In an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Wandering Jews of Astoria is suspending its activities. This follows the lead of many Jewish organizations and shuls in New York City, but it’s a decision not made easily. We all love this community for its friendships, spirituality, learning, and much more. During these challenging times, we want to see you all more than ever. But public health comes first.
Shabbat dinner on March 27 and Meditating the Way Forward on March 29 are postponed. We’ll reschedule as soon as we’re able to. For Book Club on April 19, we’ll monitor the situation and reevaluate as the date gets closer. On the plus side, we’ve all got plenty of time to read the book!
In the meantime, here are a few suggestions of things we can do from home:
The Jewish people have survived 5,000 years, sustained by our faith and our community. That’s what will get us through the coming weeks.
Shabbat & Potluck in the Sukkah
After 40 years of wandering in the desert, the Wandering Jews of Astoria will wander to Rebecca and Andrew's backyard for our second annual Shabbos in the sukkah! Mark your calendar for Friday, October 18 at 7pm. And if you're tired of wandering, there will be plenty of seats, as we gather for abbreviated Shabbat services and an unabbreviated vegetarian potluck dinner. Is there a better way to ring in the new year? Just e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org for their address and the sign-up sheet.
October Book Club
On Sunday, October 20 at 12 noon, please join the Wandering Jews of Astoria for a book club brunch and discussion of "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" by Michael David Lukas. Check out the description here.
Please RSVP to Jonah for location information as well as the sign up sheet to tell everyone what you are bringing. We hope to see you there!
October Happy Hour
Join us on Tuesday, October 22 at 8pm at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden (29-19 24th Ave) as we ring in the new year with our first happy hour of 5780. We'll be joined by our new neighbors at Moishe House Long Island City and Queens Jewish Project! Join old friends and welcome our new ones to the neighborhood. RSVP to Courtney, and we'll save you a seat. L'chaim
Ready to show off your knowledge and wits or just want to meet new people? Join us on Monday, October 28 at 8pm for a Trivia Night at Oliver's Astoria (37-19 Broadway). RSVP to Lane, and we'll save you a seat. Hope to see you there!
Calling All Astorians!
Have you ever thought about hosting Shabbat dinner, but you're not sure where to start? Partner with Wandering Jews to host one of our potlucks! We welcome hosts for groups of any size (at least 6 people, for our smaller groups) in western Queens. If you think you might be interested, e-mail Marc for more information.
September Shabbat & Potluck
Sing along with the Wandering Jews as with gather for Shabbat services and dinner on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. This month Rachel Gordon, our newest Wanderer, has graciously offered to host us. E-mail Rachel at email@example.com to RSVP. You will receive a spreadsheet to keep track of the vegetarian delights you can contribute for dinner. Two notes: Bring a chair if you can. We may cap attendance if needed - so please RSVP soon! Check out the Facebook event!
October Book Club
On Sunday, October 20 at 6:30pm, please join the Wandering Jews of Astoria for a book club dinner and discussion of "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" by Michael David Lukas. Check out the description here. Please RSVP to Jonah for location information as well as the sign up sheet to tell everyone what you are bringing. We hope to see you there!
High Holy Days 2019
The Wandering Jews of Astoria will be collaborating with Malkhut, Kehillat Tikvah, and Queens Jewish Project for the 2019 High Holy Days.
Step into the New Year with us as we gather to rediscover our deepest intentions, to reveal the unique light that shines within each of us and to recommit to showing up and sharing that light with others. We will celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with heart-opening, participatory singing, prayer, meditation and learning. Services are open to all. There's no membership requirement, but we encourage you to sign up on the Malkhut website where the registration links will be posted soon. You can also visit the Facebook event here. The schedule is listed below and unless otherwise indicated, services will be held at LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City NY 11101).
*****Please note, services are free or by donation. In order to make the High Holidays sustainable for all, we are encouraging all in attendance from the Wandering Jews of Astoria community to assist in helping of maintaining the space we will be occupying, including setting up and storing chairs, books, and other supplies as needed. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity during the High Holiday season for WJOA (assist ushering attendees to their seats, set up of snacks, other tasks as needed), please contact Courtney for details.*****
Sunday, September 29, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah Services (Evening)
Monday, September 30, 2019
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Rosh Hashanah Childcare & Children's Learning Program (Registration required)
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Rosh Hashanah Morning Services
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Taschlich in Gantry Park
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Kol Nidre Service (Yom Kippur Evening)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Yom Kippur Childcare and Children's Learning Program (Registration required)
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Yom Kippur Morning Services
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Yom Kippur Afternoon: study sessions, mini mindfulness retreat, Mincha (detailed schedule coming soon)
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Yizkor (Memorial )Service
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Neilah (Concluding) Service followed by Break the Fast
The Children's Program has limited space and registration is required. More details and links to registration forms will be on our website soon. Children of all ages are welcome in services at all times.
Malkhut is building a progressive, creative, collaborative, heart-centered Jewish spiritual community in Western Queens. Our High Holy Days are supported by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.