Featured in today's newsletter: WJOA Board Openings
Virtual Book Club, 11/15
Upcoming Virtual Shabbat, 11/20 and 12/18
The Miracles of Chanukah, 11/30
Jews Do Comedy (A Brand New Concept!), 12/16
Christmastime for the Jews, 12/24
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.
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. Register here.
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). Here is the Facebook event.
Christmastime for the Jews
Thursday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.
In order to keep this very popular annual event COVID-friendly, we'll be enjoying dinner from the comfort of our own homes and watch The Prom together via Teleparty. Please note that you must have a Netflix account and have the Teleparty extension downloaded on Chrome. More details and Facebook event coming soon! RSVP to Meredith if you can make it.
About The Prom: A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.
Virtual Torah Study with Ohel Ayalah
Join Ohel Ayalah on Monday evening, November 16, 7–7:30 p.m., for their first virtual Torah Study with Rabbi Judith! This is for people who never studied Talmud before and for veteran Talmud learners!! Texts will be on screen in Hebrew/Aramaic and English. Click here to register.
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. To get the link, RSVP to Rabbi Dan. Save the dates for the First Friday Shabbats for the rest of the year:
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).
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!