See below for the early August announcements!
Featured in today's newsletter:
How to Lead Friday Night Shabbat Services Workshop, 8/4
Shabbat in Astoria Park, 8/7
Book Club, 8/16
High Holy Days with Malkhut, 9/18 to 9/28
Shabbat on WJOA Instagram
How to Lead Friday Night Shabbat Services Workshop
Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Never led Friday night Shabbat services before and want to learn how? Or maybe you're a seasoned leader who'd like to add more tools to your toolbox? No matter where you're coming from, all are welcome! WJOA Board member Meredith Nicholson will break down the service's components, review some common tunes and best preparation practices, plus provide you with resources to help you live your best lay leader life. Following the workshop, there will be future opportunities, if desired, to work 1:1 with Meredith or another WJOAer to boost your confidence to lead Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv, or both, at future gatherings! However, those outside of Astoria are more than welcome, too.
Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link 1–2 days before the event.
Here is the Facebook Event. Please note that you have to click on "see more" below the description box to retrieve the full URL to RSVP.
Shabbat in Astoria Park
Friday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.
Friends, we're going to attempt an in-person Shabbat dinner in Astoria Park. We'll meet on Friday, August 7, at 6:30 p.m. for services and dinner. We'd love to see all of our fellow Wandering Jews, but we must follow public health guidelines. Please read the following rules before you decide to come:
Sunday, August 16, noon
The WJOA Book Club is reading "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles (462 pages). We'll meet virtually on Sunday, August 16 at noon for brunch and a discussion. Please RSVP to Jonah (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Zoom link. The book is available for purchase at the Astoria Bookshop. Here is the Facebook Event.
High Holy Days with Malkhut
WJOA is again partnering with Malkhut and a few other organizations for the High Holy Days this year. But, because this year is different from other years, it has been decided for all High Holy Days services, study sessions and activities leading up to the holidays and throughout will be held virtually on Zoom. For more information about the schedule of services and who is co-sponsoring click on this link.Since everything will be held on Zoom, the goal is to make sure everyone is comfortable and confident in the "know-how" when signing on to Zoom and performing basic Zoom functions. Prior to the Rosh Hashanah evening service we are looking for volunteers to be partnered with older adults, mostly from Kehillat Tikvah, who would need a Zoom practice session. If you are interested in doing a Mitzvah, please email Jennifer at email@example.com by August 6, so that we can get a feel for who's interested.
In addition to Zoom help prior to the services, we are also looking for volunteers to be tech support during the services. You would need to be available to let people in from the "waiting room" and answer general questions. Again, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Shofar blowers wanted!
If you are a shofar blower, you have your own shofar, and you're interested in participating in the Rosh Hashanah service, please email Jennifer at email@example.com by August 6.
Shabbat on WJOA Instagram
On the WJOA Instagram page, we would like to connect back to our community. Take a photo of your next shabbat and send it to us. We will select a photo each Shabbat to post on the WJOA Instagram page. Send photos to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malkhut, a congregation in Jackson Heights who we often collaborate with, is hiring a part time Children's Learning Program Educator. More information and how to apply here.
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 email@example.com 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.