By Chanita Teitz

A few disturbing things happened last week in Kew Gardens Hills. On Monday night, January 7, someone in a car shot at another car in the vicinity of 150th Street and 72nd Avenue. Police were called but I haven’t seen any updates on who did it or if he was caught.

Also, last week there was a suspicious man seen in the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. He was approached and asked to leave. From surveillance video, it seems he had been in the neighborhood before and was in other shuls. He is suspected of stealing from one of the shuls and he has been caught.

Last Shabbos, someone in a car stopped some girls to ask for the time and then asked the girls to get into the car. Baruch Hashem, the girls ran away and were not hurt.

These are warnings for us to be vigilant at all times. “If you see something, say something.” We must be the eyes and ears of the police. The officers at the 107th precinct know the community and are here to help us and protect us, but we must do our part, too. Keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Ever since the Pittsburgh murders, our shuls must also be protected. Unfortunately, Israelis are used to this type of vigilance and, unfortunately, we must be, too. We live in crazy times.

Being vigilant also includes being neighborly. If we’re going to keep an eye on our neighborhood, we must get to know our neighbors. Greet your neighbors, check on an elderly neighbor, and help keep an eye on the neighbor’s kids who are playing outside. Children should know that there are safe places to go and people they can trust if they feel threatened.

Kindness towards one another goes a long way in creating a caring and protective community. Now that we’re in the middle of winter and eventually it will likely snow, teach your children about doing chesed for an elderly neighbor, shoveling their sidewalk without being asked or taking their garbage pail to the curb. Kids need to be taught to be respectful to all the neighbors on the block, even if they aren’t as religious as you. Even a non-religious neighbor likes when we wish them a good Shabbos.

One happy ending to last week’s news happened just last night as I was writing this column. My husband came home and said that he couldn’t find his phone. He tried to retrace where he had been and where he might have left it or dropped it. He went back to the car and asked me to call him to make the phone ring if it was in the car. No, it wasn’t there. My son-in-law David tracked Akiva’s phone (baruch Hashem for technology!) and it showed exactly where it was located. They reported the lost phone to the police and Akiva went to the location to try to find it. David met him there.

The police of the 115th precinct met them at the location and spoke to someone in the building, but that person did not have the phone. Meanwhile, this morning Akiva was able to find the person who has the phone and she is planning to return it.

We commend and thank the officers of the 115th precinct for coming out to help them, to my son-in-law for his help and for staying with Akiva, and to the lady who found the phone. Have a safe and good Shabbos, everyone!

BYQ Meets Erica Lorenzo

Bais Yaakov of Queens sixth-graders met Erica Lorenzo, a scientist at UCONN health laboratory’s immunology department. Ms. Lorenzo shared fascinating details about her profession and conducted an experiment with the girls. The students were impressed to learn that Ms. Lorenzo, soon to receive her doctorate, is currently working on developing a more potent flu shot for those with weaker immune systems.

The girls felt comfortable asking questions and were inspired by Ms. Lorenzo’s focus on advancing developments in the scientific world and her desire to help others through her career. After conversing with Ms. Lorenzo, the girls were guided through an “elephant toothpaste” demonstration and got their hands messy in creating their own “slime” to decorate and take home.

The visit was perfectly timed as the sixth-graders embark on their own scientific explorations for the BYQ annual science fair. The students gained insight into actualizing the scientific method and process of scientific studies. “After this visit, the girls are even more energized to continue their work for the upcoming fair,” said Mrs. Tiffy Moeller, BYQ’s sixth-grade science teacher and mentor.

YCQ Alumni Association Kick-Off Reception

It was an amazing motzaei Shabbat, January 5, when the Yeshiva of Central Queens Alumni Association had its launch at a gala reception. The reception was to welcome and thank the class representatives for their commitment to YCQ and the Jewish community. Alumni co-chair Randi Beeber Luxenberg told those in attendance, “You are the building blocks that will bring this important project to fruition.” The event was to renew the interest of alumni in the yeshiva. Rabbi Landsman gave a tour of the building to alumni from graduating classes 1963 through the present.

The alumni association’s vision is to engage graduates and develop close relationships, so current students and faculty can continue to benefit from their skills and experience. Alumni relations are an integral part of keeping an institution thriving and it is the first step in continued growth for the yeshiva. YCQ has multiple generations of alumni, which is the cornerstone of keeping our heritage alive, as well as role modeling for current students how imperative this association is now, in the present, and for their futures as they become contributing adult members of Klal Yisrael.

The administration, committee members, and YCQ board members were in attendance to answer questions and show support for this project. The speakers discussed the growth the yeshiva has taken since its inception in 1941 in the world of academics and technology, most importantly how YCQ is keeping students connected to their heritage, their beliefs, and to Eretz Yisrael as we prepare them for their futures.

Upcoming Events

QFFL (Queens Flag Football League for Yeshiva Students) opened registration for the 2019 spring season. New start time: 2:00 p.m. on Fridays. The games will start at 2:15 p.m. after Pesach. Hopefully, this will allow boys from all yeshivos to attend.

  • Place: Soccer fields 5, 8, and 9 in Flushing Meadows Park
  • Schedule: Practice week March 1
  • 8 regular-season games 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 5/3, 5/10
  • Playoffs 5/17
  • Super Bowl 5/24
  • Leagues: Beginners 1st–2nd grades
  • Pee Wee 3rd–4th grades
  • Junior 5th–6th grades
  • Prep 7th–8th grades
  • Pro 9th–11th grades
  • Cost: Early-bird special till Thursday, January 31: $160
  • Full price: $175

Contact Information: Rabbi Rafi Pearl, 718-541-5672

Claire’s Kosher Kitchen and Bnos Malka Academy is offering a 10-part hands-on culinary series for adult men and women. Each session is approximately 2½ hours long. This year the 10 classes will be given in two 5-part sessions. The price is $150/person per session. Save $50 by signing up for all 10 classes ($250/person). For more information and reservations, call 347-470-6860.

Session 1: Cake and Cookie Decorating: shaping cakes; buttercream, fondant, and royal icing; and more (starts February 3).

Session 2: Culinary 101: knife skills; stocks and sauces; roasting, braising, pan searing beef, chicken, fish, and vegetables; and making fresh pasta and artisan breads (starts February 24).

Uncle Moishy, Twins from France, and Cousin Nachum on Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m. at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 7011 150th St., Flushing. Presented by Chazaq and Shmira. Only $15 a ticket. Special sponsor tickets only $25; VIP section includes taking a picture with Uncle Moishy and Twins from France and a free CD. Tickets are available at the door. For advance reservations or information, call 516-455-7710 or 718-285-9132, email Events@Chazaq.org, or visit Chazaq.org.

Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe raffle campaign. Drawing will be held February 2 at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. First prize: $10,000 cash or two years free tuition at YTM. Second prize: $1,000 cash. Third prize: $200 cash. Visit YTMRaffle.org to see mini-auction prizes. Please help continue their vital work by buying tickets or selling them to your family, friends, and business associates. 1 ticket: $50; 4 tickets: $180. The seller of the winning ticket receives $1,000 cash!

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 email chanita@astorbrokerage.com.

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