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.
High Holiday Services Resource List
Looking for High Holiday services in the local area? Check out our High Holiday Services Resource List here! If you would like to add one, please email Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorot Package Delivery
Please join WJOA on Sunday, 9/16 at 10am to make a difference in a senior citizen's life. We will deliver packages for the High Holidays and visit with senior citizens. For more information, please contact Jenna. Facebook invitation to follow. PLEASE NOTE: photo IDs are required for all volunteers.
Song Share in the Sukkah
On Thursday, September 27 at 6:30pm, join the Wandering Jews of Astoria at the Long Island City waterfront for a spirited evening of song in the Sukkah. Come share your favorite folk songs--Jewish or otherwise--and unwind along the East River. Feel free to bring instruments and refreshments, but please no alcohol as this is a public park. RSVP to Lisa at email@example.com
Shabbat Potluck in the Sukkah
Our next Shabbat potluck is Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m, hosted by Rebecca and Andrew. After abridged services we'll dine alfresco in their Sukkah to celebrate Sukkot and raise a glass to the New Year. For their address, please RSVP by Wednesday, September 26. There will be a sign-up sheet for what food you can bring (vegetarian only). Keep an eye out for the Facebook invitation.
Schmooze Newz: Blood Drive at the Central Queens Y
The Central Queens Y will be partnering with the New York Blood Center to host a Blood Drive on Sunday, 9/16 from 10am to 4pm. Do a mitzvah, and save a life! You can preregister here. For questions concerning medical eligibility, go to the New York Blood Center's website.
New Board Member
We want to express our sincere gratitude to Brian Mawyer, who will be leaving the board after dedicating two years as a board member. Thank you, Brian, for your commitment to WJOA! In his place, please join us in welcoming Marc Bailes to the WJOA board! If you are interested in hosting a Shabbat dinner or leading services, please contact Marc.
Book Club Voting
Book club voting is live! Please cast your vote by Tuesday, 7/17 at 5pm.
Here is the form to vote.
The book choices are as follows:
"The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant
"The Nimrod Flipout: Stories" by Etgar Keret (167 pages)
"The Angel of Losses" by Stephanie Feldman (304 pages)
"The Finkler Question" by Howard Jacobson (320 pages)
"The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit" by Lucette Lagnado (368 pages)
"The Weight of Ink" by Rachel Kadish (576 pages)
Visit to the Greater Astoria Historical Society
Please join WJOA for our monthly trivia night at Sek'end Sun on Monday, 7/30. Please note: we will meet at 6:45pm, which is an hour earlier than trivia nights in the past, as Sek'end Sun changed the start time. RSVP to Zahava and Facebook invite coming soon.
WJOA Hike at Mount Beacon Park
If you were not able to join us on 7/15, you are in luck! Due to the weather, the hike has been rescheduled for Sunday, 8/19. Please join WJOA in a hike at Mount Beacon Park in the Hudson Valley. We will be meeting in Astoria at 9:45am to travel together up to the park. We plan on exploring and taking a leisurely hike followed by dinner nearby. RSVP to Dov (firstname.lastname@example.org) and check out the Facebook event.