We are celebrating Tu B'av, the Jewish holiday for love, by coming together for dinner and a movie and some crafting. We’ll be meeting at Bel Aire Diner for their "Dinner and a Movie" series. As a pre-movie activity at 7:00 p.m., we will make woven paper heart cards.
The movie, Sleepless in Seattle, will begin at 8:00 p.m. with a three-course prix fixe dinner ($25, plus service fee). It’s best tobuy tickets in advance. They are sold in sets of two. If you are a solo person who wants to attend, please e-mailJennifer. Please also RSVP to Jennifer if you plan on attending, so we can get an idea of who’s coming.
Meet us outside of Bar Marseille (190 Beach 69th Street, Queens, NY 11692) at 12:00 PM. We will then head over to the Arverne area of Rockaway Beach together! To get here, you can take the A train to Beach 67th Street Station-Arverne by the Sea.
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. However, we have a few priority registration spots! Please e-mail Chelsea by Friday, July 23 if you’d like to be on this first-come-first-served list.
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.
If you purchase from Amazon, your online shopping can help Astoria Center for Israel (ACI) without costing you a penny! Support ACI when you shop – year round, for all your purchases – when you select ACI as your designated charity. Start at smile.amazon.com, designate ACI as your charity, shop, and Amazon donates to Astoria Center of Israel!
Kin to the Cove Beach Gatherings Hallet's Cove Beach
Aug. 8 and Sept. 12, 1:00 p.m.
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.
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.