By Chanita Teitz

Hills - Chaim Dovid and Chaim Chait at the Chazaq Kumsitz

The June 9 issue of Crain’s New York Business report featured an article about the garden apartments along 150th Street to Kissena Boulevard between 72nd Road and 75th Road. The buildings were sold and the new owner is renovating the entire complex. Our agent, Millie Abrahmov, who heads our rental department, was interviewed for the article. She stated that the property has been run-down for a long time but is now being repaired.

There is some concern that with the renovations, the rents will increase. But it seems that tenants are happy to see improvements and better maintenance. Local businesses see the higher quality apartments attracting tenants who will increase their businesses’ profitability.

Also in the news this week are conflicting opinions on a speech given by Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain, at the Hertzilya Conference. He told the Jews of Europe that there is no future there and they should leave and settle in Eretz Yisrael. Some say he is surrendering to BDS while others say he is being realistic and saying the truth. I haven’t yet been able to listen to the speech or read a transcript, but if any of my readers can tell me where I can find it, I would like to hear it myself.

Have a good chodesh and a good Shabbos.

Past Events

Chazaq Hosts Inspiring Kumzits in Fresh Meadows. Chazaq hosted a kumzits at Congregation Beit Eliyahu in Fresh Meadows on Thursday night, June 11. Rabbi Yonatan Hakimian led a joyful crowd in song and dance. Special guest Chaim Dovid, visiting from Jerusalem, joined the festivities and performed a solo set. Chaim Chait regaled the crowd with his guitar, and many young attendees joined in with a spontaneous drum circle.

The entire crowd was inspired by music and tales of the past and the present. For more information about upcoming Chazaq events and programs call Chazaq at 718-285-9132 or e-mail

Upcoming Events

Mesivta Tiferet Torah 10th Anniversary Dinner. Monday, June 22, Elite Palace at 69-02 Garfield Avenue in Woodside. For more information, call 718-441-1979 or e-mail

The 36th Anniversary Dinner of Ateret Cohanim. Monday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Terrace on the Park in Queens. Honorees are Mark and Naomi Rubin, celebrating the chanukatha’bayit of Beit Rubin in the heart of Jerusalem, and Mati and Etya Dan, founder and chairman of Ateret Cohanim. Special tribute: Ohev Yisrael Award to D. Bernard and Ann Hoenig. For more information, call 212-216-9270 or e-mail

Queens Jewish Community Council presents Shalom Yerushalayim. Tuesday, June 23, 7:30—9:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike.

The Jewish Heritage Center Annual Dinner. Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. at Shaare Tova, 82-33 Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens, honoring Eric and Lorenna Braunstein, Ya’acov and Yocheved Granek, Svi and Lynn Grossman, and Chaim and Aliza Rhine. The dinner is in memory of Michael and Bruce Feurman, a’h. For more information, call 718-575-3100.

Emet Outreach Second Annual Dinner. On June 24, at Da Mikele Illagio, 79-17 Albion Avenue at 6:30 p.m. The honorees are Rabbi Reuven and Devorah Kigel, Stephen and Geraldine Rutenberg, Michael and Shoshana Haifetz, and Elina and Igor Fattakhov. Guest speaker is Rabbi Benzion Klatzko. For more information, call 718-820-9010.

Katz Summer Concert Series. On June 30, 6:00 p.m., presented by Melinda Katz, president, borough of Queens. Celebration of Jerusalem, starring Yoel Sharabi and band, in MacDonald Park, Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue in Forest Hills. Bring chairs and blankets. For more information, contact

Queens Hatzolah Premier Men’s Event.July 1, 6:30 p.m. in the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street. Entertainment by Lipa Live! A lavish grand barbecue by Greenwald Caterers and exclusive raffles. Suggested donation $180. RSVP to Astor Brokerage is proud to be a corporate sponsor.

Mazal Tov . . .

To our dear granddaughter Shoshana on her recent basmitzvah. What a dancer, and she spoke beautifully, too! Mazaltov to great-grandmothers Rebbetzin Teitz and Mrs. Horowitz; our mechutanim, Rabbi Dr. and Mrs. Mark Horowitz; our children, Sam and Devorah Horowitz; and siblings Rivky, Sarah, and baby Shlomo Nachman.

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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