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Workmen’s Circle Secular Jewish Sunday School Moves to Lower East Side (Sponsored)

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Join Workmen’s Circle’s Secular Jewish Sunday School in a new location on the Lower East Side!

Is your family interested in exploring Jewish cultural identity, social justice, and Yiddish? Registration is now open for the Manhattan Workmen’s Circle School, a secular Jewish education program for children ages 2-13 held on Sundays from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway. First day and Open House is September 8.

Our “shule” (Yiddish for school) explores Jewish identity through cultural heritage and social justice activism. Hands-on classes for children ages 2-13 include history, culture, music, art, cooking, Yiddish language, and b’nei mitsve prep. We are a welcoming community of families from a variety of backgrounds, races, gender identities, and family structures from the greater NYC area.

We meet:

Sundays, 10 AM-1 PM, at the Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway, NY, NY 10002.

September-June, except holiday weekends and weekends before and after public school vacations. 

Program includes:

Classes for children ages 2-13

B’nei Mitsve

Yiddish language and culture

Parent programs

Family field trips

Holiday celebrations

Teen community service and activism opportunities

Hear from our parents:

Our child really loves the combination of hands-on learning, Yiddish music and song, family recipe cooking classes, and its big-family atmosphere. We also value its community of parents, a group of people from all over New York interested in exploring their varied Jewish heritage and its connection to social justice and activism today. Now that the school is relocating to the Lower East Side there are so many potential crossovers and learning opportunities right here in the neighborhood that will further enrich the Sunday school day.

– Larissa and Tyler, Lower East Side parents

I love the way our shule connects our history and traditions as Jews with the challenges facing us today, teaching social justice as an inherent part of a secular Jewish education. That vision creates an inclusive community with a sense of meaning that’s been especially valuable to me in these times, with a multifaith and interracial family. My eight year old son, entering his fourth year with the shule, loves learning Yiddish and has really connected with the social justice projects initiated by the older kids, like last year’s campaign to collect postcards to send to NY State legislators to promote the Greenlight NY campaign.

– Matt, Upper East Side parent

 Learn more:

Contact School Director Beth Zasloff at bzasloff@circle.org

Visit school website: www.mwcschool.com and facebook page.

Register at this link.


Workmen’s Circle family membership (required for registration): $100

Ages 2-4 (pre-Kindergarten): $500 full day or partial day; parents welcome but not required to stay with children

Kindergarten-7th grade: First child, $1100; second child $825, Third child, $560

B’nei Mitsve fee (7th or 8th grade): $300

Full tuition due September 15 (second day of classes)

The Workmen’s Circle is committed to making sure all families are able to attend; please don’t let cost or payment schedules stop you from enrolling your child. If the tuition is a hardship for you, please fill out this scholarship form.

Photo credit Erik McGregor
Photo credit Erik McGregor

*Manhattan Workmen’s Circle School used to be known as Midtown Workmen’s Circle School. Due to the school’s new location at the Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center in the Lower East Side, we have changed our name to better reflect the greater NYC area we serve. We have families commuting from all over NYC and NJ.

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