Featured in today's newsletter: WJOA Board Openings
Book Club Voting: 1/7
Virtual Shabbats: 1/15, 2/12
Thank You Card Workshop: 1/17
Modern Israel Through Literature and Film: 1/19
WJOA Board Openings
Interested in getting more involved with this amazing group of Yids? The Wandering Jews of Astoria has openings for board positions coming up. A small amount of time can help us plan events and strengthen the Jewish community in Western Queens. To learn more, contact us!
Susan will join our “social hour” after the service, so feel free to prep some questions for Susan to answer then!
Save the date for the next one: Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Thank You Card Workshop
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m.
Let's kick off 2021 with an attitude of gratitude! Join us for a virtual Thank You Card Workshop. We will lead you through writing thank you's to whoever is in your heart – whether that be a loved one that gave you a thoughtful gift over the holidays, a friend that's supported you through this challenging year, or a frontline worker who deserves a show of gratitude!
During the workshop, we will also swap stories of gratitude and share the moments that motivated us to say, "Thank you!"
Register here! A link to connect via Zoom will be sent to you the day of the event.
Please note that since this event is virtual, attendees who would like to send physical cards will need to supply their own stamps and card supplies.
Modern Israel Through Literature and Film
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join WJOA member Polina Kroik for this detailed presentation and discussion as we will explore lesser-known aspects of contemporary Israel through literature and film. Stepping away from clichés and divisive debates, we will focus on the complexity of Israeli society, paying particular attention to questions of identity and belonging. By looking at excerpts from works by authors such as Amos Oz, Sayed Kashua Yehuda Amichai and Mahmoud Darwish, as well as a number of films, we will learn about the many voices, identities, and struggles for acceptance and recognition that comprise modern Israel.
Polina Kroik is a writer and an adjunct professor. She’s contributed to publications such as Lilith Magazine, Alma, and the New York Daily News, and published a book on women and work. Polina teaches a course on Israeli Literature and Film at Baruch College, CUNY. polinakroik.com
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:
Saturday, January 9, 1 p.m. (special Second Saturday!)
Friday, February 5
Friday, March 5
Friday, April 9 (special Second Friday!)
Friday, May 7
Friday, June 4
Combat Food Insecurity in Our City!
Mayor Bill de Blasio estimates that over 2 million people — roughly a quarter of the city — could be food insecure, according to a recent article by Eater New York, linked here. This article also details a number of ways that you can get involved with local groups to help combat hunger! Check it out and get involved!
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).
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!