By Chanita Teitz

Last week I wrote about the horrible massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. I think that most people are sympathetic to the families who lost loved ones. And all over the media, we are hearing of people who want tougher gun laws and tougher laws to help people with mental illnesses and keep them off the streets if they are a danger to society. The first purpose of government is to protect its citizens.

Just the other day someone commented to me about the column. This person said very cavalierly, “These things happen and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not worth losing sleep over it.”

I would answer this person that although these things do happen, they shouldn’t, and we as a society have an obligation to try to do something about it. Society will fall apart if evil wins over good.

At Bais Yaakov,

A Different Kind Of Spin

The first-graders at Bais Yaakov learned graphing with a Chanukah spin! Using their dreidels and pennies, the students played dreidel in small groups. While playing, they applied the use of their learned skills of adding, subtracting, and dividing as they had much fun. Depending on how the dreidel landed, they added to, subtracted from, or divided the pot.

While they were having fun playing dreidel, the girls graphed their groups’ individual results on how often the dreidel landed on each letter. Each small group then shared their results with their class.

Taking it one step further, Mrs. Peri Schonfeld’s class graphed the entire class’s results on a large graph chart. They hung it in the hallway for everyone to see.

To extend the fun and the learning, Mrs. Schonfeld’s reading groups put vowels, consonant blends, and digraphs on the sides of the dreidels instead of nun, gimmel, hei, and shin. When the dreidel landed on a specific sound, the girls had to think of a word that begins with the sound and write it on a whiteboard. What a fun way to practice phonics!

KGH Library Closing For Renovations

The Kew Gardens Hills library on Vleigh Place will be closing on February 17, 2013 for expansion and renovation. The building will be enlarged and the interior will be completely renovated. It is scheduled to reopen in 2014.

Before closing, the library will host a memorial for Patricia Dolan, the longtime president of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association (formerly known as the Queens Valley Homeowners Association) on Wednesday, February 15, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

The library is moving temporarily to 71-34 Main Street during the summer. Until then, service will be provided by a book bus or at other Queens libraries. The closest branches are in Hillcrest at 187-05 Union Turnpike and the Pomonok branch at 158-21 Jewel Avenue. When finished, the library will have about 11,208 square feet of space.

Upcoming Events

Join fellow alumni of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim on January 1 at the annual HaRav Paltiel and Rebbetzin Goldie Friend Memorial New Year’s Day alumni learning program, 9:45 a.m.—12:45 p.m., followed by lunch. For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Winter at or call 917-612-9339.

Condolences . . .

To Mrs. Brooke Brodsky upon the petirah of her mother.

To Mrs. Leora Hecht on the petirah of her father.

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

Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage, with offices in Kew Gardens Hills and Fresh Meadows. For all your real-estate needs in Queens, call her at 718-263-4500 or e‑mail

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