By Chanita Teitz

The flu has hit and I was sick last week. I spent three days in bed, listening to the news ad nauseam and overcome with blessed sleep to escape news of the horror in Paris for a little while. Sleeping on and off throughout the day made me “sleepless in Kew Gardens Hills” in the middle of the night. But the middle of our night is early morning in Europe and Israel, so I tuned in to Arutz Sheva for the latest news.

As I write this on Sunday, we have seen the march and rally in Paris of about 40 heads of state and estimates of close to 3 million people marching against Islamic terrorism. Any terrorism by any group is despicable, but let’s call a spade a spade and call this what it is, Islamic terrorism aimed at the West and aimed at the Jews.

There, I said what our president refuses to say and I, along with many Americans ask, “Where was he today?” The president of the United States was missing, and everyone wants to know why. Security concerns are the major reason given for his absence. I understand those concerns, but Bibi Netanyahu did attend notwithstanding deep concerns for his safety. And every other head of state was a security challenge and nightmare for the French. But still, they were there!

The French government didn’t want Netanyahu, who is at the front lines in the fight against Islamic terror, to attend the rally, but when he insisted, they invited Abbas, who is at the front lines supporting terror.

What a joke! Abbas can’t make peace with Israel, the Palestinians continue to commit terrorist acts in Israel encouraged by Abbas, and he marches with other dignitaries against terror. What convoluted nonsense!

Netanyahu also attended a gathering at the Great Synagogue of Paris, which was kept closed on Shabbos, and spoke words of chizuk and unity and told the French Jewish community to make aliyah to Israel.

It is now Tuesday and as I finish this column. I have seen pictures of the funerals in Yerushalayim for the four French Jews murdered in the kosher supermarket on Friday. May we, as a nation, know of no more funerals for Jewish victims of terror. Hashem yinkom damam.

Shevach Honors Students Learn At LCW

A select group of junior and senior Shevach students are part of an exciting new honors program that will provide these young women with opportunities that are usually reserved for the college experience. The program, directed by the dean of Lander College for Women, Marian Stoltz-Loike, and Mrs. Nechama Mirsky, Shevach High School associate principal of general studies, began with a sensational event at LCW on Monday, November 10.

The Shevach students, accompanied by Rebbetzin Rochelle Hirtz, Shevach principal, and Mrs. Mirsky, arrived at LCW and were greeted by Mrs. Sarah Klugmann, the director of recruitment. Students were then able to participate in classes such as Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser’s class on PirkeiAvos, business ethics, introduction to music therapy, biotechnology, honors history, and more.

After a superb academic experience, the students were given a tour of LCW’s modern building and they learned about the exciting internships and opportunities that LCW students have. Students spent time in the library, met with Shevach graduates who are current LCW students, and were introduced to Rabbi Tzvi Flaum, who is the mashgiachruchani at LCW (and the father of Mrs. Devora Kovitz, a beloved administrator at Shevach).

During a beautifully prepared luncheon, the Shevach students were privileged to hear from Dr. Karen Sutton, head of the Honors Program at LCW, as well as several current Honors students at LCW. Dean Marian Stoltz-Loike addressed the girls with an exceptional dvarTorah and discussion of the students’ gifts and responsibilities. A spirited discussion about personal ambition and the college application process engaged the students as they learned about the wealth of academic, social, and cultural opportunities LCW provides in a supportive Orthodox environment.

On Thursday, December 11, the Shevach students once again traveled to LCW and attended an exceptional lecture by Aviva Klompas, director of speechwriting for the Israeli delegation to the United Nations. As Dean Stoltz-Loike pointed out, “Aviva Klompas captivated students and faculty at the Lander College for Women with her frank, insightful, and provocative depiction of the current state between the UN and Israel.” Shevach is grateful to the dean for inviting the honors students to join in this unique event and looks forward to the continuing development of this exciting program, which will, iy’H, include guest speakers, trips, and advanced learning workshops for these dedicated students.

Upcoming Events

Chazaq Events:

-    Melaveh Malkah for Men, January 17, 8:00 p.m. at Bet Gavriel, 66-35 108th Street.

-    Shiur for men and women by Rabbi Yossi Zakutinsky of Hashevaynu. Sunday, January 18, 8:00 p.m. at Cong. Etz Chaim, 147-19 73rd Ave. Opening remarks by Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg.

-    Rabbi Daniel Travis speaking on the Har Nof massacre. Monday, January 19, 8:00 p.m., at Toras Emes, 78-15 Parsons Blvd.

-    Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss speaking at Shaare Tova Sunday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m., 82-33 Lefferts Blvd. in Kew Gardens.

Annual Tu B’Shevat Memorial Lecture: In memory of the women in our lives. Speaker: Mrs. Chumie Mirsky, noted educator and associate principal, Shevach High School. Date: Tuesday, February 3, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Degel Israel, Main Street and 68th Drive. Sponsored by Rivkie Leiman, Pearl Markovitz, and Evelyn Ocken in memory of their mothers, Sarah Landesman, Sarah bas Rav Avraham, a’h; Sylvia Meskin, Tzivia bas Eliezer, a’h; and Dorothy Goldberg, Devorah bas Mordechai, a’h. v

Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills, serving the entire Queens vicinity. For all your real-estate needs, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail



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