Boston Workers Circle holiday programs weave together readings, reflections, and music that draw on Jewish tradition and contemporary issues. We have created secular rituals that feel deeply meaningful and authentic, while not being centered around prayer and worship. By connecting us to each other, to our history as a people, and to our passion for social justice, our vibrant community provides a source of spirituality and belonging.  Whatever your level of Jewish knowledge, whatever the faith, ethnic, or gender diversity of your family or upbringing, you are most welcome to join us. 

Have questions about our holiday observances or want to help plan them? Get in touch with our Ritual Committee Chair, ritual@circleboston.org.

Shabes Gatherings

Every Boston Workers Circle Shabes is an opportunity for members and friends to gather together, to relax and enjoy one another’s company, and to share the traditional Friday night blessings that acknowledge our gratitude for what community, candles, wine, and challah give us. The gatherings are also a chance to get to know some members of our community better.

Looking for our Shabes ritual template? Click Here.

High Holidays

Rooted in a Jewish commitment to social justice, we have created unique programs of readings, reflection, and singing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Whatever your level of Jewish knowledge - however you might define your own spirituality - we invite you to join us.

The High Holidays are the most highly attended gatherings of the year at Boston Workers Circle. They inspire, uplift, and remind us of the power of community.

Observances take place on the morning of the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on the morning of Yom Kippur. Adults and children of all ages are welcome.


Tu B’Shevat Seder

Tu B’Shevat has been celebrated many different ways in Jewish history, changing to meet the needs of each generation. It has been a pagan festival, a tax deadline to calculate agricultural tithing, a kabbalist mystical observance, and Jewish Arbor Day, birthday of the trees. We mark our Tu B’Shevat seder, adapting it to our needs as secular progressive Jews in the 21st century.

Join us in person or online via Zoom for a unique Tu B'Shevat seder, marking the "New Year for the Trees."

Readings, songs, and poems will reflect the origins of the seder adapted to progressive secular Jewish life in the 21st century.

This event is pay-what-you-can (suggested donation of $5 to $10+).

The Tu B'Shevat Haggadah will be sent to registrants before the seder.

All registrants (in person and online) will be invited to actively participate with the option to read a portion of the Haggadah aloud during the seder.

This year's Tu B'Shevat Seder will take place on Sunday, January 28th.

Ritual foods will be provided at the in-person seder.  If you are attending online, here is a list of ritual foods (optional) that we invite you to have during the seder:

1. Something red: red wine, red grape juice, cranberry juice, etc.
2. Something white: white wine, white grape juice, apple juice, etc.

1. One food with hard shells: pomegranates, oranges, nuts with hard shells; etc.
2. One food with hard pits: dates, cherries, olives, etc.
3. One food with no shells or pits: figs, seedless grapes, etc.
4. One fragrant food (just to smell, not eat): lemon, etc.

If you are attending in person, here are the covid safety precautions:

  • Everyone must be fully vaccinated against covid, including eligible boosters 
  • Everyone must test negative for covid on January 28 before attending the seder 
  • Masks are strongly encouraged (except when eating) 
  • Anyone who is not feeling well should attend online from the comfort of their favorite device 
  • We will not have a potluck (ritual foods will be provided)
  • If covid rates in the community become a concern, we will celebrate Tu B'Shevat online only

Questions? Email info@circleboston.org.

Our Tu'BShevat Seder is co-sponsored by Kavod
Annual Peysakh / Passover  Seder
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In Person registration has now closed,
livestream tickets are still available!
Members: $55/Adult; $30/Child Members: $12
Non-Members: $70/Adult; $30/Child Non-Members: $18
Children under 5: Free
All BWC events are sliding scale; nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Instead of our traditional potluck, we will have catered meals from Fresh Food Generation, which is reflected in increased pricing. There will be salad and potatoes available as sides for all meals.  The main dishes will be:

  • Chipotle Chicken
  • Grilled Tofu, Rice
  • Mac & Cheese

The BWC Passover Seder is a community-supported event.  On your registration form, you can volunteer for the following roles:

  • Shopping
  • Setup 
  • Cleanup
  • Bringing:
    • Charoses (nuts/no nuts/no nuts or alcohol)
    • Hard-boiled Eggs
In line with BWC’s values and our commitment to protecting our community, we are requesting that attendees take part in our efforts to care for the health of everyone inside and around our BWC community by:
  • Masking and taking precautions (such as avoiding attending unmasked events) to limit exposure in the week leading up to the seder
  • Testing for COVID-19 the day of the seder; free tests can be picked up in BostonCambridge, and Somerville
  • Self-evaluating for COVID-19 before coming; look for symptoms like fever over 100.4 °F, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, or other related symptoms listed here by the CDC; if you’re not feeling well, please join us at the livestream, rather than in person. All in person attendees will receive the livestream link.
  • Masking with an N95/KN95/KF94 when not eating or drinking; we will have masks at the door

In collaboration with Kavod Boston’s Safety Team and the Boston Community Safety Network, we are planning for community safety during this event in alignment with BWC’s commitment to exploring non-carceral approaches to holding programming safely. Our safety team volunteers will be present to help us in keeping our community safe.

In Person registration has now closed,
livestream tickets are still available!
Other Celebrations Around the Circle

Our shule community comes together for family celebrations of Sukes, Khanike, and Purim.

Our young adult community puts on a radical Purim party called Gragger – a fantastic time for all!

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