The Chicago Workmen’s Circle is eager to grow its community by providing programs for adults of all ages. Looking for something you don’t see here? Let us know!

Contact Chicago Workmen’s Circle Coordinator Corrina Demma with questions about any of these programs.


Second Wednesday of every month, 7:30–9:00 p.m., Sketchpad

Join knitters, needlepointers, crocheters, and kvetchers of all kinds for an evening of productive complaining. Feel free to bring a drink or snack to share!
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Shabbat Dinner for Grownups

July 19, 7:30 p.m., Hostel Earphoria
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Join us for a fraylikh justice-share Shabbes! The Workmen’s Circle comes from a tradition of recognizing social justice as the center of Jewish life. You are invited to bring some learning (low stakes!) on an organization, Instagram account, community group, or any justice-speaking space of which you’re a part—we’ll share with one another where and with whom we spend our time, and create a compilation of recognition for the rad spaces we love in Chicago. Come make music with our very own David Ladon before he leaves, and bring a nosh to share. We believe that knowing who our people are is a radical act in a secular world—turn up and Kumt un Farbrengt Mit undz (come and hang out with/join us).

From Tsysho to Shore

August 3, 7:30–9:30 p.m., Location TBA

Join Workmen’s Circle and YIVO as we explore the evolution of Yiddish children’s education in Melbourne Australia, from immigrant roots to Sholem Aleichem College, one of the only secular Yiddish day schools in the world. Presented by Dvora and Reyzl Zylberman, Yiddish educators and activists from Melbourne, Australia

Lecture Series Kickoff with Dr. Benjamin Balthaser

August 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m., Sketchpad

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Balthaser, Associate Professor of Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature at Indiana University, South Bend.