Come be a part of a new effort to build a progressive Jewish spiritual community in Western Queens (LIC, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside, Woodside). Our vision is to transform Jewish people, fellow travelers and the world by creating connections to each other, to the One and to our greater community. We practice ecstatic, musical, and contemplative prayer, mindfulness meditation through a Jewish lens, study of Jewish sources, and social justice work. We are striving to build an open, inclusive community of spiritual seekers, especially for those who may not have found a home in more conventional religious settings. We want to be community composed of Jewish individuals of all ages, fellow travelers, families with kids, interfaith couples, Jews of color, LGBTQ folks, and curious seekers. We are creating a space that honors the inspiration and meaning that so many Jews have found in many eastern spiritual traditions, and our doors are open to those from other faith traditions who find meaning in Judaism.

Make a Shabbat Accoridon Book

Wednesday, June 3, 4:00 PM

Follow along on Zoom as we make accordion books that we can use at the Shabbat table. Jennifer Verbit will show us how to fold and assemble the books. And then Rabbi G. will help us learn about Shabbat. This program is geared towards kids 7 and up. Please register here to get the Zoom link and supply list.

This program is made possible through a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon foundation. PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 11 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family – at

Offering and Receiving: A Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Thursday, May 28th

4:00 PM-5:00 PM Family Ice Cream Party and Story time with Jim Talbott. Have a bowl of ice cream or other treats ready, say hello to friends, and enjoy a Shavuot story with Rabbi G’s husband, Jim Talbott Meeting ID: 931 2139 9982 Password: 755418

6:30 PM- Midnight.  We have a full evening of study, art, music, mindfulness, cooking, and more. Some activities are designed for us to do all together in our Zoom Room and others  are designed for folks who want a break from screen time. But if you're feeling chatty, grab a slice of cheesecake and pop into the  Zoom Room anytime to chat with the Malkhut community. 

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6:30 PM Happy Hour with Queens Jewish Project. Get a simple recipe for milk punch and hear about the history of Jews in distilling and bar tending.
Click here for the ingredients

7:00 PM Opening Gathering. We’ll sing and frame the evening ahead

7:30 PM Shavuot Radio Hour. Take a guided journey to Sinai through your neighborhood or in your home space. We’ve put together three prerecorded audio “journeys” full of guided meditation, stories, and songs. Stop into the Zoom Room to get the links and then log off for a bit to do one or all three on your own.
Click here to listen to the audio files

9:00 PM Cooking Class with Rachel Bart. Rachel will demonstrate a quick and easy recipe for quiche. Follow along, pop it in the oven, and show us your results later in the evening
Click here for the recipe.

9:30 PM Study and Art making. Rabbi G. (Malkhut) and Jennifer Verbit (WJOA) will lead a study and art-making session, engaging with the Book of Ruth, a traditional text associated with Shavuot. This session will combine a short gathering in the Zoom Room to get the study materials and instructions after which participants will peel off to study on the phone with a partner and create art on their own before returning to zoom to share their creations.
Click here for a list of art materials you might want to have on hand

10:30 PM Culminating Gathering. More singing, and a chance to share what you’ve learned and created throughout the evening.

11:00 PM Late night music and dance party

One more (totally optional) fun idea: Consider changing your Zoom background for the evening. Pick a favorite photo or piece of art or create something yourself. Here's some information on how to do that.

Our Tikkun Leil Shavuot is a collaboration with Kehillat Tivkah, the Wandering Jews of Astoria, and the Queens Jewish Project and is supported by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.

May 16th: Shabbat with our Neighbors--Create an Omer Counter

Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 A.M.

Do a craft at home with your family and then join Rabbi G. and Alexa on Zoom to share and celebrate Shabbat!
We count the days between the holidays of  Passover (when we were freed from slavery) and Shavuot (when we received the Torah.) This period is called the Omer. Craft a tool to help count each day. Sign up online and we'll send you a list of supplies plus optional information on how you can do a socially distant pickup of some supplies in Jackson Heights. Watch Alexa's video demo here and complete your craft at home on your own time. Then join Alexa, Rabbi G. and your Malkhut friends  on May 16th. We'll all share our completed projects and celebrate Shabbat. Zoom link provided after registration. This program is geared towards kids 3-8 and their grownups.

Click here to sign up. We'll send you the Zoom link and information on supplies.

Shabbat with our Neighbors is made possible through a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 11 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family – at

Children's Learning Program: Saturday, May 2nd at 12:30

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Nadya will tell the story of Shavuot (the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai). And then parents and kids will make Labane together. Labane is a delicious spreadable cheese, and it is traditional to eat dairy products on the holiday of Shavuot.

For this project you will need:

32 oz container of plain whole millk Greek Yogurt


a linen or muslin towel or several cheesecloths

To serve your labane, you may want:

olive oil to drizzle on top

Za'atar or chopped fresh herbs

pita bread (warm is nice!)

sliced veggies to dip

Shabbat Morning Saturday May 2nd 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

We'll be on Zoom for a slightly modified schedule or our usual 1st Saturday of the month gatherings. Rabbi G. will lead us in prayer, study, and song. Kids and their grownups are especially encouraged to log on around 11:10 AM for some Shabbat songs with Kris Wettstein, blessings and kiddush. And if you miss chatting with friends, join the meeting early at 9:45 AM or stay for awhile after 11;30 to chat and catch up

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Events & Updates 4/24

Shabbat & Song Share 4/24 at 6:30 Celebrate Shabbat and the month of Iyar with candle lighting, lots of singing, kiddush and motzi. Emily and Kris will start with a few songs, and then open it up for others to share a song. Feel free to share a song that’s resonant for you, whether or not it’s music we usually sing at Malkhut. If you want to share a song with lyrics, just come prepared to paste the lyrics (or a link to a document with the lyrics) in the zoom chat bar.If you're able to, you might want to dress for Shabbos, and have candles and matches, a kiddush cup and wine or grape juice, and challah nearby.
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Judaism and Justice Text Study Saturday 4/25 at 1:30 Deva Estin will lead us in unpacking the week's Torah portion through the lens of social justice. Email Deva for details.
Counting the Omer: Emily Herzlin, a Malkhut leader and gifted teacher of mindfulness meditation, is generously sharing last year's weekly resource to guide us on the journey of the Omer period - the days between Passover and Shavuot. This week we are cultivating This week we are cultivating Tiferet--balance or harmony. Things may feel extremely out of balance right now. How can I be compassionate towards that, AND set an intention to bring balance wherever possible into my heart, mind, and body? Head here for the full Omer teaching for this week.
We have a terrific bunch of people who have volunteered to help facilitate our new small groups that meet online once a week or so. Some will focus on a specific theme (study, social justice, parents with babies) and others will be geared towards more informal schmoozing.  If you'd like to be matched up with a group, please fill out this form.
Tell us how else you'd like to stay connected! How do you want to stay in touch with the Malkhut community during this crisis? What kinds of remote programming would you like to see? Please share your thoughts by taking this brief survey.

Save the Date
Saturday 5/2 Shabbat morning 10:00 AM
Saturday 5/2 Children's Learning Program with Nadya 12:30 PM
Saturday 5/9 Shabbat study with Rabbi G. 1:30 PM