Workmen's Circle in Southern California:
Since our first branch was established in 1908, the Workmen's Circle
has a proud history in Southern California. A history of celebrating
the traditions of Eastern European Jewry, a history of social activism
— our forebears founded the City of Hope Medical Center! —
and a history of creating a community for our members. So we were in
1908, and so we are today.
The mural outside of the Workmen's Circle Los Angeles Building|
With a unique slate of programs, classes, and events such as our A
Shenere Velt Gallery, our Yiddish cultural programs and library, our
Social Action Committee and much more, the Workmen's Circle is a
vibrant, dynamic part of the Southern California community.
Click to read a short history of the Workmen's Circle in Southern California, or if you're brave, the long history.
And make sure to see, and read about, the mural outside our building. This work of art beautifully articulates our mission.
Workmen's Circle around the country:
The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, founded in 1900, fosters Jewish
identity and participation in Jewish life through Jewish, especially
Yiddish, culture and education, friendship, mutual aid and the pursuit
of social and economic justice.
It has historically been the goal of the Workmen's Circle — and
continues to this day — to provide vitally important benefits and
services so that the Jewish community can continue to achieve a better
At the same time, its also very much our goal to preserve the unique
beauty of Jewish and Yiddish culture so that our rich legacy does not
disappear. As a result, the Workmen's Circle is the chief — the
preeminent — advocate of Yiddish cultural activity.
And the Workmen's Circle is also a progressive-liberal organization
committed to advancing democratic frontiers, eliminating poverty,
strengthening civil rights, promoting universal health care and
opposing bigotry, tyranny and totalitarianism.
We are a membership organization which is democratically structured. We
encourage each member to become as personally involved as he or she
wishes to be through a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
Programming is extensive, opening the way for many discussions about
important Jewish issues. Emerging from our structure is also the
opportunity for members to form lifelong friendships with those with
whom they have many interests in common.
Ruth Judkowitz — Chairmentsh, Eli Dugan, Eric Gordon, Hershl Hartman, Susan Gosman, Tera Greene, Marvin Zuckerman
Hon. Henry A. Waxman, Ruth Seymour, Hon. Sheila Kuehl, Hon. Paul
Koretz, S. David Freeman, Tom Hayden, Hon. Michael S. Dukakis, Gordon
Davidson, Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman
Kalil Cohen, Director email@example.com