Back by Popular Demand: Yiddish for Dogs – and Their People Too!

(New York, N.Y.)— Is your dog meshugena or a mensch?  Find this out on May 20 when the Workmen’s Circle presents Yiddish for Dogs, where you’ll learn how to communicate with your canines in Yiddish. What’s more New York than that?! “We are always looking for new programs to connect people with Jewish culture in fun and unusual ways,” says Ann Toback, the Executive Director of the Workmen’s Circle. “We’re showing that Yiddish is accessible, vibrant, fun, and a part of all our lives as New Yorkers.

Project Renewal Celebrates Renovations and Renaming of Historic Supportive Housing Near Times Square

New York City homeless services nonprofit Project Renewal hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 307-unit supportive housing building at 351 West 42nd Street in Manhattan, to celebrate a $15 million renovation and the official naming of the building—which was once the historic Holland Hotel—as Geffner House, after former Project Renewal CEO Ed Geffner. The project was funded by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). “Thanks to Ed Geffner’s extraordinary vision and leadership, Project Renewal turned this run-down building into one of the nation’s first and largest supportive housing sites in the 1990s,” said Project Renewal President and CEO Mitchell Netburn. “Ever since, we have been privileged to provide quality permanent housing and comprehensive support services to formerly homeless and low-income New Yorkers. We are thrilled to unveil this latest renovation project and to honor Ed’s legacy with the renaming.

“RESISTANCE, Resilience, Commemoration And Culture” Workmen’s Circle-Sponsored Trip To Poland Will Connect To History, Commemorate 75th Anniversary Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

(NEW YORK, NY) – The Workmen’s Circle is sponsoring a very special Jewish Journey to Poland April 16 – 26, 2018. Highlighting the Jewish legacy of “Resistance, Resilience, Commemoration and Culture,” this Jewish journey will connect to over a thousand years of history and Yiddishkayt (Jewishness). Dr. Michael C. Steinlauf of Gratz College will serve as Scholar-in-Residence. The group tour will include bearing witness to history and the extraordinary resistance of the Warsaw Ghetto Partisans, as they commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the historic sites of the Warsaw Ghetto. Designed to take participants on a deep dive into the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Poland, the Workmen’s Circle’s curated journey will include connections to the high cultural tradition of art, literature, music, and theater, and bring participants into the heart of the vibrant Jewish community that existed in pre-twentieth century Poland, as well as commemorating together the losses of the Holocaust.  It will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.