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:
"Lawn Chair" Shabbat in Astoria Park, 19th Street and 22nd Drive
Friday, June 25, 7:00 p.m.
It's summer and we're doing Shabbat outdoors this month! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket!
Now that we're back together in-person, we're trying a “Learners Minyan” approach: any folks who want to practice leading for the first time, are feeling rusty after over a year on Zoom, or experienced leaders who want to try out some new tunes can sign to lead as much or as little as you like! If desired, you'll be assigned an experienced WJOA lay leader to work with you beforehand. To RSVP without signing up to lead, or to ask questions, please reach out to Meredith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
COVID Protocols: Masks are mandatory; we will be physically distancing; there will be no potluck though folks are welcome to bring their own dinner or snacks; attendance is limited to 15 people. In the event of rain, we will meet on Zoom.
Art in the Ashes: Expressions of Tisha B'Av Location TBD
Sunday, July 18, 2:00 p.m.
How do you creatively respond to grief? You're invited to share artistic expressions of mourning, and we'll think together about how we can use art as a community to walk through grief. Click the link below to sign up to share! More info to follow.
WJOA is collaborating withMalkhut and theSouthern Queens Jewish Projectfor the 5782 High Holidays! We're looking for volunteers who may be interested in leading a breakout session during Yom Kippur afternoon. These sessions could include art projects, embodied ritual (e.g. yoga), topical teaching...anything you have to offer! Please get in touch with Chelsea by Sunday, June 20th with ideas!
Kin to the Cove Beach Gatherings
July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Hallet's Cove Beach
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.