Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture

Honoring the pursuit of Jewish learning at Temple Hillel B’nai Torah

Marya Axner "Lens on anti-Semitism: Unraveling the confusions, finding the patterns, building allies.”

 Marya Axner served as director of the New England Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) for 12 years before retiring in June 2019. The JLC enables the Jewish community and the trade union movement to work together on important issues of shared interest and concern, in pursuit of our common commitment to economicand social justice. Currently, Ms. Axner is a consultant to the JLC, leading workshops on anti-Semitism for labor unions and social justice organizations. 

 Before working at the Jewish Labor Committee, Ms. Axner worked in the Education Department of the Jewish Women’s Archive.  She has been an art teacher, an artist, a multicultural consultant and a writer for a non-profit organization. Marya lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband, Mark Niedergang.

RSVP for dinner by calling or emailing the temple office

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Friday evening, November 22, 2019
Dinner: $19 per adult
Lecture: suggested donation $36
We do not accept money on Shabbat.
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The Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture honors the pursuit of Jewish learning at Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, with its mission of promoting adult education which is accessible to all, by providing a multi-dimensional exploration of Jewish identity reflecting top-notch Jewish scholarship.

In 2007 HBT created a permanent endowment to support this annual fall lecture in honor of Allen Worters (of blessed memory). Our goal for the endowment is to raise $7200 (400 × chai), so that the fund will continue in perpetuity, and provide an honorarium from the accrued interest. The endowment is now housed at Boston Community Capital, a certified community development finance institution. Please make checks payable to HBT designating the Annual Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture Fund.

Past speakers have included:
Robin Washington
Joyce Antler
Keren McGinity
Lori Lefkowitz
Simon Rabinovitch
Deeana Klepper
Arthur Green