Member Testimonials

Elliot

Elliot, Student

The first Workmen’s Circle activity that Elliot went to with his parents was a Hanukkah party with latkes, games and craft activities. After that he started participating in classes twice a month as one of the youngest Sunday School members. Since then, he’s been to Workmen’s Circle celebrations for Purim, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and other milestones; done projects on his ancestors and Jewish immigration to the U.S.; joined Workmen’s Circle at the Women’s March and the Families Belong Together March; and started learning Yiddish. His favorite Yiddish song is Ale Brider. Join Workmen’s Circle and come sing with Elliot!

Rachel Kamins

Rachel Kamins, parent

Rachel and her husband Joel have been active in social justice for many years through work, volunteering and protests. As most participants can attest, activism can be a powerful piece of one’s Jewish identity, although it wasn’t until Rachel and Joel came to Workmen’s Circle that they found a proper home for that instinct. For them, Workmen’s Circle provided a venue where culture and community converged in one place with the celebration of Jewish holidays and life events along with social justice activism. For Rachel, Workmen’s Circle is a community that nurtures her family’s discovery of its own Jewish identity.

 

Stephanie Schwab

Stephanie Schwab, parent

Stephanie came to Workmen’s Circle, along with her husband Adam and son Aaron, during the Chicago group’s inaugural year of 2015. She comes from a background heavy in symbolism, but light on meaning—her immigrant parents having a menorah but also a Christmas tree each year because they wanted to be American. It wasn’t until high school that Stephanie began to feel that she wanted to discover a deeper sense of her Jewish identity. She traveled to Israel when she was 18, and her passion for community has grown ever since. Her commitment to a welcoming, all-embracing brand of Judaism for her family has brought them to Workmen’s Circle.

Michael Morowitz

Michael Morowitz, parent

Looking to form a Jewish education that extended beyond the “four walls of the synagogue,” Michael and his wife Jill brought Workmen’s Circle back to Chicago, as we know it today, in September of 2015. The couple, along with their two sons, David and Isaac, have since discovered a cultural, exploratory variety of Judaism that aligns meaningfully with the members of its community. For them, that’s meant a renewed interest in past tradition, as in the case of their Yiddish roots, as well as active participation in social justice work of the day. As Michael sees it, Jewish culture is much richer than any one interpretation of the religion allows for. Members of Workmen’s Circle Chicago are inclined to agree with him.