See below for the WJOA mid-September announcements!
Featured in today's newsletter:
High Holy Days with Malkhut: 9/15–9/25
Art Reflection Activity: 9/19
Book Club Voting: 9/27
Shabbat Sukkot on the Roof: 9/29
Sand Volleyball in LIC: 10/8
High Holy Days with Malkhut
Friday night, September 15–Monday, September 25
CUNY School of Law (2 Ct Square W, Long Island City)
Early-bird registration opens for Malkhut Partners, including WJOA, on Friday, August 18, and for everyone else on Friday, August 25. More info here.
Yom Kippur Study Sessions
Monday, September 25, 2:00–2:45pm and 3:00–3:45pm
CUNY School of Law
Yom Kippur is all about prayer and reflection. During the break in the day between morning and concluding services, there will be study sessions to attend so you won't have to break the fluidity of the day. WJOA member Darielle Shandler will be leading one session 2:00–2:45pm, and two former WJOA board members, Meredith Nicholson and Chelsea Simon, will be leading different simultaneous sessions 3:00–3:45pm.
Tuesday, September 19, 6pm
Athens Square Park (30th Ave and 30th St, Astoria)
Join Jennifer, a WJOA board member as we partner with Malkhut to come together for a reflective art activity in the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will brainstorm feelings/ideas that we want to let go of, and through a transformative art project, you will come away with a decorative inspiration card. The activity will take place outside at Athens Square Park. To find out about Malkhut's High Holy Days schedule and other supplemental workshops connected with The Days of Awe, you can see the website here. To attend this activity please RSVP to Jennifer. Here is the Facebook event.
Please vote (only once) here or with the button below for the next Book Club book, and again we are doing ranked-choice voting. Rank your choices, first to fifth. Vote below by Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm. Here is the Facebook event.
We are having a special Shabbat services and potluck this month as we celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. It is customary to be able to see the stars through the roof of a sukkah. We will be closer to the stars on the top of the roof! RSVP to Lizzie at by Wednesday, September 27 for the location and sign-up spreadsheet for the vegetarian potluck. Here is the Facebook event.
Sunday, October 8, 3pm
By Hunters Point South NYC Ferry (54th Ave on 2nd St)
Come play, or watch, some volleyball on the sand court in Long Island City by the Hunters Point South ferry stop. No experience necessary! RSVP to Jonah if you plan to play or watch. Here is the Facebook event.
Tashlich Sandwich Making
Thursday, September 21, 6:30–8:00pm
In Person (Pavilion)
Registration and more info here. Free.
Shabbat Services and Dinner
Friday, September 22, 6:30–9:30pm
In Person (Pavilion)
Registration and more info here. Starting at $18.
Pre-YK Brunch in LIC
Sunday, September 24, noon
Hosted by WJOA board member Jonah. RSVP at the Partiful link here.
Simchat Torah at Astoria Center of Israel (ACI)
Saturday evening, October 7
Malkhut is a co-sponsor. More details coming soon.
Donate to Aid in the Ukraine Crisis
Last February, WJOA member Jonah Schrogin volunteered at JCC Krakow, where he packed and sorted food for Ukrainian refugees. If you'd like to contribute, here is their Ukraine Crisis Appeal. JCC Krakow is a 501(c)(3) organization, so any donations made are tax-deductible. Please write “Ukraine donation via Jonah Schrogin, int vol” in the comment box.
Another fundraiser is benefitting GlobalGiving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund. This supports more than 80 non-profit organizations on the ground in Ukraine and in the surrounding areas providing humanitarian aid, such as shelter, medical care, food, and clean water. Contribute here, and you can get more information by emailing Jonah, including seeing a recorded presentation.
Help Wildfire Survivors in Hawaii
Contribute to GlobalGiving's Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund here. The worst wildfires in Hawaii's history have caused more than 90 deaths, left dozens injured, and reduced towns to ash. Hundreds of people are missing. Strong winds from Hurricane Dora fueled the flames in Maui and the Big Island. Your donation to the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund will support wildfire relief and recovery efforts in affected communities.
Have an event you'd like to organize or share? As always, please don't hesitate to send them our way!