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:
Please join us for our annual Community Meeting. Before we come together, we're asking everyone to fill out a short community survey. It takes just a few minutes, and your feedback will be very important as we plan events for the next year. Even if you can't make the meeting, please provide us with your feedback on our current offerings, and suggestions on how we might improve in the next year. We'll be hosting our community meeting on Zoom, and will be providing registration information in our next newsletter.
Pre-Shavuot Virtual Tour of the Dorot Jewish Collection at NYPL
Thursday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.
Together with Central Synagogue, WJOA is hosting a special virtual tour of theDorot Jewish Collectionat the New York Public Library with Curator Dr. Lyudmila Sholokhova. The Dorot Collection consists of Judaica, Jewish history archives, and accordingly themed titles across centuries plus from all over the world. Before taking the helm of the Dorot Collection last year, Dr. Sholokhova served as the Director of the YIVO Archives & Library.
Join Wandering Jews of Astoria, the Queens Jewish Project, and Malkhut in a night-time of learning on erev Shavuot! Get ready for exciting sessions with WJOA board members, including Meredith's "Song Sharing: Beyond Carlebach" and Chelsea's "Meeting our Messiahs." This event is sponsored by a grant from UJA Federation.
Registration will be opening this week, so keep a lookout onMalkhut's websitefor more details! WJOA will be sharing registration information onFacebookandInstagram, as well.
We are still looking for some volunteers to help us with Zoom hosting. If you're interested, please get in touch with Chelsea.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our in-person and virtual Earth Day event! It was lovely seeing some of our community for the first time in over a year at Astoria Park, and following along on your 5K journey via social media. Together we raised $525 for WE ACT for Environmental Justice.
Repair the World is seeking a part-time Queens/Long Island Teen Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will work under Repair the World NYC’s Family & Youth Program Manager and report to Repair the World NYC’s Executive Director. They will take a leading role in expanding Repair the World’s work and launching new relationships in Queens/Long Island.
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.