Staff and Teachers

Staff

Photo of Jen and childrenJen Kiok
Executive Director

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. She uses she/her/hers pronouns.

Reach Jen at 617-566-6281 or jenkiok@circleboston.org.
 


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Liz Krushnic

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. Prior to joining the staff, Liz was attending high holiday services at BWC and loving them. In her free time, she can be found in her garden eating husk cherries and watching flowers grow. Liz is an alum of the JOIN for Justice Jewish Organizing Fellowship. She uses she/her/hers pronouns.

Reach Liz at 617-566-6281 or by email at liz@circleboston.org.

 



Sandy Martin

Office Manager 

Sandy has worked for, and volunteered with, youth organizations and community coalitions in the Boston area for more than 30 years. She was the coordinator of the South End/Lower Roxbury Youth Workers' Alliance for more than ten years- an organization which became a model for other neighborhoods across the city. 

Sandy's parents both grew up in Jewish Roxbury, and she is happy to be working with Boston's Jewish social justice community. She is also very happy spending time with her 1-year old granddaughter. Sandy uses she/her/hers pronouns.

Reach Sandy at 617-566-6281 or by email at sandy@circleboston.org


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Jenny Silverman

Education Director

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. Jenny uses she/her/hers pronouns.

Reach Jenny at 617-272-5917 or by email at jenny@circleboston.org.
 



Michelle Weiser

Communications and Development Director

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. Michelle uses she/her/hers pronouns.

Reach Michelle at 617-566-6281 or by email at michelle@circleboston.org


 

Teachers

Sunday School Teachers

Circle Playtime: Meira Soloff 

Kindergarten: Sammy Sass

Alef (1): Chloe Piazza

Beyz (2): Sarah Robins

Giml (3): Pauline Katz

Daled (4): Kai Rosenfield

Hey (5): Mirah Sand

Vov (6) and Hebrew: Nellie Shippen

Zayin (7): Megan Wolf

Music (Circle Playtime and Shule): Bob Follansbee 

Hebrew: Naomi Weinblatt

TASC Coordinator

Liz Krushnic

Yiddish Teachers

Max Edwards
Lillian Shporer Leavitt
Rachelle Grossman