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Songs have animated and sustained struggles for justice, rights, and dignity throughout history. This event builds on diverse, local solidarity and resistance efforts. Join us for music by Yiddish singer/accordionist Jeanette Lewicki, guitar-accompanied multi-lingual group singing, and brief updates from Bay Area activist groups.

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The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter... Ring of Northern California, Branch 1054, is a secular Jewish organization af liated with the national WC/AR, founded in 1900 by Yiddish-speaking immigrants for mutual aid and to improve their living and working conditions. We sponsor educational and cultural events to celebrate and nourish our progressive roots, with a continuing commitment to “a shenere un besere velt far ale,” a more beautiful and better world for all.

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Sun 1:30 PM PSTSF Public Library-Civic Center Branch, Latino Meeting Room

Join us for our annual Rosh Hashonah secular event. Sunday September 24 at the SF JCC at 2 pm. Let us know if you are going to join us.


Today is the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire - March 25,1911

Let us honor those victims

A Polish Journey to Yiddish Language and Culture
Sunday, March 26, 2017
1:30 pm
Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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Come to our forum: From the Bund to the Bern: Yiddish Socialism for the 21st century on February 25, 2017 at Berkeley City College

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Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library
A presentation by Judy Baston
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 1:30 P.M. at the Jewish Community Library - 1835 Ellis St., S.F....

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A 100+-year-old secular Jewish, mutual aid society for Yiddish culture and social justice.

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 7:30 pm, Congregation B'nai Emunah - 3595 Taraval St. at 46th Ave.

Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of No. California presents -

The best and most rational diet: Jewish Vegetarianism between the wars...
Fania Lewando's Vegetarian Cookbook, published in Vilna in 1937, is filled with vivid and sometimes astonishing recipes for vegetables, drawn from Jewish tradition, from European cuisine, from the nascent health food movement, and some entirely new inventions. The book was part of a numerically small but culturally relevant wave of works in the Yiddish language on vegetarianism. Admission FREE!

Eve Jochnowitz, translator, annotator, and adapter of recipes for the modern kitchen, will look at Fania Lewando's extraordinary book in the context of the Jewish vegetarianism of her own time. Eve is a Jewish culinary ethnographer, blogger (in English and Yiddish), and co-host with Rukhl Schaechter of Est Gezunterheyt!, a cooking show in Yiddish.
Pre-Valentine's Day bonus: As a former pastry chef still known as "the chocolate lady," Eve will demonstrate how to make a sensuous hot beverage inspired by the romantic holiday.

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Chanukah celebration Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring held at Piedmont Gardens Oakland. Featuring Mama
Loshin, Myrna Oi, Andy Muchin, Diana Scott and Elaine Leeder

A National Organization

Branch 1054 is affiliated with the national WC/AR in NYC. Check their website (www. for regional events, annual con- ferences, and other benefits of membership.
WC/AR social justice positions have ap- peared in the quarterly national journal Jewish Currents, which includes essays, poetry, comic strips, and dialogue about all of these concerns. Subscription: $24/year, $18 for WC/AR members.

California History
Some branches in California have existed for a century, and have changed with the times. Branch 114, the Educational League, was founded in San Francisco in 1907 as a way for progressive Jewish families to aid each other after the 1906 earthquake. The Los Angeles Branch celebrated it’s centennial in 2008.The current Northern California Branch #1054, based in the Bay Area, was founded in 1948 when Yiddish socialists were founding Israeli kibbutzim. It is also called the Maurice Savin Branch to commemorate the financial secretary whose organizational acumen kept it alive as other locals dis- banded. In recent years, the local branch has provided a series of free, widely accessible educational and cultural events.

National History
The Arbeter Ring (translated as Workmen’s Circle, or alternatively as “Worker’s Circle”) had Eastern European socialist roots and is known historically for building bonds of sup- port and community. It pioneered sanitoria to treat tuberculosis, ran lecture series and pub- lished book s in Yiddish and English, created cemeteries and death benefits, and schools (shules) which taught Yiddish language and culture.
WC/AR branches formed across North America contin...ue to offer a sense of community, access to an adult and children’s camp, and a supple- mentary health insurance while supporting social and economic struggles worldwide
“Far a shenere un besere velt” (“For a more beautiful and better world”). Hundreds of thousands of Jews have a historic link to The Workmen’s Circle, and with a renewed inter- est in Yiddish culture, many young people are first discovering it today.

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