Past Events

Our programs and projects help children explore the roots of who they are today, as Americans and as Jews, and to see themselves as agents of change. 

We celebrate our culture with joyous events and meaningful projects.

Here are some photos and memories from past events:

Many thanks to EVERYONE for making our Khanike celebration such a wonderful occasion. Thank you to our amazing teachers Kolya, Judy, Hannah and Emma for all your imagination, love, and hard work. What a wonderful experience to play Musical Menorah with klezmer accompaniment by two incredible musicians--Emma (bass) and Hannah (accordion). Thank you to…
Don't miss these amazing photos by photographer Lauran Epstein! Our journey in this immersive experience in Jewish immigration and labor history began with a voyage by ship, arriving in Ellis Island. Kids then created personas of early 20th century Jewish immigrants, including their professions, languages spoken, and social issues that…
What a meaningful, moving, and inspiring event! Special guest speaker Rabbi David Kline shared stories from his childhood in the segregated South and his own experience as an activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Teen activists from CAAV spoke about their amazing work to challenge police misconduct and train youth to "Know Your Rights." Teachers…
On November 17, longtime shule teacher Kolya Borodulin gave a presentation on the acclaimed Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever (1913 - 2010), described by the New York Times as "the greatest poet of the Holocaust." But Sutzkever was more than a poet; an escapee from the Vilna ghetto, he and his…
As part of their series of community service activities, members of our teen group spent Veteran's Day making sandwiches for Congregation Beth Elohim's mobile soup kitchen in Brooklyn. Thank you to David for chaperoning, to EJ for organizing, and to CBE for giving our teens this wonderful opportunity to help.…
On Sunday, October 20 we met at the Jewish Museum for the program "Archaeological Dig: Exploring the Ancient World." Kids examined ancient artifacts and had a great time in the hands-on simulated dig, with great curricular connections for Daled-Hey, whose first stop in their study of Jewish culture is ancient…
The Midtown Workmen's Circle School kicked off its series of monthly adult programs with a presentation on October 6 by longtime shule teacher Kolya Borodulin on the amazing collaboration between artist Marc Chagall and the Moscow Yiddish Theater in the years 1920-21. The presentation focused on how Chagall's revolutionary ideas…
The Midtown shule celebrated Sukes with three events this year. On Sept 21, we participated in a harvest festival in Brooklyn at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, the site of New York City's oldest house. Parents from the shule helped enthusiastic children from diverse backgrounds build mini sukkahs from recycled and…
The Midtown Workmen's Circle School teen group worked hard - and really transformed the schoolyard for a New York City public school. This was done as part of a volunteer day organized by New York Cares. So proud of the way our very own teens are making a contribution!  …
Our year at Midtown got off to a great start with the Workmen's Circle High Holiday observances. Many thanks to Kate O'Brien for organizing a wonderful program in which our longtime teacher, Judy Bro, led children's programs in conjunction with the services. The parallel program really gave the kids the…
From a proud parent: "With shirts styled in the house of Judith, today’s riders blazed their way through the thick NYC heat raising mega funds for their causes." The ride received international support due to the fabulous web site created by Blaise. The riders were honored with silk scarves for…
Mazl tov to Blaise and Joey on their cultural b’nai mitzvah ceremony!!!!  The celebration took place at a gorgeous riverside location in Manhattan.  The boys each presented a family history as well as a core project that reflected their individual journey through their Jewish heritage.  Each read and reflected on…
What amazing work our kids produced this year!  In their last-day presentations, the Alef-Beys class started us off with a musical journey led by Zach.  The Giml-Daled class shared the fantastic movie they wrote and starred in, directed by Judy and featuring dramatic interpretations of ethical maxims from the classic…
Shvues celebrates the harvest and the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. As a secular community we celebrated with learning, culture, social justice, and food. Deborah led a wonderful program modelled on the tradition of staying up all night to study Jewish texts on Shvues, recently adapted into multi-faceted…
David Ourlicht is one of the lead plaintiffs in a civil action brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights to challenge the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. On May 5, David spoke to parents, and also to the vov class, about his personal experiences with stop-and-frisk, and how he became involved in…
Thanks to families, teachers, and our many guests for making this year’s community seder meaningful and fun.   Our secular ceremony, led by Hannah, blended songs, readings, and our always crowd-pleasing line-up of family skits.  With Zach’s leadership, the klezmer ensemble gave terrific performances. Judy and Paula serenaded us in…
Purim, Puppets, Politsey! The Purim shpil we co-hosted with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice was a fabulous success, with giant puppets, incredible music and wild Purim fun for all.   Our kids wrote hilarious rhymes introducing the Purim characters, quizzed the audience on their Purim knowledge, sang songs from…
Deborah Strauss led a beautiful seder which took us through a sequence of fruits, nuts, and juice; songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino; and a program focused on how we treat the environments in which we live.   The kids made a lovely tree with their Tu B'Shvat "resolutions."  Thank…
Social justice teacher and organizer Hannah Temple led our annual event to honor Martin Luther King's birthday.   Kids and parents created a timeline and discussed the role of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement. Jonah read from his letter to the Freedom Riders, and the Vov class showed the…
Can our thoughts shape our lives? From the essays of Emerson to the mega-sensation of The Secret, Americans have long been fascinated with the powers of the human mind – particularly the question of whether positive thinking can bring us wealth, health, and happiness. In this lively and intellectually substantive…
On February 3, 2013, film producer Danny Massey presented his highly-acclaimed documentary film PERSONS OF INTEREST, an exploration of the US government's practice of arresting and detaining Muslims in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. After showing the film, Mr. Massey answered questions about the film, the issues presented in the…
On January 13, Kolya led his fabulous Trip to Yiddishland. There was a flight on Shtetl Air, and a play with Yiddish songs kids had been learning through the fall with Paula.  Artwork included a mural showcasing the Giml-Dalet class's study of Genesis with Judy.  Parents brought kasha varnishkes, cabbage…
Everyone pitched in to make this a beautiful and delicious celebration. Kolya started us off with “Khanike extreme memory.”  The b’nei mitsve class lit candles with blessings they composed, honoring people, qualities, and communities they value.  The teachers led their classes in Yiddish and Hebrew songs. Carla, Karyn, Jeff, Jilleyn,…
Teen group and shule students, accompanied by EJ, Hannah, and Carla, spent Veteran’s Day at an Occupy Sandy hub in Fort Greene, Brooklyn preparing supplies for communities in Brooklyn and Queens that are still deep in crisis. Marissa, Jordan, Emma, Lauren, Julia, Benji, Max P, Max B, Anton, Blaise, Zane, Mateo and Jonah…
Zach and our group got everyone smiling and clapping to Yiddish songs at VillageCare, a senior living facility near our school on the West Side of Manhattan. We walked over after shule and entertained residents in their lounge.  Max played saxophone, Emma provided a sign-language accompaniment, and Shayna G, Shayna…
Midtown shule teens joined New York Cares for its volunteer day to beautify New York City public schools.  Emma, Jordan, and Jojo painted a mural of ocean life for an underfunded school in Sheepshead Bay. Afterwards, they met up with Anton, Benji, Max and Phineas for a meal. As Emma reported…
Our series of parent programs began with a fascinating talk by longtime shule Yiddish teacher Kolya Borodulin: “Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Experiments with Yiddish Culture in Birobidzhan.” The audience included many guests to our shule as well as members of our new teen group. In a personal and passionate presentation, Kolya…
Our first field trip this fall was a family program at the Museum of the City of New York, “Learning about Immigration through Theater.”  In a mock-journey to America led by theater educators Liz and Carrie, kids acted out what they’ve been learning about adapting to a new land and…
What a beautiful, rich, hands-in-the-dirt, kids-in-the trees Sukes at the Wyckoff House, the oldest house in New York City. Jason, the garden head, guided our group through planting, pressing cider, and learning about sustainable farming and composting. With Melissa, who runs the museum’s education programs, we created planters for basil…
Celebrating the New (Jewish) Year, our Rosh Hashone event was led by MWCS's inimitable Deborah Strauss with musical accompaniment from faculty member Zach Mayer. This year's celebration was woven with klezmer, coloring, singing, apples, honey and homemade challah. Klezmer band practice followed, before the teen program. Here are some photos of…
Our school’s new year officially began with our community picnic on Sunday, Sept 2, featuring Labor Songs for Labor Day in Central Park. Teachers Perl and Hannah led us in Yiddish songs of work and struggle. A highlight was a reprise of the song we sang with the Klezmatics at…
Mazel tov, 2012 graduates! Our 2012 collective B’nei Mitsve ceremony was held at Camp Kinder Ring in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Shule families joined friends and relatives of the nine b’nei mitsve students for an extraordinary day.  What people are saying about your amazing day: "I feel good about the future,…
Our annual Purim carnival features games, music, arts and crafts, storytelling, and performances by each class. Highlights from Purim 2011: Our yearly guessing game, known informally as Which-Jew-Am-I? Each child comes dressed as a Jewish figure of fact or fiction, then stands before the group and offers three clues to his or…
On October 23, 2011, the Midtown Shule occupied Wall Street. After a kid-friendly discussion in a nearby park, we made signs and marched to Zuccotti Park, where children explored the site and spoke with protesters. Here’s a parent’s e-mail after the event:  "This is the first time in years that I've…