Featured in today's newsletter: WJOA Board Openings
Virtual Shabbats: 1/15, 2/12
Thank You Card Workshop: 1/17
Modern Israel Through Literature and Film: 1/19
Virtual Game Night: 2/4
Virtual Book Club: 2/28
WJOA Board Openings
Interested in getting more involved with this group? The Wandering Jews of Astoria has openings for board positions. A small amount of time can help us plan events and strengthen the Jewish community in Western Queens. To learn more, contact us!
Join Us for Virtual Shabbat!
Friday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
This week, a special guest will present the D’var Torah: author and journalist Susan Katz Miller!
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!"
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 Emily, Ali and Jonah for a virtual game night. We'll play Fishbowl, which is a combination of Taboo, Charades, and Password. Check it out here. RSVP to Jonah, and he will send the Zoom link. It's gonna be fun! Here is the Facebook event.
Virtual Book Club
Sunday, Feb. 28, noon
Grab your favorite brunch food and join us as we eat, chat, and discuss the book "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" by Ottessa Moshfegh (304 pages). If you have any topics or discussion questions you would like covered, email Jonah. Also email him to get the Zoom link. Here is the link to buy the book at Astoria Bookshop. Here is the Facebook event.
MLK Weekend of Action
Lots of great volunteer opportunities coming up for MLK weekend through Repair the World (in-person and virtual).
More volunteer opportunities on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18, through UJA Foundation (in-person, hybrid, and virtual).
Ohel Ayalah Offerings
Torah Study with Rabbi Judith
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Is a seller permitted to "prettify" merchandise? May one misrepresent a product's age or conceal its flaws? Did the rabbis, some of whom were businessmen, engage in these practices?
Join OA LIC and Rabbi Aron for a conversation with and teaching by Batya Levine on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m.! Batya Levine uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in her work as a communal song leader, musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. She has just released her first album, Karov. You can check out more about her work and music at www.batyalevine.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:
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!