By Chanita Teitz

It’s already the Fourth of July, summer is in full swing, and I’m making our reservations for Israel for Rosh Hashanah. Didn’t we just take down our sukkah? And how fast did Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, and Shavuos disappear? Does global warming also affect the speed of time?

With Rosh Hashanah so early this year, the schools are starting in August, so it will be a short summer. Let’s all take advantage of the warmer weather and laid-back days while we can. We’ll soon be complaining about the ice and snow.

Also keep in mind that this is the peak real-estate selling season. It’s a “seller’s market,” so if you’ve been thinking about selling, call me now. We work with a variety of professionals who can help you get your house ready for sale, including expediters who can help you cure and dismiss violations that would impede the smooth process of selling your house. Call me for more information.

Upcoming Events

Melinda Katz for Queens is looking for people willing to help out in the campaign. For more information, e-mail

As always, there will be a Carlebach davening this Friday evening (Shabbos Mevorchim) at Yeshiva Kesser Torah. Minchah begins at 7:00 p.m. Men and women are welcome.

At 5:30 p.m. on Shabbos afternoon July 6, the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will present the fourth lecture in its annual summer Shabbos-afternoon lecture series. Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, MSW, will speak on the topic “Rav Dessler Meets Dr. Spock: Jewish and Secular Attitudes Toward the Punishment and Coercion of Children.” All men and women are invited. In the beis midrash of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Mrs. Chana Silver, back by popular demand, will be giving a shiur entitled “Carpe Diem! Understanding our unique role in life; creating and reaching for new realities.” Tuesday, July 9, 8:00 p.m., 72-23 139th Street (side entrance). Suggested donation: $5.

“Marketing Yourself & Your Business with Facebook” presented by Cara Friedman, account director at Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency. July 10, 7:00—8:00 p.m. at the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck NY 11362. RSVP to 718-224-0566 or Keeping in touch is the most important element to building relationships that sustain and helps to grow a business. The Internet has evolved into an amazing, low-cost, “right now” tool to communicate with your customers, clients, and prospects. It is not just about websites and e‑mails anymore. Social media has changed the playing field for reaching the masses, as well as giving them a way to respond. In theme with social media week, join millions of New Yorkers as you learn the nuts-and-bolts of social media. This seminar will explain how to use Facebook, one of the fastest-growing social-media websites. Learn to market yourself and your business. The workshop will include navigating the site, creating a personal and professional profile, and learning how to market the site and draw business to you. Space is limited. Advance registration required.

The John F. Kennedy Regular Democratic Club will have a special summer meeting on Thursday night, July 11, at 8:00 p.m., at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills. Featured speakers are new Police Captain Frederick Grover of the local 107th Precinct and New York State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. The Center is located at 71-25 Main Street. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Assemblyman Simanowitz is sponsoring a Benjy’s Pizza party. They will also have coffee and cake on hand. For further information, please contact Jeff Gottlieb at 917-376-4496 or

Summer Shiurim for Women at Etz Chaim. Beginning July 10, on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., Rabbi Zvi Lew, a popular teacher from YUHS for Girls (Central), will be delivering a weekly shiur for women in hilchot berachot. This lecture series is free and open to all women and will be held at Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, 147-19 73rd Avenue. The first shiur will deal with themes of the Nine Days and Tishah B’Av.

Rabbi Zvi Lew’s annual summer shiur for students and alumni of Samuel Wang Yeshiva University HS for Girls is meeting on Mondays in the Congregation Etz Chaim Social Hall (downstairs). For more information, contact Rabbi Lew.

The National Council of Young Israel, the highly acclaimed Shalom Workshop, and the Young Israel of West Hempstead will present “An Evening for Couples: Making Good Marriages Great!” This special program will take place during the Nine Days on Sunday, July 14 at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150-05 70th Road, at 7:30 p.m. A light dinner will be served. Presenters are Esther Friedman, MSW, director of Shalom Workshop, and Meir Rizel, MS, MHC, director of men’s education for Shalom Task Force. Preregistration for all participants requested by Tuesday, July 9 for this program, which is offered at no charge to members of Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. The charge for nonmembers is $18 per couple. For more information or to register, please call 212-929-1525 ext. 112; e‑mail; or visit 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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