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 2020 Adult Education Course:

People Power: Bridging Movements and Generations in 2020

 

Join us for a 3-session course focused on the role of social movements in molding our collective history. We will explore how the past is shaping the future as we collaboratively frame our roles in this pivotal time. We will think about our connections to various social movements, look at case studies about different methods of change, and articulate the ways in which we want to move forward with our knowledge of social movement ecology. Scroll down for teacher bios and the course syllabus.

 

Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 10

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Online, over Zoom

Price: $45-60 BWC members // $60-75 non-members

 

Course Syllabus: 

 

Session 1: What Is Your Connection To Social Movements

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

 

During this session participants will:

-Meet each other, the facilitators and go over the community guidelines for the course

-Discuss why learning about social movements is important to them

-Share about their connection and experience with social movements

 

Homework: 

Peruse the readings below with these questions in mind: What roles within movements have you played in the past, seen others play, or considered playing the future? Where do you see the movements that have touched your life fitting into a larger movement ecosystem?

-Mapping Our Roles in Social Change Ecosystems (Solidarity Is via Building Movement Project)

-Movement Ecology (Ayni Institute)

-How to Create an “Ecology of Change” by Combining Movement Uprisings With Long-Term Organizing (Truthout)

 


Session 2: Strategies and Tactics of Social Movements Past and Present 

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

 

During this session participants will:

-Learn about the major theories of social change (Structural, Mass Mobilization, and Momentum)

-Identify common social movement tactics (Overton Window, Polarization, Symbolic vs Instrumental demands)

-Understand the successes and shortcomings of different social movements throughout history

 

Homework:

Participants will be given 3 case studies to choose from, each examining how a different social movement acted in a time of crisis. While reviewing the case study materials participants will identify:

-What was the crisis and why did the movement respond?

-How did the movement respond? What tactics were used?

-How did the movement's response benefit or harm it?

 


Session 3: How Are Social Movements Responding To Our Current Moment

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

 

During this session participants will:

-Reflect and apply their understanding of Movement Ecology to how social movements move into the future 

-Learn about the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on current social movements 

-Build an understanding of the role intergenerational spaces play in the evolution of social movements

 

 

Teachers: 

Nakhie Faynshteyn is a first generation Boston-based organizer and political educator. Nakhie is chair of the Acting for Racial and Economic Justice (AFREJ) Committee at Boston Workers Circle and an active member of the Boston Kavod Community where he cultivates spaces of learning and action around reparations, class consciousness and climate justice. He was also active in the Sunrise Movement Boston Hub where he trained organizers and headed the Media team. Nakhie has a Masters in Sociology from Northeastern University and is currently in the process of publishing his thesis research on the restoration process of the Lower Neponset River.

 

Rachel Leiken works in college and university chaplaincy and focuses on the intersections of religion and justice work. She also does communications for Jewish organizations training changemakers guided by spiritual and moral tools. She is an alum of JOIN for Justice’s organizing fellowship and has served as a course instructor for multiple rounds of their online course Don’t Kvetch, Organize. Rachel is originally from Southern California and loves warm weather. 

 

Nick Rabb is a PhD student at Tufts University pursuing a dual doctorate in computer science and cognitive science, currently conducting research modeling social influence via the spread of political ideas through populations. He is an organizer with the Sunrise Movement's Boston hub, where he has led the hub's outreach and education efforts, and is a co-chair of Mass Peace Action's Peace & Climate group.

 

 

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For questions about the course, please contact meira@circleboston.org

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