April Trivia Night
Join Wandering Jews on Tuesday, April 2nd, for Trivia Night at Queens Room (36-02 Ditmars Blvd) at 7pm.
Please RSVP to Lane (email@example.com) so he can save you a seat. Trivia begins at 7pm so feel free to arrive a few minutes early. Check out the Facebook page here.
About to toss your chametz before Passover? Bring it instead to Wandering Jews of Astoria, for our next Shabbat potluck. We'll gather on Friday, April 5 at 7pm in the home of Meredith, our newest Wanderer! After spirited services, we'll share a chametz-filled vegetarian meal. E-mail Meredith to RSVP by April 3. On the spreadsheet, indicate which leavened foods you'll be bringing. And also please bring a couple of chairs if you can (and mark that on the spreadsheet). Check out the Facebook event too 🕍🙏🎶🍷🕯🕯🍽
The next book we will read for the Wandering Jews of Astoria Book Club is For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian.
Please join the Wandering Jews on Sunday, April 7 at 11:30am for a book discussion and a potluck brunch. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Jonah. Check out the Facebook page here.
Shmooze Newz: Maktuv*: An Evening of Islamic and Jewish Calligraphy
On Sunday, March 31, from 1:45-4:00 PM at the JCC Harlem, the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee is hosting an interactive, hands-on workshop led by experiential educator and artist Ruben Shimonov. Explore the significance of Arabic in Islam and Hebrew in Judaism, as well as the close relationship between both Semitic languages. No background in Arabic or Hebrew calligraphy necessary. Please join the Wandering Jews in attending this workshop! For more information and to reserve your spot, visit their Facebook page here.
New Board Member
We are excited to announce our new addition to the WJOA Board: Jennifer Verbit! We also want to express our sincere thanks to Jenna Winstars-Herzog, who dedicated two years on the WJOA Board. Thank you, Jenna and we appreciate all of your hard work! Welcome Jen!
Book Club Voting
Book club voting is live! Please cast your vote by Tuesday, 2/19 at 8pm. Here is the form to vote. The books are below, with links to the descriptions on Amazon.
"The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant (336 pages)
"The Angel of Losses" by Stephanie Feldman (304 pages)
"The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" by Michael David Lukas (288 pages)
"For Two Thousand Years" by Mihail Sebastian (256 pages)
"The Finkler Question" by Howard Jacobson (320 pages)
February Trivia Night
Looking for a fun way to close out your Monday? Join WJOA on Monday, February 25, for Trivia Night at Oliver's (37-19 Broadway) at 8pm. Please RSVP to Lane so he can save you a seat. Visit the Facebook event here for more information.
March Shabbat Potluck
March into some madness with our next Shabbat, Wandering Jews style. That means spirited services, a vegetarian potluck dinner, and rousing conviviality. Rachelle and Jamie have graciously offered to host us in their new Astoria home. Please e-mail Rachelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 2/27 to RSVP. She'll send you their address and a spreadsheet, so you can tell us what delicacies you can bring. See you there! 🙌🕍🍷🕯🕯🥣
Save the Date: Purim Celebration
The Wandering Jews of Astoria, Malkhut and Queens Jewish Project will be joining forces for an exciting Purim Celebration on Tuesday, March 19. More information will be sent out soon!
Calling All Astorians!
Have you ever thought about hosting Shabbat dinner, but you're not sure where to start? Partner with Wandering Jews to host one of our potlucks! We welcome hosts for groups of any size (at least 6 people, for our smaller groups) in western Queens. If you think you might be interested, e-mail Marc for more information.
Shmooze Newz: Matti Friedman in Conversation with Lucette Lagnado
On Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm, the Center for Jewish History will be hosting a exciting event. Matti Friedman speaks with author Lucette Lagnado (The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit) about his journalism career, researching and writing his new book, and what Spies of No Country reveals about Israel in the 20th and 21st centuries." Tickets can be purchased online here.
Shmooze Newz: BOAST : Best of Astoria Winter Party
On Sunday, March 3, from 4-7pm, come to Oliver's Astoria (37-19 Broadway) to celebrate the BOAST: Best of Astoria 2018 winners! (Oliver's Astoria is a winner for Best Bar for Sports, and see the winners at boast.nyc.) Snacks will be provided, and there will be a cash bar. There will also be live music and a raffle. Signing up by Friday, February 22nd (boast.nyc/party), will be entered into the raffle. Tickets are $15 (+ fee) in advance, and $20 at the door. If you have any questions, email Jonah and sign up here.
New Board Member
We want to express our sincere gratitude to Zahava Alter Lipton, who will be leaving the board after dedicating two years as a board member. Thank you, Zahava, for your hard work and commitment to WJOA! In her place, please join us in welcoming Lane Silberstein to the WJOA board!
MLK Day of Service
On Monday, January 21, join thousands of New Yorkers for a region-wide day of service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jenna Win will be serving lunch to seniors at the Central Queens Y at 10am. If you would like to join her, please email her to let her know you will be joining and sign up here.
January Potluck Shabbat
Ring in the New Year with the first WJOA Shabbat potluck of 2019. We'll gather at Courtney's apartment on Friday, January 25 for spirited prayers, a vegetarian Shabbat dinner, and plenty of good vibes. To RSVP, e-mail Courtney by Wednesday, January 23. You'll get a spreadsheet, so you can tell us what you'll be bringing to share. Mark your calendar!
February Book Club
The next book we will read for Wandering Jews of Astoria book club is Punk Rock Hora: Adventures in Jew-Punk Land by Michael Croland (one of the first WJOA members!). We will meet on Sunday, February 3 at noon for a potluck brunch, location TBD. There may even be an author appearance! RSVP to Jonah on Facebook or email him.
A Love Of Jewish Music: Song Share at the Yiddish Bookstore
On Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm, the Wandering Jews of Astoria will return to the Central Yiddish Cultural Organization for a night of wine, whimsy and Jewish song. Join Hy Wolfe and friends to learn new melodies and come offer your favorite tunes!
Founded in 1938 by leading Yiddish authors and activists, for decades CYCO Books has been one of America's main sources of new Yiddish literature. The evening will also be BYOB, so feel free to bring along libations to share! The address for the Central Yiddish Cultural Organization is: 5102 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101. http://www.cycobooks.org/
RSVP to Lisa and visit our Facebook event here.