The Workmen’s Circle was founded in 1900 in the United States by Eastern European Jewish immigrants who sought a supportive society to help them transition into life in this country. They yearned for a home where they could live their values – social justice, cultural expression, intellectual curiosity, and community – as they struggled, and then thrived, in North America. Their fledgling organization quickly grew into a powerful mutual aid network that supported nearly 100,000 immigrants and their families. Today, the Workmen’s Circle is reinventing itself for the 21st century while remaining true to these progressive roots. Through Learning Communities rooted in Jewish literacy and social activism, an award-winning summer camp, Yiddish culture and language programs, and more, children, adults, and families are finding themselves and finding community while sustaining and celebrating Jewish traditions.
Your financial support of the Workmen’s Circle has a direct impact on our members, our students and their families, our Jewish community, and the larger world around us. Keeping the Workmen’s Circle strong and vibrant is critical if there is to be a place for Jews seeking a meaningful identity that connects them to their heritage, their culture, and their values. We occupy a singular place in the continuing story of Jewish life in America – one that remains remarkably relevant and increasingly in sync with the larger demographic trends in Jewish life.