Lean in to Community to Soothe Election Anxiety

 
Dear friend,
 
I remember four years ago. We all do. Then, we were shocked and unprepared - and we reached out to our community to get through it. We needed each other, and the support we could create, to hold on to the values we cherish.
 
Since 2016, the Boston Workers Circle’s community has grown stronger, building programs and action groups and study groups and community support networks. We have worked even harder during these four years to put our values into action, to build a caring community within, and to reach out to others outside of our community with that same level of care and dedication.  
 
Now, as we await the results of this election, we know that we continue to need the support of this strong community.Since before the pandemic hit, a group of us have been planning a Shabes gathering for the Friday after the election so that we have a place to respond together, whatever the outcome. 
 
We know that gathering in community is more crucial than ever so that we are not isolated when we celebrate — or when we grieve. Many of us have been and will continue to work hard to protect this election (see below for actions you can take). On Friday, we'll come together in community.
 
We, the Shabes Committee, have joined with the Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee and invited in voices from all over BWC to plan this gathering. Please join us this Friday as we create a space where, using readings, music, conversation, and traditional rituals, we can reflect, restore, connect… and keep on moving forward.
 
In solidarity, 
Jill Edelson
Co-chair of the Shabes Committee
 
KEEP ON MOVING FORWARD SHABES
Friday, November 6, 7:00pm on Zoom
Please join the Boston Workers Circle community for a post-election Shabes. Whatever the outcome of the election - or no known outcome - we will gather together to share rituals, readings and music. With our community, we will keep on moving forward. Learn more and register here to join us.
 

TAKE ACTION: PROTECT THE VOTE

*BWC is forming a contingent for potential mobilization this week. Protect the Results,a coalition of over 100 organizations, has organized a mass mobilization throughout the country if needed to assure that every vote is counted and that the results of the election are protected. The mobilization will likely take place the afternoon of November 4. Boston Workers Circle expects to have a contingent at the mobilization.

 
Want to stay up-to-date and join the BWC contingent to protect our democracy? Join the BWC Rapid Response Network Listserv for information this week and throughout November as actions form. Location and timing details will be shared with the BWC Rapid Response Network this Wednesday should a protest be taking place. Click here to join the BWC Rapid Response Network, and click "Ask to Join Group" (as shown in image above) to be added.
 
We know that not everyone is comfortable or able to join protests in the streets right now, and we will also be sharing meaningful ways that folks can take action from home.
 
 
* Today is Election Day, the deadline to vote! If you haven't already voted, create an action plan now. Visit the MA state website here find your polling location, track your ballot, and for all other details!
 
Reminder: We won't know the final results of the election on November 3rd, and that's okay. It takes time to count all ballots, and is important that every vote must be counted.
 
 
NOVEMBER EVENTS WITH BWC
Yiddish Reading Group
Friday, November 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:30am - 12:00pm on Zoom
We are currently reading Isaac Singer’s “Der Spinozist”. The text is available for free download herefrom the National Yiddish Book Center. Discussion is in English and new members are welcome to join! Learn more.
 
Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm on Zoom
The Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee will be meeting virtually on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30pm. We welcome new members. Get contact info here.
 
Somerville Yiddish Vinkl
Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm on Zoom
Somerville Vinkl will be held virtually for the month of November. This is an opportunity for you to sharpen your Yiddish skills in a comfortable and informal setting, whatever your level of Yiddish. All are welcome. Learn more and register here.
 
Yiddish Sing
Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm on Zoom
Drop in for this informal gathering to sing Yiddish folk songs. All are welcome, regardless of singing ability or knowledge of Yiddish. Song booklets provided. Learn more and register here.
 
Aging in Community Small Groups
Sunday, November 22, 10:30am on Zoom
Our next Aging in Community program will be small group discussions focused on how we can support one another during this incredibly challenging time. Get contact info here.
 
Reparations and Family History: Envisioning the Path to Repair
Monday, November 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm on Zoom
Join the Acting For Racial and Economic Justice Committee in a conversation with Lotte Lieb Dula, creator of reparations4slavery.com, as we look at the stories of those involved in the reparations movement and explore our own family stories, histories and heritages. Learn more and register here.
 
Get a head start on reading... Circle Book Group "Tell Me a Riddle"
Sunday, December 6, 10:15am on Zoom
A century after her birth, Tillie Olsen’s writing is as relevant as when it first appeared. The clarity and passion of her vision and style have become even more striking over time.Learn more.
 
Note: During this pandemic and election, events are all virtual and being planned on a different timeframe than in-person events. Please check our website calendar for updates.
 
Most events are free, but may require registration online. Click here to make a donation in support of our community programming.
 
Become a BWC Member
Boston Workers Circle is sustained by our members. If you believe in keeping secular progressive Jewish tradition alive and thriving for generations to come, please join us! Find out about BWC membership.
 
Get More Plugged In @ BWC
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 Solidarity, Aging in Community, Shule, Young Adults, and Caring. Email Maddy to learn more about our diverse committees!