Singing For Peace & Freedom Concert: June 18, 2022

You're invited to join us, LIVE, on Saturday, June 18th at 8 pm (ET), for Singing for Peace & Freedom, A Besere Velt's first in-person concert since 2019. Come listen to us live, or join online by tuning into a livestream, and enjoy the rousing music of our Yiddish chorus, A Besere Velt, with guest artists Polina Shepherd and Lorin Sklamberg, in a joyful, stirring concert to move us towards the dream of peace, freedom, and a better world for all.
A Besere Velt is emerging after three years of care and caution to weave new and classic Yiddish songs with visions of peace and liberation. Polina Shepherd and Lorin Sklamberg will bring us beautiful guest performances, solo and in collaboration with A Besere Velt. The concert will be livestreamed on YouTube so all can join us from anywhere in the world.

Accessibility: Eliot Church is handicap accessible, and seats will be reserved in front for people with mobility, sight, or hearing needs. Music will be in Yiddish, English, and Ladino, with English supertitles for all lyrics and spoken text. 
Ticket Pricing
In-Person Tickets
By purchasing an in-person ticket, you attest that you are fully vaccinated & will wear a mask. All in-person tickets are general admission and come with the livestream link.
  • Supporter: $54
  • Standard: $36
  • Limited Income: $18
Livestream-Only Tickets: $12
Your ticket and financial support will help Boston Workers Circle continue to provide vibrant and accessible community and social justice programming. 
Please consider donating generously if you are financially able, or supporting us by joining our host committee. Enjoy the music of our wonderful Yiddish chorus and guests while supporting Boston Workers Circle!
If you are unable to make a contribution now but would like to attend, please reach out to and we will try to match you with a sponsor for your ticket.
Polina Shepherd is an internationally renowned performer, bringing traditional Yiddish songs up to date with passion and a haunting soul deeply rooted in east European Jewish folk sound.






Lorin Sklamberg is lead singer of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, a leading exponent of Yiddish song and traditional Jewish vocal techniques with a crystalline, expressive sound.






A Besere Velt – A Better World – is proud to be a voice for justice. This 70-member community chorus of the Boston Workers Circle Center, conducted by Derek David, weaves the heartache and irrepressible idealism of Yiddish folk music into a vision of justice and humanity for the 21st century.

Photo credits | For Polina and Lorin: Kristine Barrett | For ABV: Derek Kouyoumjian

Contributors and volunteers for Singing for Peace & Freedom’s host committee allow us to support the performers, be responsive to safety concerns, and make the concert accessible widely online. We look forward to honoring you as a host, whether you are able to join us in person, online, or in spirit as we celebrate peace and freedom in community.´╗┐

To help support our beloved chorus and this concert, please join the Host Committee at one of the following levels:
Resistance Circle: $1,000-$5,000+ 
Includes (6) tickets to the event and community recognition
Roots Circle: $500 - $999
Includes (4) tickets to the event and community recognition
Workers Circle: $250 - $499
Includes (2) tickets to the event and community recognition
As a committee member, you will be asked to encourage your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to attend the concert and will receive tickets/virtual access to the concert as well as an honorary listing in the concert materials.
Please fill out this form to join the 2022 Singing for Peace & Freedom Host Committee.

Thank you to our Host Committee for supporting this celebration, showing gratitude for A Besere Velt, and sustaining our vibrant, progressive, secular Jewish community.

Resistance Circle

Ava Cheloff

Roots Circle

Andy Strauss
Helen Raizen & Kathy MacDonald
Mike Felsen & Tolle Graham
Norm Berman & Sheri Abrams
Sarah T. Axelrod
Steve Ostrow & Ann Kolaski-Ostrow
Workers Circle
Anne Greenwald & Jeremy Bloch
Anne McHugh & Howard Shrobe
Bethany Basile & Kevin Scott
Bob Follansbee & Jenny Silverman
Dianne Perlmutter & Julie Silberman
Judy Somberg & Larry Rosenberg
Laura Derman & Lee Teitel
Marie Ariel & Richard Olson
Michael Katz & Linda Gritz
Norma Finkelstein
´╗┐Rachel Hess
Rebecca Zimmerman Hornstein & Jonathon Feinberg
Richard Segan & Terry Bruce