A Personal Goodbye & An Open Job Position

When I came to BWC five years ago, I was excited to work for an organization that brought together my love of justice, community building, and Judaism. I could not have imagined then what a transformative, impactful experience I would have working with this community. And so, it is bittersweet to announce that I will be moving on from my role as Deputy Director. At the end of the summer, I will be moving to Philadelphia to be with my partner and have accepted a position with Bend the Arc.
As I move into this next chapter, I am grateful to have learned from this community's warmth, generosity, dedication, and chutzpah. I have been taught, changed, and moved by each one of you, whether we came together fighting for justice in the streets, celebrating rituals at Shabes and High Holidays, connecting and relaxing at World Fellowship, or showing up to do behind-the-scenes work in committees.
When I am far away and missing you, my heart will be buoyed as I remember the sight of everyone crowded together for meetings upstairs at 1762 Beacon, the sound of A Besere Velt's singing giving us hope and strength at protests, the feeling of dancing the night away at Gragger, and the sense of power I feel when we gather together.
I hope that in these past five years I have been able to show just how much I adore this community. With every late night spent checking spreadsheets for fundraising events, every donor meeting, every hour spent going over and over the annual appeal, every evening with the finance committee, I have been working to make sure that the Boston Workers Circle remains strong and vibrant for the next 120 years.
Before I leave, I hope you will help us find our next Deputy Director. While this organization is led by our members, it is scaffolded and supported by our staff team. We are looking for someone with a strong background in fundraising, who can provide organizational leadership. This is an opportunity to help lead a vibrant intergenerational cultural & social justice organization with an explicit commitment to racial justice. Please share this job description with your networks so we can find a stellar candidate!
I hope you'll stay in touch - my personal email is mweiser22@gmail.com. Thank you for introducing this Sephardi woman to yiddishkayt and the power and resilience of rooted, intergenerational mishpokhe.
With gratitude,
Michelle Weiser
Deputy Director
P.S. One way you can help us sustain our community for the next 120 years is by joining or renewing your BWC membership! We're loving this colorful rainbow postcard creation by Helen Raizen. The sign reads, "We want racial justice." Did you color in your version of a better world? Reply to this email with a photo so we can share it out.
Upcoming July virtual meetings & events
Klezmer Spiel: Learn a Tune! with Uri Schreter
Saturday, July 11, 2:00pm on Zoom
Calling all musicians (and people who want to be)! Want to learn a klezmer tune? This is your chance! Uri will teach a new tune using both listening ("learn by ear") and sheet music, and give some tips on methods for playing learning, and memorizing the klezmer repertoire. All levels welcome! Part of the ongoing "A Bisl" series. Learn more and register here.
Yiddish Reading Group
Friday, July 17, 24 & 31 10:30am - 12:00pm on Zoom
We are currently reading a long short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, "Yentl," from his book "Mayses fun hintern oyvn." Discussion is in English, and we're always inviting new members. Learn more.
Aging in Community Small Groups
Sunday, July 12, 10:30am - 12:00pm on Zoom
Small groups being facilitated over Zoom by the Aging in Community Committee. All are welcome. Learn more here.
AFREJ Reparations Meeting
Thursday, July 16, 7:00pm - 9:00pm on Zoom
Please join AFREJ's Reparation Working Group as we discuss the Grassroots Reparation Campaign's Juneteenth Webinar and how our personal experiences impact how we take part in the work of reparations. Register for the event here!
Simon Dzigan: a Yiddish Comedian in WWII Soviet Union with Miriam Isaacs
Saturday, July 18, 2:00pm on Zoom
Remember laughter? Enjoy Yiddish? Come learn with Miriam Isaacs as she talks about her current project translating the works of the beloved Yiddish Comedian, Simon Dzigan! Part of the ongoing "A Bisl" series. Learn more and register here.
Yiddish Sing
Thursday, July 23, 7:30pm on Zoom
By popular demand, Yiddish Sing will return to cyberspace! Drop in for this informal monthly gathering to sing Yiddish folk songs. All are welcome, regardless of singing ability or knowledge of Yiddish and song booklets will be provided. Learn more and register.
Note: During this pandemic, virtual events are being planned on a different time frame than our typical in-person events. Please check our website calendar for updates throughout July.
Annual Meeting Highlights
We had a wonderful time over Zoom last week reflecting on all that we've accomplished this year as a community, revisiting our strategic priorities, and celebrating our resilient, vibrant community leaders and members.
Check out the annual meeting powerpoint, featuring 2020 highlights and some sweet photos and videos of the board and community leaders being surprised with a flower delivery.
We're Hiring: Deputy Director
We are looking for a rockstar fundraiser and organizational leader for our open Deputy Director position. Sound like someone you know? Please share the job posting with your networks. Candidates reviewed on a rolling basis; preference given to applications received by July 17.
Take Action!
Our Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary committee has raised over $19,000 to provide undocumented families with basic needs like food, housing, electricity and phone service. They've already distributed grants of up to $500 to 27 families and continue to get requests regularly. Donate here.

Standing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston is continuing to set aside one hour per week to take action together across physical distance. As national uprisings swell in response to #BlackLivesMatter, we call people together to learn, get grounded, and keep pushing forward. Register here for their future Action Hours every Wednesday at noon (this is a recurring event! you can sign up for one or more and can go back and register for a different time if you can't commit more than one at once).

As mentioned in the "A Bisl" discussion with Fatema Ahmad, Executive Director of the Muslim Justice League, and BWC's Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee, there are actions happening every single week to reimagine communities, defund the police & prisons, and invest and Black and Brown communities. Check out this Week of Action document by Families for Justice as Healing and the Building Up People Not Prisons Coalition for new ways to make an impact each week.
News of the Mishpokhe (Community News)
Life news? Actions to share? Graduation? Promotion? Simcha? What's new? Email Madeleine, mjackman@circleboston.org, to have it shared with the community.
Mazel tov to Danya Sherman and Eli Epstein on their wedding, Saturday June 23! Jen Kiok, BWC Executive Director, officiated the wedding, and they're all very excited about the whole thing! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.
Our community has several newborns to celebrate! MAZEL TOV to all of the parents and big siblings, and a warm welcome to our youngest community members:
Sefira Bell-Masterson and Kyle Costello and brother Arlo just welcomed baby Leora to their family on June 15th!
Rivka Q'orianka Corwin-Zobel was born April 8th to former BWC Shule director, Alexandra Corwin and Jacob Zobel.
Jonah Parad Rust was born on June 18th to parents Eliza Parad and Tom Rust and their daughter, Zosia.
The World Fellowship Center, where social justice meets nature, is looking for an Executive Director. Applications due July 17. Learn more here.
Every week since COVID restrictions settled upon us, a group of BWC members has been meeting to figure out how we can best take care of each other, as a community. The first thing we set out to do was survey our community to see what your concerns and needs are. Check out their COVID community resources and a secular memorial service guide.
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!