Roots, Resistance, Resilience: Anniversary Festival & Concert

Kresge Auditorium, MIT

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in support of our Honorees and this special event.

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 Click here to submit your memories, stories, thoughts, and feelings about the past, present, and future of Boston Workmen's Circle! 

We will collect this material for posterity and for potential use at the festival, including visual display, narrative for the concert, and text for the keepsake program book. Please submit by March 10th.  

Tickets will go on sale soon. Stay tuned for more details! 

Jenny Silverman is a longtime member and leader of Boston Workmen's Circle. Jenny is a past BWC Board President, former Shule parent and teacher, has served as BWC's Education Director for the past nine years, and will be retiring at the end of this school year. Under Jenny’s leadership, Shule has become a robust program, growing to include Circle Playtime Preschool Playgroup, and now serves over 100 children and their families. Jenny also sings in BWC's chorus, A Besere Velt, and organizes our annual community weekend trip to World Fellowship Center in New Hampshire. 

Dove Kent has over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, political education, and movement building. As the former executive director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), Dove supported the organization to win game-changing legislative victories for police accountability and worker’s rights through powerful local coalitions. Dove came to BWC as a young adult committed to Jewish Muslim Solidarity work, and eventually was hired as BWC's Community Organizer. During Dove's tenure at BWC, our young adult membership quadrupled, and our radical Purim Party, Gragger, was created. Dove currently teaches throughout the country.

Sherry Mayrent has been involved in studying, teaching and preserving Yiddish culture for the past 30 years.  Her commitment to making traditional Yiddish music accessible to the widest audience possible includes lectures, workshops and coaching, but her most important contribution is her collection of fully digitized Yiddish and Hebrew 78 rpm recordings, housed at the Mills Music Library, University of Wisconsin at Madison. Sherry was a founding member of BWC’s young adult chapter, Branch 2001, and is a lifetime Arbeter Ring member.

Thirty years ago, a group of young parents, activists & Yiddishists came together with creativity and dedication to help revive Boston Workmen's Circle. We will honor and celebrate our continued work with this inter-generational participatory festival celebrating 30 years of secular Jewish culture, education, Yiddishkayt, and social justice at Boston Workmen's Circle. We will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of A Besere Velt, Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish Community Chorus.

Whether you are brand new to BWC or have played a role in creating this legacy, this will be an opportunity to be a part of the unique community that we continue to create together. 

We're excited to celebrate with you!