Come join us outside for Shabbat services while the weather is still summery! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Location provided to those whoRSVP using the Google formby Wednesday, August 11.Click herefor the Facebook Event.
COVID Protocols: Masks are mandatory; we will be physically distancing; there will be no potluck. In the event of rain, we will meet on Zoom.
Milkshake Meet-Up Pie vs. Cake (30-08 36th Street, Astoria, NY 11103)
Sunday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Join WJOA for a Milkshake Meet-up atPie vs. Cake. They are a new Milkshake place owned by the same people connected toSugar Freak! Throughout the summer, Pie vs. Cake is open only on weekends. Come to chat with old friends, and new, and find out which is better - Pie or Cake?Click here for the Facebook event.
Meet us outside of Laurel Diner (300 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561) at 12:00 PM. We will then head over to the beach together! The cost of admission to the beach is $15, or a combo round trip LIRR and beach admission ticket is $23.75, available at your local LIRR station.
Things to consider:
Bring your own food for lunch or snacks, or get food there.
Bring water, sunscreen, towel, and any other beach items.
Bring or wear a swimsuit and a change of clothes if desired.
Contact Jonahto RSVP, if you want to travel together, or have any questions. Otherwise, just meet us there!
We’re collaborating with Malkhut and the Queens Jewish Project for High Holidays this year!
There will be a limited capacity, with registration officially opening in a few weeks.
Malkhut is in need of a Torah leyner (reader) for Yom Kippur afternoon, shofar blowers (especially if you have your own!), ushers to help with the in-person services, and at-home tech support (Zoom hosting). E-mail Chelsea if you'd like to help out!
Finally, expect information about WJOA events on Erev Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 6) and Rosh Hashanah afternoon (Sept. 7). We will also have the full schedule of events with Malkhut to share with you soon! Send any questions to Chelsea Simon. If you’re looking for s’lichot services, also reach out, and we can go as a group!
In-Person Book Club Long Island City (Private Residence)
Sunday, Sept. 12, 12:00 p.m.
Come join the WJOA Book Club, as we will be meeting in person for the first time since before the pandemic started! After tabulating the ranked choice votes, the winner isHere All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. We'll meet on Sunday, September 12, at noon for an outside brunch potluck at a private outside covered patio area with chairs and tables in Long Island City, easily accessible by the 7 train.
RSVP toJonah for the address and for the potluck signup. If you do not want to do a potluck, you can still come with your own food. If it rains or is very cold, we will move inside with proof of vaccination (send Jonah a picture of your vaccination card or screenshot of yourExcelsior pass). Here is theFacebook event.
Two chill guys from WJOA are looking for a third roommate in the Ditmars/Steinway area starting in September or October. The room is small, but comes with an AC unit. The apartment has a porch, large living room, a big tv, full bar, and a nice record player with a lot of jazz and prog rock LPs. There are also 1.5 bathrooms, so sharing is rarely an issue. Rent is $800/month.
Aug. 8, Sept. 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Hallet's Cove Beach
Kin To The Cove is a community-powered environmental public art project that connects people to the water at Hallet’s Cove Beach. Participate in environmental stewardship, story-sharing, movement, deep listening, and explorations into our relationship with water. This program is part of artist Sarah Cameron Sunde’s global project, 36.5 / A Durational Performance With The Sea.
A Talk with Author David Grossman
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m.
The WJOA Book Club read A Horse Walks Into a Bar during their last meeting. For those interested, author David Grossman will be speaking about his new book, More Than I Love My Life in a virtual event through The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. There are various ticket options, some of which are free and some of which come with the option to purchase Grossman’s new book.
One of our favorite local groups is Astoria 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).
Astoria Food Pantry is located at 25-82 Steinway Street, and accepts donations (read details here). As the world reopens and "normalcy" returns, donations to mutual aids have slowed down but their line is longer than it has ever been. In fact, AFP had to send folks away last week. They only have one week of funds remaining. Donate to help them get up to 3 weeks of funding!
If you would like to donate but going in-person presents a barrier, feel free to get in touch with Meredith, who is both a WJOA board member and Astoria Food Pantry volunteer.