By Chanita Teitz

This has got to be the most frigid, freezing, frosty February in recent history. March can’t come soon enough. Mishenichnas Adar marbim b’chom! (When Adar arrives, we should increase the temperatures.)

Our office has increased–not in heat, but in staff size. We welcome a new agent, Rabbi Yaakov Richter, to Astor Brokerage. Rabbi Richter learned in Shaar Hatorah in Kew Gardens, taught in Ezra Academy for four years, and is currently the eighth-grade rebbe in Yeshiva Ketana of Queens.

As a resident of Richmond Hill, he will be specializing there and in Kew Gardens. He knows the areas well and can guide buyers in any price range. He has already helped four buyers and sellers and can help you, too. Call our office or e-mail me for his cell phone number.

That’s the good news. The bad news is everything else in the news. It is very frightening that there may be cuts in funding for homeland security. And Obama is going to start vetoing bills, starting with the Keystone Pipeline.

Rudy Giuliani was outspoken in saying that President Obama doesn’t love America. He has been receiving much flak for his comments, but I heard the original speech he made, and he spoke dynamically and with much emotion. He’s not afraid to say what he believes. He led our city with strength after 9/11. Too bad he is not running for president.

The world has gone mad, but Purim can turn things around–V’nahapoch hu. Mishenichnas Adar marbim b’sechel–may we see an increase in logic and common sense!

Past Events

Shevach High School Hosts 10-Year Reunion. On Sunday, February 8, the halls of Shevach High School reverberated with the sound of joyous greetings. A well-attended 10-year reunion for the class of 2005 was planned and executed by Shevach alumna and present Shevach teacher Ms. Sara Nasirov, with the aid of Shevach executive director Rabbi Ezra Militzky.

Spirits rode high as close to 40 alumnae attended and recalled with much nostalgia their high-school years. In the words of one young lady, “It feels as if we never left. The atmosphere that permeates the halls of Shevach gives me such a sense of security and well-being. Some things just never change!” This said despite the fact that all were impressed with the new kitchen in Shevach where the students have culinary-arts classes and bake for Shabbatonim and chagigos. This was in contrast to the “old days,” when the girls had to go elsewhere to cook and bake.

The reunion was greatly enhanced by the presence of some of the girls’ former teachers, including Mrs. Miriam Krohn, Mrs. Nechama Mirsky, Mrs. Debby Meltzer, Mrs. Reva Kitainik, and Mrs.Gitty Lipsius. After some catching up on the past ten years and enjoying a lavish spread from the beautiful buffet, the young ladies were delighted to be addressed by Shevach English teacher Mrs. Shari Weiss, who taught many of the girls way back in junior high at Bais Yaakov of Queens.

Mrs. Weiss addressed the alumnae on the pre-story of Purim, based on Esther Rabbah. She spoke about the conspiracy to kill BneiYisrael that was initiated before the Megillah even begins. When the initial plan did not work, Haman advised Achashverosh that the best way to destroy Bnei Yisrael would be to get them to assimilate, hence the seudah that the Megillah opens with. Mrs. Weiss went on to tell the graduates that assimilation today is at an all-time high. Excluding the frum community, assimilation is at 71%. She charged these women with the obligation to correct this through kiruv and serving as a kiddushHashem in everything they do. All present were inspired by her thought-provoking and powerful dvarTorah.

The evening culminated with a video produced by alumna Yocheved Temima Rosenthal consisting of pictures from their high-school years. All enjoyed being transported back in time to their wonderful high-school days. Everyone felt recharged by this lovely evening, where they reconnected with their former teachers and each other.

Upcoming Events

KGH Megillah-reading times. The times for the various shuls in the neighborhood can be found at The list will be finished just before Purim so you will be able to check it online. Thanks to Yussie Englander for supplying this information every year.

An evening of inspiration–N’shei Ohr Moshe membership soirée. Melavehmalkah concert, kumzitz, and karaoke featuring Mrs. Rena Greenberg, distinguished music professional, combining Torah and music. Topic: “The Power of Tefillah on Purim.” MotzaeiShabbos,February 28, 8:00 p.m. Congregation Ohr Moshe, 170-16 73rd Avenue. Couvert: $40; Sponsor: $60. RSVP: Beth at 718-591-4143; Ruchie at 718-591-4441; or

The special power of prayer on Purim presented by R’ Moshe Schwerd. MotzaeiShabbos, February 28, 9:00 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 73rd Ave. and 147th St., KGH.

Weekly bereavement group. Beginning next week in Fresh Meadows, NY. Open to anyone dealing with grief, loss, or related issues. Please e-mail or call 917-993-2540 with any questions or for more information regarding the group. Elizabeth Carmen, MA, Ed.M., psychotherapist in private practice. Locations in Queens and Manhattan.

Big Chazaq Event III. Sunday night, March 15. At the Colden Auditorium at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Event begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Great music and entertainment by Avraham Fried. Inspiration by world-renowned lecturers Charlie Harary, R’ Zecharia Wallerstein, and R’ Paysach Krohn. Special performance by internationally acclaimed mentalist Marc Salem. To order tickets, call 917-617-3636 or 718-285-9132, e-mail, or visit Online payment site: Tickets: $18, $26, $36, $60, $75, and VIP. Proceeds go towards Chazaq’s outreach programs. Sponsorship opportunities available at


To Mr. Haskell Yadlovker and family on the petirah of his wife.

To Mrs. Shoshana Troppe and family on the petirah of her father.

HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tzion v’Yerushalayim. 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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