin' Program of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center as an after school program leader, case manager and garden coordinator. For the past few years Liz has been attending high holiday services at BWC and loving them. She is thrilled to join the BWC team as the Youth and Commnuity Organizer. In her free time, she can be found in her garden eating husk cherries or in the kitchen preserving the bounty from her CSA. Liz is a fellow at JOIN for Justice.
Reach Liz at 617-566-6281 or by email at email@example.com.
Jenny Silverman has been a longtime member and leader of Boston Workmen's Circle. As a former Shule parent and Shule teacher, she brings a passion for social justice and secular Jewish identity to her current role as Shule Education Director.
Jenny spent 22 years working at Red Sun Press, a worker-cooperative that prints for the movement for social change. Jenny is currently working on the development of a new community and worker owned food co-op in Dorchester, where she has lived for the past 35 years. Jenny loves singing with A Besere Velt, and working with her husband, Shule music teacher Bob Follansbee, in their community garden.
Reach Jenny at 617-272-5917 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications and Development Manager
Michelle is a graduate of Boston University, where she majored in Communications and minored in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. Michelle participated in the JOIN for Justice '14-15 Fellowship program, and was a community organizer at Toxics Action Center prior to joining Workmen's Circle. She also worked for two years in Public Affairs at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). Michelle lives in a cooperative home in Jamaica Plain and is overjoyed to be working for collective liberation as part of the Workmen's Circle community.
Reach Michelle at 617-566-6281 or by email at email@example.com
Circle Playtime: Meira Soloff
Kindergarten: Lily Sieradzki
Alef (1st grade): Sarah O'Connor
Beyz (2nd grade): Sarah Robins
Giml (3rd grade): Pauline Katz
Daled (4th grade): Celia Lechtman
Hey (5th grade): Mirah Sand
Vov (6th grade): Nellie Shippen
Zayin (7th grade): Megan Wolf
Music: Bob Follansbee