By Chanita Teitz

The West Hempstead community joined together for a night of unity and inspiration. Chazaq, Young Israel of West Hempstead, Anshei Shalom, Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park, Bais Torah U’Tefillah, and Chabad sponsored a wonderful and inspirational pre-Pesach shiur with Rabbi Frand.

Rabbi Frand is well known across the world through his books, audio CDs, and speaking engagements. He is one of the most popular lecturers of our time.

The room was packed with men and women who enjoyed hearing words of wisdom and chizuk before Pesach. Among the many things Rabbi Frand spoke about was the goal of the Seder is to strengthen us in our faith, inspire us in our observance of the Torah, and give us a closer and deeper relationship with Hashem. Our task on the night of the Passover Seder is to explain to our children what we see as our role in this world and to be role models, as well as good Jews in society.

He expressed how we have to always have hope and never give up. We must believe there is a reason for everything and it may not be understood right away, but eventually it will all become clear why certain things happen in our lives.

It was truly an honor to have Rabbi Frand join the West Hempstead community. All came away from the shiur with chizuk and inspiration going into the Pesach holiday.

Bnos Malka Preschool

By Mrs. Shoshana Berman, Director

One of the highlights of the March unit on transportation was a visit from Mr. Rothman, a Long Island firefighter and father of a Bnos Malka student. Pre-K students engaged in hands-on fire safety techniques, which Mr. Rothman actively demonstrated. Critical aspects of fire safety were taught to the students, including never going near matches; how to stop, drop, and roll; not to hide from or be afraid of a firefighter even when he is wearing all of his equipment; and how to crawl out of a room if there is smoke in the area.

The children loved seeing the various pieces of equipment a firefighter uses, and learning their purpose.

In preparation for Pesach, the preschool students enjoyed a visit from the Matzah Bakery. The children had a chance to experience each stage of the matzah baking process from threshing and winnowing wheat stalks, grinding them with an authentic hand mill, and then creating dough in a short amount of time. The children loved mixing flour and water together, rolling the dough, pricking holes, and watching their matzah bake.

Upcoming Events

Daf hashavua, Monday and Thursday nights from 8:30 p.m.–9:10 p.m. at Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim in Kew Gardens Hills. Please come!

Daf hashavua’s method of learning is very rewarding. Since you do one blatt a week with chazara, you’ll be able to retain it. There are two shiurim a week of one blatt of pashut pshat, halachah, and iyun. In the future, they hope to add other times for chazara, etc. To join, contact Chaim David at

CHAZAQ presents exciting chol hamoed shows:

Torah Tots, Tuesday, April 3 at 12 p.m. at Yeshiva of Central Queens, 147-37 70th Rd, Flushing.

Magic Show with Shlomo Levinger, Wednesday, April 4 at 12 p.m. at Beth Gavriel Center.

For each show: $7 per child and adults are free. For more information, call 718-285-9132, e-mail or visit

Rebbetzin Vicky Berglas speaking at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills on Shabbos, April 7 at 6 p.m. The topic is “The Truth Behind the Recent Polish Law Regarding the Holocaust.”

For more information call 718-285-9132, e-mail, or visit

An Evening of Remembrance and World Premiere of “Every Day a Memory.” April 17, 7 p.m. at the Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park. Presented by Afikim Foundation. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert following the program. For more information, call 212-791-7450.

Community Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities, celebrating Israel at 70 on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Queens Jewish Center, 66-05 108th St., Forest Hills. It begins with Minchah and continues with prayers for Israel, a special speaker, and a festive Ma’ariv. Israeli refreshments with be served. Admission is free.

The featured speaker, Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will speak about “Israel at 70: The Miracle continues.” Mr. Jacobson monitored and analyzed events affecting Jews in the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America and analyzed issues sur-rounding the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has authored numerous publications including, “US Aid to the Middle East: A Look Back, A Look Ahead.” For information call 718-459-8432 or

Echo Women annual Queens event

April 22, 8 p.m. featuring Rabbi Fishel Schachter, maggid shiur, speaking on “When Google Doesn’t Have the Answer.” For further information contact

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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