Featured in today's newsletter:
Virtual Game Night, 11/5 Virtual Book Club, 11/15
Upcoming Virtual Shabbat, 11/20
The Miracles of Chanukah, 11/30
Jews Do Comedy (A Brand New Concept!), 12/16
Virtual Game Night
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7–9 p.m.
Need a break after Election night? Join Emily and Ali as they host another WJOA virtual game night though Zoom and Jackbox. Lookout on Facebook for more details in a day or two. Please RSVP to Ali with an email to gain access to the zoom link. Here is the Facebook event.
The Miracles of Chanukah: Co-sponsored with 20s & 30s at Central Synagogue
Monday, November 30, 7 p.m.
One of the foundational commandments of Chanukah is that we should "publicize the miracle" by displaying our Chanukah menorahs in our windows. We are familiar with the story of the oil that lasted for eight days, but Chanukah is a holiday of many miracles: a wondrous light, a military victory, and a community coming together in common cause. Join us as Rabbi Dan Ross of Central Synagogue discusses these miracles. We'll also learn about the miracle of the mutual aid groups that have been formed across New York City in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying recession, plus how you can get involved. RSVP to Meredith if you can make it.
Save the date for Jews do Comedy (a brand new concept)!
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 8–9:30 p.m.
Alright, we admit… Jews doing comedy is as old a concept as the Hillel sandwich. But hey, we’re Jews — we’re partial to tradition! So, as your Chanukah candles burn down, open up your laptop and join us for some virtual, traditional, fun! ($5 – click here to purchase tickets – lineup TBD)
Central Synagogue's 20s and 30s First Fridays for the year:
Join Central Synagogue's 20s and 30s group in welcoming Shabbat on the first Fridays of the month. For Shabbat this Friday on Nov. 6, there is preneg at 5:30 p.m. and services at 6 p.m. To get the link, RSVP to Rabbi Dan. Save the dates for the First Friday Shabbats for the rest of the year:
Friday, November 6
Friday, December 4
Friday, January 8 (special Second Friday!)
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).
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 here.
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!
-The WJOA Team ~ Jennifer, Lane, Rachel and Meredith