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:

Check out these great photos, video and article in the Daily News about our student-led Mother’s Day protest at McDonalds to demand a higher minimum wage! Video: MWCS Kids' Activism for a Higher Minimum Wage Article in the Daily News: School kids call for fast-food wage hike…
Shule children had a wonderful visit at Kittay House in the Bronx, where they sang, recited poetry, played instruments, and got to know residents. So meaningful for all involved. We are so grateful to Kittay House leaders and residents, and to EJ and Emma for…
Our b’nei mitsve students made wonderful connections with seniors in these visits—thank you to Dorot for this meaningful program.
Thank you to Lauran Epstein for these wonderful photos from our 2015 shule community Pesach seder. This year's seder featured readings from the JFREJ Black Lives Matter Haggadah supplement, a host of family stories and skits, songs in Yiddish and Hebrew, and homemade matzoh ball…
Mazel tov to our students for their performance at the Workmen’s Circle’s national seder, held at the UFT headquarters in lower Manhattan.  Kids chanted the Four Questions beautifully in Yiddish, performed a skit, and sang Yiddish songs, while parents enjoyed a beautiful ceremony and meal…
Hurray for our second annual social justice-themed Purim carnival with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and the Afselokhes Spectacle committee! Midtown shule kids kicked off this Brooklyn event with a sock puppet shpil with the theme of power and resistance in the Purim story.…
So exciting to have so many families participate in the largest climate action the world has ever seen! In shule we connected the march to High Holiday themes: discussing the shofar as a wake-up call ("shteyt oyf"), and the tradition of Rosh Hashanah as the…
On December 7, we met at the Museum of the City of New York to experience the remarkable exhibit Letters to Afar, By Péter Forgács, with music by the Klezmatics. The exhibit is "an immersive video art installation based on home movies made by New…
Teen Group Volunteer Day: Blizzard Box Assembly with God's Love We Deliver, Sunday, December 14th. God's Love provides its clients with emergency kits of non-perishable goods in the rare event that the organization is unable to deliver to them due to weather, van trouble, etc.…
Thanks to all who brought so much light, joy and meaning to our early Hanukkah celebration. Kolya’s class retold the Hannukah story in Yiddish. Judy’s class presented their homemade menorahs. Parents fried latkes. And the b’nei mitsve class created a carnival with face painting, dreydl,…
So proud of our teen and b’nei mitsve students who travelled to Washington to be part of this important march, that took us to the U.S. Capitol in a stream of colorful T-shirts, banners and signs. Many thanks to EJ for organizing and to Henry and…
Martin Luther King Day of Learning, Service and Action 2015 Thank you to all who helped make this year’s MLK Day program so meaningful. Hannah and Emma, you brought your knowledge and sensitivity as activists and educators to put together a program that in less…
Midtown shule teens and b’nei mitsve students escorted and cheered on athletes while they practiced their field hockey skills. There were over 300 athletes between the ages of 10-60 years old, all of whom had intellectual disabilities. What an amazing opportunity!
Following a performance by Deborah Strauss’s fiddle trio Figelin, Emma and the Hey-Vov-Zayin class were inspired to create a dramatic performance! The song they chose is from a poem written by Kadia Molodowsky while teaching impoverished Jewish children in Warsaw. Here are a few photos…
Our Tu B’shvat seder is based on a ritual created by Jewish mystics of 16th century Tsfat and adapted for progressive secular Jewish life today. In a ceremony led by Hannah Temple, we celebrated our relationship with the natural world with songs, silence, readings, fruits, juices,…
Teen group volunteer day: Sports, Games, and Crafts with KEEN at St. Mary's Recreation Center, Saturday, November 22nd. In this meaningful day, teens helped children with special needs discover how much they can do through open ended sports and art activities, ranging from football toss, bowling,…
Huge thanks to Jenny Romaine, who along with Hannah and Emma led a glorious Sukkos celebration in Mt. Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Together, we built a beautiful windblown sukkah with rope, fabric, and schach. Then we processed into the suke holding apple-topped Simchas Toyre flags,…
So great to celebrate the new year with new and returning shule families! Thanks for all your singing, food contributions, conversation, apple-catching, questions, chair-moving, clean-up help, and overall wonderful spirit. Hannah led a wonderful secular ceremony, including readings, songs, and some fascinating facts about the…
These pictures, by shule photographer Lauran Epstein, showcase the fabulousness of this year’s sumptuous, topsy-turvy, social justice-themed Purim carnival, which featured exquisite hand-built carnival games and Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino Purim music. Midtown shule students wrote, built, and performed a hilarious sock puppet Purim shpiel,…
Our shule seder, held for the first time in the Workmen’s Circle space, was a great success. Its theme, “Human Migration and Liberty,” integrated kids’ work from throughout the year on Jewish communities around the world, the teen group’s journey to the South to learn…
Many thanks to the Anne Frank Center and teaching artist Ava for an intensely meaningful workshop, in which Midtown Workmen's Circle School students viewed a film about Anne Frank's life and then created art in multiple forms based on images from the Secret Annex. The…
Midtown Workmen's Circle school kids put their art skills and love for social justice into action to call on Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program, created by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to promote fair labor practices for farmworkers. In the words of wonderful…
Dear Shule, On behalf of Will and Mateo, we wanted to convey our profound gratitude to have been able to celebrate with the Shule community the joyous occasion of the Bnei Mitzve of Mateo and Will. We were particularly glad that the children of the Shule were…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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. …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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. …
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…