New Board Member
We want to express our sincere gratitude to Zahava Alter Lipton, who will be leaving the board after dedicating two years as a board member. Thank you, Zahava, for your hard work and commitment to WJOA! In her place, please join us in welcoming Lane Silberstein to the WJOA board!
MLK Day of Service
On Monday, January 21, join thousands of New Yorkers for a region-wide day of service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jenna Win will be serving lunch to seniors at the Central Queens Y at 10am. If you would like to join her, please email her to let her know you will be joining and sign up here.
January Potluck Shabbat
Ring in the New Year with the first WJOA Shabbat potluck of 2019. We'll gather at Courtney's apartment on Friday, January 25 for spirited prayers, a vegetarian Shabbat dinner, and plenty of good vibes. To RSVP, e-mail Courtney by Wednesday, January 23. You'll get a spreadsheet, so you can tell us what you'll be bringing to share. Mark your calendar!
February Book Club
The next book we will read for Wandering Jews of Astoria book club is Punk Rock Hora: Adventures in Jew-Punk Land by Michael Croland (one of the first WJOA members!). We will meet on Sunday, February 3 at noon for a potluck brunch, location TBD. There may even be an author appearance! RSVP to Jonah on Facebook or email him.
A Love Of Jewish Music: Song Share at the Yiddish Bookstore
On Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm, the Wandering Jews of Astoria will return to the Central Yiddish Cultural Organization for a night of wine, whimsy and Jewish song. Join Hy Wolfe and friends to learn new melodies and come offer your favorite tunes!
Founded in 1938 by leading Yiddish authors and activists, for decades CYCO Books has been one of America's main sources of new Yiddish literature. The evening will also be BYOB, so feel free to bring along libations to share! The address for the Central Yiddish Cultural Organization is: 5102 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101. http://www.cycobooks.org/
RSVP to Lisa and visit our Facebook event here.
A Hanukkah Bush Grows in Astoria
After a successful show last year, The Wandering Jews are once again heading to the Shillelagh Tavern for an evening of drinks, storytelling, and Channukah cheer. In addition to a list of hilarious performers, we'll also be holding an open mic to give anyone the opportunity to share your holiday tales.
This year's storytellers include:
Zoe Yellen ("Truth Serum" podcast and live show at Q.E.D.)
Malaika Martin (The Kaleidoscope Project)
Eitan Levine (Elite Daily, Cheddar)1
Yotam Tubul (Runnin’ on Empty with Yotam and Lisa)
Featuring Musical Performances by singer-songwriter Corey Sky!
Hosted by Zoe Yellen and Lisa Huberman, who is a playwright in residence with the Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab and has performed at venues throughout NYC including Q.E.D., La MaMa, Dixon Place, and Access Theater.
WJOA Shabbat Hanukkah
Share a couple of latkes with the Wandering Jews at our next Shabbat potluck on 12/7, which coincides with the sixth night of Hanukkah! We'll be gathering at Jonah's apartment for davening, dinner, candlelighting, and some holiday cheer. Services start at 7 p.m. E-mail Jonah (email@example.com) by 12/5 to RSVP. He'll send you a spreadsheet, which you can use to tell us what you're bringing (latkes, Latka, or anything you desire—as long as it's vegetarian). חנוכה שמח
Learning Happy Hour: Jews and Intersetionality
For the December Learning Happy Hour, Amparo Abel-Bey will lead us in an enlightening conversation about the way intersectionality can help us as Jews process many of the anxieties we are feeling, as well as connect with other marginalized groups to build a more just world.
Amparo is a former participant in the Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, which works to dismantle racism and economic exploitation by advancing systematic changes that result in concrete improvements in people's everyday lives. Since completing her fellowship, Amparo has continued mentor current fellows and to support future Jewish leaders.
Book Club Voting
WJOA Book Club is back! Please cast your vote online here and do so on or before Monday, December 17 at 8pm. Our choices are:
"The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant (336 pages)
"The Angel of Losses" by Stephanie Feldman (304 pages)
"The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" by Michael David Lukas (288 pages)
"For Two Thousand Years" by Mihail Sebastian (256 pages)
"Punk Rock Hora: Adventures in Jew-Punk Land" by Michael Croland (198 pages)
WJOA Xmastime for the Jews: Dinner + Movie
The age-old tradition of Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas continues! Please join WJOA on Monday, December 24 at Jujube Tree for dinner at 6pm. Afterwad, we will see a movie Astoria Kaufman theaters. Join us for either part of the evening (or both). If you plan to join us for dinner, please RSVP to Jenna by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook messenger by Sunday, December 23.
Learning Happy Hour: Rabbinic Environmentalism Edition
On Thursday, 10/18 at 7pm, ease into fall with the Wandering Jews for the October edition of our Learning Happy Hour series. This month's edition will be led by Rachel Wetter, a former Hebrew school teacher who now works for Hazon, a Jewish environmental organization. She will be talking about the ancient Jewish value of sustainability, as reflected in the Talmudic concept of "baal taschit." RSVP to Lisa and check out the Facebook event.
WJOA Trivia Night
On Tuesday, 10/30, monthly Trivia night is back! Join your WJOA friends and show off your knowledge. This month's Trivia Night will be at Raven's Head Public House at 7:45pm. Trivia begins at promptly at 8pm. RSVP to Zahava so she can save you a seat. Facebook event soon to follow.
Shabbat Across Astoria
Our next Shabbat will be on Friday, 11/2, when we're bringing back Shabbat Across Astoria! This means we'll have a few different gatherings going on simultaneously, so everyone will be able to schmooze with other Wandering Jews in smaller groups. Here's how it works: E-mail Marc (email@example.com) by Sunday, 10/28. He will e-mail you back on 10/29 to let you know who your host is. We will also send you a sign-up sheet, so you can let your hosts know what you're bringing. All meals will be vegetarian. All dinners will start at 7 p.m. (Note: We won't be having services this time.) Check out the Facebook page here.
Dorot Package Delivery
Please join us to deliver Thanksgiving meals and visit with senior citizens on Sunday, November 18 at 11am. Visits last about an hour; DOROT provides a meal to deliver to each senior along with a small Chanukah gift bag. All new volunteers participate in a brief orientation. We hope you join us for this special opportunity to make a difference in a senior’s life. Contact Jenna to sign up and for more information. Facebook invite soon to follow.
November Book Club
Please join us us for the November edition of the Wandering Jews of Astoria Book Club, where we will be discussing The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado (368 pages). We'll meet for a book club dinner and discussion on Monday, November 19, at 6:30pm at a location TBD. RSVP to Jonah and direct any questions to him as well and check out the Facebook event.