The Manhattan Workmen’s Circle School aims to give students and families a strong foundation in Jewish knowledge and the tools to become active creators of Jewish culture. 

Each class day, students rotate through core, music, social justice, and Yiddish classes.  They trace connections between history and contemporary issues, and express their interpretations through artwork, music, performance, and social justice projects.

Core themes include Jewish ethics and values, biblical narrative and midrash, Jewish cultures around the world, Eastern European cultural and political life, Jews in the Civil Rights and labor movements, and the American Jewish immigrant experience.

Teachers—artists, activists, Yiddishists, musicians, and passionate educators—develop collaborative hands-on projects that are presented at community gatherings and holiday celebrations. Here’s a sampling:

  • Short films based on Jewish ethics, folk tales, bible stories, performed by students and directed by Judy Bro:

The Sign - a tale from Simm’s Taback’s book Kibbitzers and Fools 

A Small Mitsve: a tale based on a precept from Pirkey Avot