Featured in today's newsletter:
Museum Exhibit Tour: 12/10
Chanukah Gift Wrap: 12/13
Trivia Night: 12/14
WJOA Shabbat: 12/16
Astoria Market Meet-up and First Night of Chanukah Dinner: 12/18
Havdalah, Chanukah and Christmastime for the Jews: 12/24
Book Club: 1/8
Museum Exhibit Tour – New York: 1962–1964
Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave (by E 92nd St), Manhattan
Back by pre-pandemic popular demand, join WJOA member Meredith Nicholson for a tour of the Jewish Museum's latest two-story exhibit New York: 1962–1964, what Meredith thinks is one of the best original exhibits the museum has done since she started working there. Not to mention that, like every Saturday, there's no charge for your visit! RSVP to Meredith. Here is the Facebook event.
The museum is fully ADA compliant and there is a quieter area for sensory breaks.
Chanukah Gift Wrap
Tuesday, December 13, 6 p.m.
Oliver's Astoria, 37-19 Broadway, Astoria
Suddenly it's the middle of the holiday season and you still have to wrap your gifts! Bring gifts you actually need wrapped, and Jennifer will show you how to create a perfectly wrapped gift. You can bring wrapping materials if you have something specific to use. Otherwise all wrap materials will be provided. Please reach out to Jennifer in advance to make sure the proper wrap materials are brought for your gifts.
Also, since this is a giving time of year we are asking people that attend if they choose to bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to Toys for Tots. To find out more about their organization go to the website here. Please look at our Facebook event here for more info about toy requirements and suggestions.
We will meet at Oliver's Astoria, which has great menu choices for food and drinks. RSVP to Jennifer.
The WJOA trivia team is back this month at Sunswick. Join us for bar trivia! RSVP to Brian so he can save you a seat. See the Facebook event for details.
Friday, December 16, 7 p.m.
Samantha and Abe's Place
Join us for Shabbat services and a potluck dinner with Samantha and Abe. E-mail Samantha to RSVP. You will receive a spreadsheet to sign up for what vegetarian dish you’re bringing. Being fully vaccinated is required, and a rapid test within 24 hours is recommended. Check out our Facebook event for more details.
Astoria Market Meet-up and First Night of Chanukah Dinner
Sunday, December 18, 4 p.m.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria
We will meet in the Bohemian Hall (inside) at 4 p.m. where Astoria Market is hosting a crafts fair from 12–6 p.m. (The crafts fair will also take place in the Bohemian Hall on Sunday, December 11 from 12–6 p.m.) You can find out more details about the Astoria Market here. We can wander through the crafts fair together before moving the party to the dining hall for dinner at 6 p.m. BYOM! Bring Your Own Menorah and candles. We'll light the Chanukah candles, have dinner, and maybe even play Dreidel! To RSVP, email Jennifer. Here is the Facebook event.
Havdalah, Chanukah and Christmastime for the Jews
Saturday, December 24, 5:30 p.m.
Jujube Tree, 35-02 30th Ave; Regal UA Kaufman Astoria, 35-30 38th St
A coinciding of holidays! Join us for this year's post-Shabbat Chinese food and a movie at Jujube Tree. We'll meet at Jujube Tree for Havdalah, lighting the Chanukah for the seventh night, and dinner. After dinner, we'll journey to the nearby movie theater (Regal UA Kaufman Astoria) and watch the movie of your choice (highlights this year include Avatar: The Way of Water, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, The Whale, and Pinocchio). Come for just dinner, just the movie, or both. Hope to see you there! If you'd like to join, RSVP to Jonah by 12/22. Here is the Facebook event.
Check out a brand new Jewish satire site: From the Desk of the Rebbitzman, brought to you by the husband of WJOA co-founder Rabbi Cassi Kail! This site is filled with songs, lists, Rebbitzermons, and other content which gives a bit more of a tongue in cheek look at Judaism. He was recently featured in the Jewish News Syndicate.
Donate to Aid in the Ukraine Crisis
WJOA member Jonah Schrogin has a fundraiser benefitting GlobalGiving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which supports more than 80 non-profit organizations on the ground in Ukraine and in the surrounding areas providing humanitarian aid, such as shelter, medical care, food, and clean water. Contribute here, and you can get more information by emailing Jonah, including seeing a presentation.
Hurricane Ian is one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States, landing in Florida and then South Carolina after its deadly sweep across Cuba. The powerful hurricane has caused rising fatalities, catastrophic damage, and mass displacement. Your donation to the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund will provide immediate and long-term relief in affected communities. Donate to GlobalGiving's Hurricane Ian Relief Fund.
Have an event you'd like to organize or share? As always, please don't hesitate to send them our way!