Who We Are

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Manhattan Workmen’s Circle School offers a cultural, project-based Jewish education for children and families.

Our program is secular and progressive, building Jewish identity through exploration of Jewish texts, history, and social justice traditions.

Teachers at MWCS are experienced educators as well as musicians, performers, Yiddish experts and activists who convey to students how Judaism can be a joyful, relevant part of their lives.  

Our curriculum is structured around long-term, collaborative projects in which students discover and create Jewish culture for themselves.  

Classes for children ages two through thirteen are held once a week on Sundays in September through June at the Manny Cantor Center, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 197 East Broadway. We follow the NYC public school calendar and do not meet during holiday weekends or school vacations.

Families, community members, and teen group members gather for holiday celebrations, field trips, community service, and activism.  

While children are in class, adults meet for a regular series of discussions, presentations, and book groups on Jewish and progressive themes.

All of our programs are infused with great music and performance, spirited discussion, and appreciation for the contributions of members of all ages and backgrounds.  

Our program builds Jewish identity through culture, not through prayer and worship, and welcomes families of every type of religious engagement.

We are proud that our members, teachers, and leadership come from a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, Jewish and non-Jewish, and from across the New York area.

We are also proud to be a welcoming and affirming community for LGBTQ families.