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SHINING A LIGHT ON: brookline's boston workers circle
- The Boston Workmen’s Circle has a new, more inclusive name: Boston Workers Circle. “It’s not a workmen’s circle,” said 14-year old Reuben Pomerantz, one of the students who pushed for the change. “It’s not just men. Boston Workers Circle is a gender-neutral name and more inclusive, and I think it reflects what this organization is about.” (Boston Globe).
- In 1892, the original 'circle' was founded in New York City by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who were seeking aid from difficult working conditions in America. With no programs in place for a range of needs – from medical care to homes for the elderly – the group’s power grew steadily to include chapters all over the country. (circleboston.org)
- Over the past 20 years, the Brookline-based center has morphed into an educational and arts institution offering programs for a range of ages, including Sunday School classes for children who learn about Jews’ involvement in the labor movement, “encouraging them to pursue activism and social justice at their school and beyond.” (Boston Globe)
- It’s no surprise then, that a group of 5th graders took charge two years ago to petition for a name change. “Our bold students who organized for this name change recognized that our name was out of sync with our values,” said Jen Kiok, the group’s executive director. “A gender-neutral name change is long overdue.” (Boston Globe)
- Congratulations to the young, activists at the Boston Workers Circle for being all-star change agents!
- To learn more about the Boston Worker’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice click here.