By Chanita Teitz

This past Sunday, the Yad Eliezer tea was held in Ruchi Elbogen’s backyard in Kew Gardens Hills. My daughter Deedee Weiss sponsored the tea in memory of my grandmother Fay Fruchter and my mother, Shoshana Ashkanazy. This elegant event was most timely because it was the day before my mother’s yahrzeit.

My mother was a superb teacher, having taught preschool and first grade for many years in Bais Yaakov and Yeshiva Tifereth Zvi of Chicago. There is hardly a family in the city that hasn’t had at least one child in Morah Shani’s class.

Not only was she an excellent teacher, as a mother she was our foremost teacher. My mother and father, z’l, taught us responsibility, honesty, and to think for ourselves along with deep-seated emunah, a love of mitzvos, and a strong religious Zionist outlook.

My parents made aliyah to Israel in the early years of the state when there were few if any of the things we take for granted today. Israel then was in its infancy. Immigration to Israel was hardly a blip on anyone’s radar and there was no major tourism either. It was a country and a people struggling to survive. There were no superhighways then nor any bypass roads, so my father drove my mother to the hospital to give birth to me with a gun in the car, driving on roads that went right through Arab villages.

What a wonderful and appropriate way to remember my mother by connecting her to a tea which raises money to help families in Israel get the basic necessities for their babies.

Her love of children knew no bounds. Thank you, Deedee and Yad Eliezer, for this opportunity to honor her memory. Tizku l’mitzvos!

Kew Gardens Hills doesn’t lack in community organizations, and the KGH Mikvah Tea will have been held on Wednesday night at the Young Israel of KGH by the time you read this. Guest speaker will be Charlie Harary and a beautiful and delicious brunch buffet will be served.

Can you believe that it’s already Shabbos Mevorchim again? Weren’t we all just commiserating on the pre-Pesach jitters? And now we’ll be bentching Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. That means summer is officially here and will be a short one, with most schools starting again in August because Rosh Hashanah is the week of Labor Day.

Well, let me not get too much ahead of myself and let’s just savor every moment. As always there will be a Carlebach davening at Yeshiva Kesser Torah this Friday night beginning with Minchah at 7:00 p.m. Men and women are welcome!

Congregation Etz Chaim of KGH presents the final monthly shiur ha’chodesh for women by women for this year. Rachel Friedman, associate dean and chair of Tanakh Studies at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, will speak on “Searching for Holiness: Shirat Hayam in Tanakh and Tefillah.” The shiur will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:45 p.m. at the shul, 147-19 73rd Avenue. The suggested donation is $4 for members and $5 for non-members.

The 70th anniversary dinner of the Queens Jewish Center will take place on Sunday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Kneseth Israel, the White Shul, 728 Empire Ave in Far Rockaway. They will be honoring their past presidents and the young leadership award will go to Stacey Levine. For more information, contact Queens Jewish Center and Talmud Torah online. 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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