Featured in today's newsletter: WJOA Board Openings
Jews Do Comedy: Passover Seder Edition: 4/1
Book Club Voting: 4/4
Earth Day 5K Fun Run: 4/18
WJOA Board Openings
Interested in getting more involved with this amazing group of Yids? The Wandering Jews of Astoria has openings for board positions. Through volunteering a small amount of time, you can help us plan events and strengthen the Jewish community in Western Queens!
WJOA is particularly looking for new Board Members to assist with:
Organizing social action events
Organizing community social events
Managing our Facebook and social media
WJOA is also looking for a community member to help redesign the look of our Newsletter. If you are passionate about graphic design and MailChimp, let us know!
Join us forWE ACT’s* Earth Day 5K Fun Run. WJOA will be gathering at the Astoria Park Loop Trail on April 18th to run, walk, skip, dance, and cheer as part of the 5K. Walking around the loop 2.5 times will bring us to our 5K goal. You can also participate virtually, exercising in your own home, walking around your neighborhood, or even marathoning environmental documentaries on your couch.
Location: Meet at 23rd Avenue and 19th street, right at the entrance of Astoria Park. For virtual participants, meet us anywhere in the world, and make sure to post on social media with #WEACT5K and #WJOA. Tag us on Instagram@wanderingjewsofastoria.
You can find theFacebook event here. ContactMarinawith any questions. Social and physical distancing protocols will be practiced - all participants must wear a mask. Please do not attend if you are feeling sick or if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
*WE ACT is a Woman of Color-founded environmental justice organization in Northern Manhattan, whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.
In this weekly write-in, Elyssa Nicole Trust will provide a prompt at the beginning of class and then everyone will work autonomously for the rest of the hour. This is an opportunity for anyone looking to have more structured writing time in their life.
If you'd like to stay in touch with the Ahava Theatre Company and learn about their additional events - for kids and adults alike - sign up for their mailing listhere.
Central Synagogue's 20s and 30s First Fridays
Join Central Synagogue's 20s and 30s group in welcoming Shabbat on the first Fridays of the month. To get the link, RSVP to Rabbi Dan.
Save the dates for First Friday Shabbats for the rest of the year:
Friday, April 9 (special Second Friday!)
Friday, May 7
Friday, June 4
One of our favorite local groups isAstoria Fridges, community fridges that provide free, accessible food to the Astoria community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have an excess of food, donate some to an Astoria Fridge near you (click here for a map of locations).
If you would like to donate but going in-person presents a barrier, feel free to get in touch withMeredith, who is both a WJOA board member and Astoria Food Pantry volunteer.
Cards for Dorot Seniors
Last month we made cards to give toDOROT. These cards will be sent to seniors for birthdays, various Jewish holidays, or just to say hello. If you missed the group event, but are still interested in making cards at home,here is the info for tips on getting started. Once you have made a set of cards, mail them to the address below, along with the "Cardmaking Project Volunteer Information Form," which you can find on their websitehere.
171 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024
Attn: Caring Cards
If you have any further questions about making cards for DOROT, please reach out toJenniferby email.
Have an event you'd like to organize or share? As always, please don't hesitate to send them our way! Stay safe and well during these trying times!