Adult Education Courses

Our adult education programming is geared toward exploring the meaning of Jewish history, ritual, thought, and commitment to a better world (a besere velt) from a secular perspective. Courses are taught by highly qualified and stimulating guest instructors.

There are usually several courses each year, in the fall, winter, and spring. The number of sessions and tuition varies per course. Course information is updated on this page as it is available. Pre-registration is required. 

Whatever your level of Jewish knowledge, we invite you to learn, question, and challenge your thinking. All are welcome; you do not need to identify as Jewish.
 

Fall 2021 Adult Education Course:

Building A Culture Of Reparations

Sundays, August 29 - October 10; 6 - 8:30pm (ET)

6 Sessions on Zoom; no class on Labor Day

 

The deadline to register with the BWC cohort has passed.

Register directly with the Grassroots Reparations Campaign here.

Check back here for new Adult Ed courses in the future.

 

For the past two years, BWC's Acting for Racial & Economic Justice (AFREJ) Committee has engaged with the work of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign, an initiative of the Truth-Telling Project of Ferguson. Following up on the Kavod anti-racism course, and the recent Ujima workshops, we now invite our community to sign up for "Building a Culture of Reparations." This course is a five-session, Black-led course offered by the Grassroots Reparations Campaign and features some of the teachers who have presented AFREJ programs and introduced us to the broad scope of reparations work. We will come together as a BWC cohort for the sixth session led by AFREJ to deepen what we've learned and consider next steps together.

 

The campaign and the course speak both to faith and social justice-centered organizations. Framed by the UN's "Five Dimensions of Reparations," the campaign teaches that reparations are about much more than writing a check. The institutions of slavery and its afterlives - including Jim Crow, redlining, and mass incarceration - call for all of us to undergo a process of healing and truth-telling so we can begin to build a community that will transform our society and make repair.

 

The course's five sessions offer an overview of the spiritual dimension of reparations, the history of work on reparations, theories of reparations, case studies of reparations, embodied work, family histories that address the racial wealth gap, the psychological case for reparations, and action steps we can take to become reparationists.

 

The course is both an introduction to reparations work and also offers a way to deepen the work for those already engaged in it.

 

There is power in doing the course together as a BWC community, and to build on that power, AFREJ will offer a sixth session at the end to deepen what we've learned and consider next steps.

 

 

Sequence of Classes: 

Session 1. Spiritual Roots and Theologies

Session 2 & 3. History & Theory

Session 4. Current Movements & Cases

Session 5. Building a Culture of Repair and My Role

Session 6. Building a Culture of Repair at BWC: A session for BWC class participants facilitated by AFREJ

 

Dates: Sundays, August 29 - October 10 (6 sessions, skipping Labor Day) on Zoom

Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Registration: BWC Members: $125 - $175 sliding scale

Young adult/low income Members: $75

Non-members: $150 - $200 sliding scale

 

The deadline to register with the BWC cohort has passed.

By signing up with the Boston Workers Circle Cohort, you are getting a discount for the course and an additional community-focused session.

 

Join or renew your BWC membership here for the member discount. Not sure if you're a current dues-paying member or have other questions about payment? Contact info@circleboston.org.

(Cost should never be a barrier to accessing our programs. Our sliding scale covers the cost of our  teachers and overhead, in addition to keeping our courses accessible to participants of all income levels. However, please do not let cost prevent you from participating and, if this range is outside of your means, pay what you are able.)

 

Facilitators: 

 

Dr. David Ragland is an activist, educator, and scholar. He is the director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign, faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and co-founder of the Truth Telling Project. Additionally, David is a special advisor to Congresswomen Cori Bush and was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College. David focuses on the moral dimensions of violence and trauma against vulnerable populations in the US, as well as envisions a world with reduced violence on all levels. His analysis is drawn from the radical teaching and scholarship of MLK, particularly his description of the Triple evils of Militarism, Racism, and Materials, as an ever-present part of American life -- calling us to a shift in values. David focuses specifically on how our society conceives of justice and proposes shifting away from a model of retributive justice to a model of justice that is restorative and can transform communities and the criminal justice system and which takes America's turbulent history and lived experiences of the involved parties into account.

 

Rabbi Lynn Gottlibeb is a pioneer feminist rabbi, storyteller, percussionist, peace educator, writer, ceremonialist, community activist and clown. Rabbi Lynn is part of the leadership team at the Grassroots Reparations Campaign. She is deeply committed to a life grounded in creativity, joy, and wisdom of the Torah (teachings) of Nonviolence. Her journey includes life-long activism with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the ongoing pursuit of Israeli Palestinian conflict transformation based on principles of active nonviolence. Rabbi Lynn is the co-founder of Open Tent Shul of the Arts. Since 1964, Rabbi Lynn has engaged in multi-faith, intergenerational and multicultural organizing around issues of economic and racial justice, gender justice and the demilitarization of land and life. Rabbi Lynn served as a pulpit rabbi from 1973 to 1980 with Temple Beth Or of the Deaf and Mishkan, an experimental shul in NY and from 1981 to 2005 with Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, NM, which she co-founded.

 

This course is also led by a number of guest speakers, including members of the campaign team, Lotte Lieb Dula; Jodie Geddes of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY); Patt Gunn of the Center for Jubilee, Reconcilitation, and Healing; cilnical psychologists Dr. Medria Connolly and Dr. Bryan Nichols; and Benjamin Mertz, founder/director of Joyful Noise! Gospel Singer.

 

 

For questions about course content, please reach out to Lynne Layton at laytonlynne22@gmail.com.

 

For questions about the logistics of the course, please reach out to education director Meira Soloff at meira@circleboston.

 

Note: This course will be recorded.

 

 

Past courses include: