February Shabbat: Save the date
WJOA will be hosting Shabbat Services and potluck dinner at Merri's apartment on Friday, February 7 at 7pm. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP!
February Book Club
Book club voting is live, and people should vote by Sunday, 2/5/20 at 8pm. Here is the form to vote.
"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles (480 pages)
"The Angel of Losses" by Stephanie Feldman (304 pages)
"The Finkler Question" by Howard Jacobson (320 pages)
"Normal People" by Sally Rooney (288 pages)
"Sadness Is a White Bird" by Moriel Rothman-Zecher (288 pages)
"Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel" by Matti Friedman (273 pages)
Do you have some old things in your apartment that haven't gotten much love recently? Don't toss them in the trash just yet—maybe one of your neighbors wants them! Rachel is hosting the first Wandering Jews Swap Shop on Saturday 2/22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Here's how it works: Bring a few items you're willing to part ways with that are still in good shape: clothing, jewelry, books, small appliances, housewares, home decor. Bring a few bags to carry home other peoples' stuff—and take as much as you'd like. At the end of the event, Rachel will donate all leftover items to charity. We have some charities in mind, but feel free to suggest a local one that you love. (If you have a car and plan to join, please let Rachel know--we may need a hand transporting items to be donated.)
Also, bring a snack to share and linger for a bit as you browse. If there's interest, we'll order pizza. It's like a rummage sale with friends, except everything is free! Let Rachel know you're coming via e-mail (email@example.com). Any questions, please direct them to her. You can check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2599064490416932/.
Accessibility info: Rachel's apartment is 2 flights up. She has 2 well-behaved but furry cats.
BOAST Winter Party 2020
Come to Rivercrest on Sunday, February 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the BOAST: Best of Astoria 2019 winners! (Rivercrest is a 2019 winner for Best New Bar.) Here is a link to reserve tickets. We'll provide some snacks, and there will be a cash bar. We will also have a raffle with prizes from Astoria Bier & Cheese, Katch Astoria, Museum of the Moving Image, Queen's Room, Redken Saloon Salon, Rivercrest, Sweet Afton, The Bonnie, The Ditty, The Last Word, The Wolfhound, and Tufino Pizzeria. If you sign up by Monday, February 17, you will be automatically entered into the raffle. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the event as well. The cover is $15 (+ fee) in advance, and $20 on day of the event at the door. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see all the current winners on boast.nyc, on the EAT, DRINK, and DO & SEE pages.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.