Northern California branch (#1054) of the national group promotes secular Yiddish culture, Jewish education, and social justice through events in the San Francisco Bay Area. In recent years, the branch (also known as the Maurice Savin branch) has created and co-sponsored poetry readings; talks, panels, and exhibits on Yiddish theater and labor and activist history; klezmer concerts; secular Jewish New Year celebrations; a labor seder; and Hanukkah/khanike parties, as well as mini-courses and discussion groups on Yiddish history and culture.
Branch also sponsors free, biweekly beginning Yiddish classes in San Francisco. Members and friends participate in area marches for peace and justice, and in activities that support union contracts, gender and civil rights issues, and environmental justice. The national organization, founded in 1900, originally served immigrant and Yiddish-speaking Jews in need of mutual aid who were working far a shenere un besere velt far ale (for a more beautiful and better world for all). This remains the WC/AR motto; the progressive group welcomes inquiries from the next generation!