World Fellowship Weekend | Hiring Music Teacher | July Programs

Dear Michelle,
This past weekend, members of our community joined with thousands of people marching to stand with immigrants, abolish ICE, and fight the Muslim ban. We were proud to march as part of a progressive Jewish contingent with our toddlers, teens, young adults, parents, and seniors. When we show up, we show up together. 
This summer, we will continue to have opportunities to connect, take action, heal, build, and celebrate with each other. Join us next weekend for our annual community trip to World Fellowship Center in the White Mountains. For young adults - our YA Summer Shabes Series is back in full swing! And we are continuing to show up in solidarity for a number of campaigns and community partners. Read on below for more details. 
Finally, June was the kick-off of our membership drive and we are already over 70% of the way to our goal! Thank you to everyone who joined or renewed as a dues-paying member - you are the heart and soul of this vibrant community and we couldn't be who we are today without your support. If you haven't joined/renewed yet, click here for more information about membership
In community,
Jen Kiok
Executive Director
Featured Events: Please Join Us! 
Young Adult Shabes
Friday, July 20th, 6:30 PM @ 30 Seattle St, Apt 1, Allston
Come and enjoy a relaxing and fun Shabbat! Meet members of the BWC Young Adult community, enjoy singing, and a potluck. Learn more.
Jewish Community Canvass Day for Transgender Rights
Sunday, July 29th, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Newton
BWC is joining with the MA Jewish Community led by Keshet, the JCRC, and the RAC as we partner with Freedom for All Massachusetts to knock on doors in Newton to inform people why it's so important to vote YES in November to defend transgender equality in MA! RSVP to Hannah from BWC and learn more about canvassing. 
Featured Campaigns: Take Action!

Sunday, July 29th, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
BWC is joining Keshet, the JCRC, and the RAC to partner with Freedom for All Massachusetts to knock on doors in Newton to inform people why it's so important to vote YES in November to defend transgender equality in MA! RSVP to Hannah from BWC and learn more about canvassing. 

Join the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network

Through BWC's Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary Working Group, we were part of launching the Accompaniment Network - which coordinates volunteers to support immigrants facing deportation through being in court with them, providing rides, raising money for bond, and more. Click here to learn more about the Network, our values, and how to join.
The NSSC is a coalition of nine faith and community groups, including BWC, providing support to a family in Sanctuary in Newton. We need many volunteers to keep this effort going! There must be two documented people at the church at all time and we need more folks to help fill all the shifts. Learn more or email to get involved. 
Support the Muslim Justice League (MJL)
The recent Supreme Court decision upholding Trump's Muslim Ban continues a trend of criminalizing Communities of Color while hiding behind national security or public safety justifications. Our long-time and close community partner, the Muslim Justice League advocates for human and civil rights that are threatened under national security pretexts through community education & organizing and legal & policy advocacy.  
Membership Drive
June was the kickoff of our membership drive and we are already over 70% of the way to our membership goal for the year! Thank you to everyone who joined or renewed. With your support as a dues-paying member, we can continue to build a community and home for secular Jewish life; we will continue to be a bold voice for social justice; and we can continue to flourish as an arts and education center celebrating Yiddishkayt and our diverse Jewish cultures and traditions. 
If you haven't yet signed up - visit or call us at (617) 566-6281.
Hiring - Shule Music Teacher
Are you or someone you know passionate about Jewish identity, social justice, and teaching these values and traditions though song and music? The Jewish Cultural Sunday School of Boston Workmen's Circle teaches Jewish history, culture, and progressive values to children in Grades preK - 7th.
Seeking experienced music teacher with knowledge of social justice and Jewish repertoire, knowledge of Yiddish songs a strong plus! Comfort on a portable, acoustic instrument such as guitar also desirable. Music teacher interacts with all grade levels on a rotating basis. Classes meet approximately two Sunday mornings each month, September through May in Brookline, MA.
Send resume and cover letter to; applications accepted on a rolling basis. BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People who identify as Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, Sephardic, Mizrachi, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Ongoing Meetings, Classes, Events
Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee Monthly Meeting
Thursday, July 12th, 7:00 PM @ BWC
Through political action, relationship building and community education, the BWC Jewish Muslim Solidarity Committee works to foster positive ties between Jews and Muslims in Greater Boston and joins with the Muslim community in opposing Islamophobia in all its manifestations. Learn more
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.
  • SOMERVILLE: Thursday, July 12th, 8-10 PM. For location and directions, contact Mike or Linda at
  • BROOKLINE: Monday, July 16th, 7:30-9:30 PM. For location, contact Dick Bauer at
Yiddish Sing
Thursday, July 26th, 7:30 PM @ BWC

Drop in for this informal monthly gathering to learn and sing Yiddish folk songs. Songbooks provided. All are welcome, regardless of singing ability or knowledge of Yiddish. Learn more

High Holidays - Call for Artists & Tech Support
Calling all artists and art lovers! We are currently creating our ritual booklets for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and are excited to include new artwork to accompany the readings, songs, poems, and reflections. The Ritual Committee is seeking visual art on the themes of remembering, awe, presence, vision, action, a better world, healing, connection, and love, as well as symbols of the High Holidays such as a shofar, and apples and honey. Are you an artist, or is there a piece of visual art that you love, which fits in these themes? Art can be original work or any piece that inspires you. 
Send submissions through this form by Sunday, July 15th. Please include the name of the artist, name of the piece, and date created, if known.
We are also hoping to livestream our High Holidays services again this year, and are looking for tech-savvy members of our community who could help troubleshoot and manage this process. If you (or someone you know) are interested, please email Michelle. Thank you! 
BWC's Secular Community Service for Rosh Hashanah is Monday, September 10th and our Yom Kippur Service is Wednesday, September 19th. Registration will open soon. 

May Their Memories Be A Blessing
Jacob Schlitt 
(1927 - 2018)

Jake Schlitt, beloved father, grandfather, husband, and long-time BWC leader and past-president, died in Boston at the age of 90 on Friday, June 22, 2018. An advocate for labor, civil rights, Yiddish culture and democratic socialism, Schlitt was honored in 2014 by the Boston Democratic Socialists of America with the Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award. He is survived by his wife, Frances Morrill Schlitt and their son, David (Sarah); his first wife, Sylvia Schlitt, and their three children, Carol (Alan), Lewis (Nina) and Martha (Mark); and grandchildren Miles, Henry and Elliott.
Jake was born in the Bronx in 1927, the only child of Celia Schlitt (nee Goldstein) and Louis Schlitt. Celia was a garment-worker and self-taught intellectual who participated in New York's 1910 cloakmakers strike and raised Jacob alone following the death of her husband in 1931. 
At CCNY in the late 1940s he was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, and active in the student strike against racism and anti-Semitism. In 1950 he became an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, then a staffer for the Jewish Labor Committee before becoming Education Director of the Amalgamated Laundry Workers Union. While there Jake volunteered with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters for the historic 1963 March on Washington, bringing five busloads of Laundry Workers to the March. On the staff of the US Commission on Civil Rights since 1965, he was named Director of the newly formed New England regional office in 1979. Jake then helped found the Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition, and was an early participant in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.
Schlitt has been a member of the Workmen's Circle since 1956, and served as president of the Boston chapter. In 1973 Jake participated in the founding convention of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, which later evolved into the DSA. In retirement he continued to serve on the New England Jewish Labor Committee's Executive Board.
Click here to read Jake's full obituary. Contributions may be made in Jacob's name to the Boston Workmen's Circle.
Marvin Sparrow
(1925 - 2018)
Marvin Sparrow, a long-time BWC supporter and member, died on Thursday, June 28, 2018. He was 92 years old. Widowed 22 years ago, after 44 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his brother, Ephraim Sparrow, cousins, three children, Deborah, Joshua, and Ruth, two grandchildren, Mattias and Celine, his partner of the past 20 years, Hilda Bleyer, and her children and grandchildren, and by their spouses, partners, and other family members. In his last days, he took great care to express his gratitude to his family, friends, and devoted caregivers. 
He was born on October 18, 1925, in Hartford, Connecticut to Charles Sparrow and Frieda Gottlieb Sparrow, and took great pride in their traditions, their affiliation with Workmen's Circle, and the model they transmitted to him of generosity, moral compass, and humility. He was a graduate of M.I.T. and Harvard Law School, and a veteran of the Korean War. He devoted his entire career as an attorney to the law firm of Goulston and Storrs, where he cherished many close and caring relationships. He was always passionately committed to the causes of social justice, civil rights for all and to world peace, and to these ends, dedicated himself to nonprofits and philanthropies, including many associated with the Jewish faith. 
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Thank you to Ariel DiOrio, Traci Laichter and Alli Gofman for coordinating and facilitating our Young Adult beach day & havdalah this past weekend. Thank you to Sarah Chapple Sokol for coordinating the BWC participation in the progressive Jewish contingent at the "Together & Free: Rally Against Family Separation". 

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