Wandering Jews of Astoria


Wandering Jews of Astoria

Welcome Jews of Astoria! We have put together a monthly egalitarian erev Shabbat service/vegetarian pot luck dinner for all who are interested. This will take place in various homes throughout the hood.

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Latest Activity: Feb 20, 2015

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Anyone interested in applying for one to come to the neighborhood? http://www.moishehouse.org/Be in touch! -SamContinue

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Hi Everybody, Does anybody know anything that's happening for Sukkot in the area?Continue

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Hi Everyone,Is there a place in Astoria to buy kosher meat or chicken? Thanks,KarenContinue

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Comment by Michael Croland on September 1, 2011 at 6:19pm
Upcoming Shabbat Schedule
Join Wandering Jews of Astoria on Friday, September 9, at 7 p.m. as we welcome Shabbat in Astoria Park with services and a vegetarian potluck. Meet us near the entrance at Ditmars between 19th St and Shore Blvd (if you don't see us, look for WJOA signs). Join us for services, dinner, or both! Please bring your own water/beverages. Rain location will be provided if necessary. To RSVP (and say what vegetarian dish you’ll be bringing), please e-mail Ben Nathan at BenRyanNathan@gmail.com. Ben’s memorable map is attached.

*Save the Dates: Dan will be hosting Shabbat on 10/28 and Marsha will be hosting on 11/18.*
Call for Hosts
As our group grows, we are in need of more people to host Shabbat services and potlucks in their homes. As a host, you can pick a date that works best for you! Other members are happy to relieve any individual’s burden when hosting, including by leading the service if you’re not comfortable with doing so. If you have a space that is big enough to host 20 or more people, we would love for you to step forward. If you have a space that is not quite that big but are still interested in hosting, we are willing to try out a “only the first [number of people] who RSVP” system at least once or twice. Please contact Tammy at tammylew@gmail.com to discuss scheduling or any questions you may have. Thank you so much for your consideration!
Programming for Tishrei Holidays
Stay tuned for more information about the following programs that are in the works!
  • Rosh Hashanah: Taschlich
  • Sukkot: Gathering in a sukkah
  • Simchat Torah: Going to an Upper West Side Simchat Torah celebration together (including a group meeting in Astoria to go over)
High Holiday Services
Wandering Jews of Astoria will not be having services for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. Numerous free and/or local service options are available, even if you are not a member of a synagogue. We do not endorse and are nor affiliated with any of the following.
Astoria Center of Israel: Conservative, Astoria, Price Negotiable
The advertised rate for non-members is $250, but co-president Judy Schloss Markowitz says to our group, “Astoria Center of Israel does have negotiable rates for students and young professionals. The individual should call the Center [718-278-2680], and ask for Rabbi Pearl, Cindy or Myself to discuss rates. We never turn anyone away.” http://www.astoriacenter.org/about/bulletin/june2011fixpg5.pdf
Chabad of LIC: Lubavitch, Long Island City, Free
Rabbi Zev Wineberg says, “Yes, our services are free and do not require reservation (although we appreciate both!). … The location is PS78, 48-09 Center Blvd. Services are both days RH & YK 9:30 am.”
Check www.jewishlic.com soon or e-mail jcclic@gmail.com.
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah: LGBT, Manhattan, Free
Ohel Ayalah: Nondenominational, Park Slope/Greenwich Village/Long Island City (Yom Kuppur only for Long Island City), Free
Town and Village Synagogue: Conservative, East Village, Free
Woodlands Community Temple: Reform, Westchester, Free
Looking for a familiar face on the bimah? Our own Rabbi Mara and her congregation, Woodlands Community Temple, invite you to join them for the High Holidays in Westchester (a very easy zipcar ride away). No tickets are necessary, although a standard donation is requested. Better yet, it is FREE for students.  Services are held in a tent, so the vibe is warm and welcoming.
Comment by Michael Croland on August 17, 2011 at 9:20pm

FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY (said in a monster truck announcer's voice):


Reminder: Our next Shabbat services and vegetarian potluck will take place on Friday, 8/19, at 7 p.m. at Alissa and Stu Akerman's apartment. They have a beautiful, huge balcony that many of us have longed to return to.

Please e-mail Alissa (alissa.akerman@gmail.com) to let her know if you're coming, get the address, and tell her what vegetarian dish you'll be bringing to the potluck.

Comment by Mitchell J. Blas on August 3, 2011 at 9:44am
I would like to make on last pitch to see if any of you might be interested in Joining a group from the Astoria Center of Israel to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage of NY in Battery park this coming Sunday to see the last day of the exhibit of "A Fire in my Heart" The Hannah Senesh Story - If you have an interest in doing so please contact me at mjb1040@aol.com

Here is the exhibit website if anyone needs more info, travel directions, etc.
The Tel # is 646-437-4202
Comment by Michael Croland on August 1, 2011 at 8:11pm
Shalom, y'all!

Wandering Jews of Astoria's next Shabbat services and vegetarian potluck will take place on Friday, 8/19, at 7 p.m. at Alissa and Stu Akerman's apartment. They have a beautiful, huge balcony that many of us have longed to return to.

Please e-mail Alissa (alissa.akerman@gmail.com) to let her know if you're coming, get the address, and tell her what vegetarian dish you'll be bringing to the potluck.

Happy August,
Comment by Tammy on July 22, 2011 at 1:31pm

Hey all,


Tonight's shabbat has moved to Tanya and Ben's apartment instead of the park because of this intense heat.  For more info or the address, email me at tammylew@gmail.com.

Comment by Mitchell J. Blas on July 18, 2011 at 4:25pm
Is anyone from this group interested in attending the ACI Museum trip to see the Hannah Senesh Exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. It is being sponsored by the Astoria Center of Israel. We have decided to run it on Sunday August 7. I am coordinating the trip. It is one of the most important Jewish historical retrospectives around today about an extremely brave and creative young woman who gave her life to help save Jews in Europe during WWII. Please see some more details about her  and about the trip below. Please email me directly at mjb1040@aol.com if you are interested in attending. 
Comment by Joshua Kail on July 18, 2011 at 3:14pm
Sounds like you will need The Wandering Jews Tuchus Kippa, because where ever you are wandering you need a holy place to "be seated." I hope the weather holds and this is just the first outdoor event of many!
Comment by Tammy on July 18, 2011 at 2:58pm

Hey all-- just a reminder that Friday is our potluck and service in Astoria Park! We'll be near the entrance at Ditmars between 19th and Shore blvd. Email me at tammylew@gmail.com if you're coming to let us know what you're bringing. Oh, and remember to bring something to sit on!

Comment by Mitchell J. Blas on June 30, 2011 at 7:53am

FYI - Tonight is the annual concert in the Park in Astoria Park - Here is a link



Comment by Michael Croland on June 29, 2011 at 9:51pm
Volunteer Opportunity
From Tracy Fishbein:
What are you doing during the day on July 4?  If you'll be in NYC, I'd like to extend an invitation to score some mitzvah points by working at the soup kitchen of Hebrew Union College.  The soup kitchen runs entirely on student and community volunteers, and because of the holiday, the coordinators have struggling to find people to help out this coming Monday.  As an HUC student, I have volunteered at soup kitchen many times, and I can tell you from experience that the people we help REALLY appreciate the work and efforts of the volunteers.   
We're looking for people to come and help out from 3:15-5:45, before the fun of fireworks and other July 4th shenanigans usually begin.  If you'll be around, I hope you'll come and join me and a couple of other HUC'ers for a fun and easy afternoon of serving others.  If you're interested, please send me an email at tracyfishbein@gmail.com to RSVP and/or request more information.  For security purposes, I'd like to have a list of people who are planning to attend to give to the security guards at HUC, so please do let me know if you'd like to join me.

A Standing Offer for Shabbat
Looking to celebrate Shabbat in Astoria even when Wandering Jews of Astoria doesn't have an event? Zelig Krymko graciously invites you over! Says Zelig, "I am extending an open invitation to Astoria Jews to come to our home any Friday night for a kosher Shabbat dinner (we are here in Astoria most Shabbatot)." For more information, contact Zelig at zeligkrymko@yahoo.com.

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