Announcing our Dvarists!

Every Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we invite two community members to give a d'var, to share their thoughts on the holidays, the new year, their lives, and learnings. 
This year, we are honored to be receiving the insight and experience of Nellie Shippen and Rochelle Ruthchild. Their personal life experiences and backgrounds in activism and education are sure to provide rich guidance and grounding for a moment of connection and reflection during tumultuous times. 
Read through their bios below to get a sneak peak of some of the wisdom they'll share --and-- remember to register today for BWC High Holidays if you haven't already to hear their d'varim live (Rosh Hashanah is only one week away)!
Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom, and making space together to reflect on 5780 and usher in 5781 as a community.
In solidarity,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director
P.S. In this virtual time, we have more "seats" open! Please share our unique social justice services with your family and friends by forwarding this email, along with an added personal invitation at the top.
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Meet Our D'Varists
Nellie Shippen will be delivering our Rosh Hashanah d'var. Nellie has been an educator, active participant, and former Inclusion and Equity Committee member at BWC since 2014. Of Iraqi and Persian Jewish descent, she has been passionate about incorporating diverse Jewish narratives into BWC and the wider Jewish community in Boston and beyond.
Nellie is a graduate student in clinical psychology who participates in the Kavod Jews of Color, Indigenous, Sephardi, and Mizrahi (JOCISM) caucus, the newly established Mizrahi Collective, and serves as a Diversity Advancement Committee student co-chair in the UIC Department of Psychology and co-lead of the department’s mentorship program for underrepresented undergraduate students. She is also excited to be helping out with Shule this year!


Rochelle Ruthchild will be delivering our Yom Kippur d'var. Rochelle grew up in Jersey City and Long Island. She discovered feminism and the women’s movement in 1969 in Berkeley, California and when she moved east to Boston, joined Bread and Roses and Female Liberation. She participated in many women’s movement actions, including a ‘chicks’ protest at WBCN, and the surprise ending of the 1971 International Women’s Day march, the occupation of the Harvard building at 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. The latter led to the creation of the Cambridge Women’s Center, the longest continuously operating community women’s center in the U.S.. The takeover and its aftermath are documented in the film “Left on Pearl,” for which she served as an Executive Producer.
In the 1970s she served as the head of the Feminist Studies section of the Goddard-Cambridge Graduate Program in Social Change. She has visited the Soviet Union and Russia numerous times, including two years as an exchange scholar, and is the author of Equality and Revolution: Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917. She is currently a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis, and a Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. An early Lesbian mother, Rochelle was married to BWC and A Besere Velt chorus member Vicki Gabriner until Vicki’s death in 2018.
Register Today
Rooted in a Jewish commitment to social justice, we have created unique programs of readings, reflection, and singing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 
Rosh Hashanah Service: Sat., Sept. 19th, 2020 @11:00am on Zoom, Followed by an optional, virtual potluck hosted by the Board, 12:30pm
Yom Kippur Service: Monday, Sept. 28th, 2020 @11:00am on Zoom, To add names for recognition in the memorial portion of the service, please register to receive the link
Children's Programs (ages 4-7): 11:15am - 11:45am during community service
To sign up for the children's program, please fill out this additional form
This year, we are also planning additional ways to be connected to our traditions and each other throughout the Days of Awe with new rituals for tashlikh, yizkor, and more. Register for the High Holidays services here, and to get updates on Days of Awe programs.