Celebrating our Ancestors | Sephardic Shabes | New Adult Education Course


Dear Friend,
In the United States, this week is most noticeably marked by Halloween. But this holiday derives from the tradition of All Hollow's Eve, Dia de los Muertos, Samhain and others, rooted in honoring ancestors and our connection to the natural world. The Jewish holiday of Sukkot which we recently celebrated includes a similar intention where ancestors are invited into the sukkah as we celebrate the harvest and our connection to the earth.
This week I'm thinking about ancestors in two ways. I'm reflecting on my Nana Rose, who my daughter Rose was named after, and the very different world she grew up in over a hundred years ago. I'm thinking of BWC's ancestors: the people who fought for workers rights, for immigrant rights, who fought against the systemic marginalization of Jews. And I'm thinking about how we continue that work over 100 years later as our position and role in this country continue to evolve.
This month we will celebrate the diversity of our Jewish ancestors and community, by hosting a Sephardic Shabes on November 17th. We are also excited to announce a new Adult Education course about Israel and Palestine. Please read on for the full calendar of events in November
With love,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director
Featured Events & Programs: Please Join Us! shabes
Shabes Celebrating Sephardic Culture & Ladino Language   

Friday, November 17th, 6:30 PM @ BWC
Join us for a Shabbat program and potluck dinner to celebrate Sephardic culture! BWC members Stan Habib, Raúl Salinas, and Michelle Weiser will share their own family stories, the history of Sepharadim and the Ladino language, and their connections to this rich culture and beautiful language. All are welcome! Learn more
Aging in Community 
November 19th, 10:30 AM @ Runkle School 
We are starting a new facilitated discussion series, where participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their thoughts, hopes and concerns about their own lives. We will address: How to live our lives in the best and most satisfying ways we can. What are our strengths, our assets, and how do we make the 

best of them? What are our worries, our fears? Learn more

Circle Book Group: "You Say To Brick, the Life of Louis Kahn" by Wendy Lesser

Sunday, December 10th, 10:15 AM @ member's home in Cambridge
Join us to discuss a new book each month with bagels, coffee and socializing! This is an open group that welcomes all readers interested in expanding their understanding of the wide variety of Jewish experiences throughout history and across the world. Learn more. adulted
Adult Education Spring Course 
We are excited to announce a new Boston Workmen's Circle Adult Education course for the Spring Semester: "Israel-Palestine: Why the Peace Process Failed and What to Do About It", facilitated by acclaimed author, Professor Dov Waxman. The course will span 4 sessions on Sundays in May and June. 
Course Description:
While President Trump has tasked Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to help him do the "ultimate deal" and make peace between Israel and the Palestinians, few expect the Trump Administration to achieve what its predecessors have failed to do.  Despite years of on-again, off-again peace talks, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to drag on, and Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has now lasted for half a century.  This course tackles the critical questions of why the peace process has failed, and whether the two-state solution is still viable, and it explores alternative outcomes and peacemaking strategies. The purpose of this course is not only to offer a better understanding of the reasons for the current stalemate in the conflict, but also to provide a historically informed and more holistic perspective on ways to achieve peace and end the occupation.  
Ongoing Meetings, Classes, Events
Meet up with fellow Yiddish-speaking young adults to share a meal, have a game night, play music, or just redn a yidish vort (speak a little Yiddish). Contact Lily for the address.
Yiddish Reading Group: "The Dybbuk"
Friday, November 3rd, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ BWC
The Yiddish Reading Group is inviting new members! We just started reading "The Dybbuk", the renowned play by S. Ansky on Friday, October 27th. The story is of a woman in an unhappy betrothal who becomes possessed by a dybbuk, a ghostly spirit. A bilingual edition is available hereLearn more.
Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Working Group
Sunday, November 5th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM @ BWC

This month we are having a discussion and brainstorm about prioritizing what we want to continue focusing on as a working group, in addition to our ongoing Sanctuary campaign. This is a great time for new members to join and be instrumental in steering our work and getting involved! Learn more

Yiddish Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 PM @ BWC
Join the Yiddish Committee to look ahead to fall and spring programming! Discussion in English and Yiddish with translation provided.
Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish vinkls, or conversation groups, meet twice a month in different member homes. Whatever your level of Yiddish, this is an opportunity to sharpen your Yiddish skills in a comfortable and informal setting. Drop in anytime! All generations welcome. Learn more.

This is our second meeting of the year, a great time for new folks to get involved with the committee and help form our goals for the year ahead! Learn more. 

Looking ahead to December
Around the Circle - Useful BWC Community Information
A Sheynem Dank - Thank You!Thank you to all of our Shule class parents and Family Brunch hosts who put in a lot of work to make our annual Shule class brunches a success! 
Have some gratitude for your BWC community?
Email Michelle 
to post it to the newsletter!
News of the Mishpokhe
Life news? Graduation? Promotion? Simcha? What's new? Email Michelle and share it with the community.
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Interested in joining a committee? We've got something for everyone with Yiddish, Shabes, Ritual, Adult Ed, Acting for Racial and Economic Justice, Middle East Working Group, Jewish-Muslim Relations, Aging in Community, Shule, Young Adults, and Caring. Email Liz to learn more about our diverse committees!
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