By Chanita Teitz

Climbing For One Israel Fund And Itamar

For all you would-be athletes out there who wish you could run a marathon, a Kew Gardens Hills resident has been competing in another type of marathon for a few years. Michael Rollhaus climbs stairs competitively. Like his wife Gila, he is a community activist, involved with Moshe Feiglin’s Manhigut Yehudi as well as other Jewish and pro-Israel causes. On November 29, he will be climbing the Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv for the second time to raise money for One Israel Fund and the town of Itamar in the Shomron.

“I started climbing stairs about four years ago. Over these past few years, I have climbed the Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv, the Chicago Presidential Towers three times, and most recently I climbed the Empire State Building in NYC. The thrill I get when finishing a race is absolutely amazing, and I wish everyone could experience it!”

“The Azrieli Center is comprised of three buildings, each one longer than the one before. The first time I climbed the towers, I was one of the few who managed to get through all three towers. I climbed 140 flights of dirty, smoke-filled stairs, and be’H I can’t wait to do it again!”

Michael is doing this race in order to raise $10,000 to help fund a synagogue in Itamar. “Itamar is an up-and-coming community, and they are building themselves to new heights, as I do with my climbing, one step at a time.”

If you would like to help Michael reach his goal, contact Shana ( in the One Israel Fund office and she will be happy to help you!

You can read more at All the proceeds go to One Israel Fund.

Upcoming Events

This Sunday, October 20, there will be a communal shiur given by rosh hayeshiva, Rav Yonason Sacks, shlita, at the Lander College for Men. A delicious breakfast (free of charge) will be served at 9:00 a.m., followed by the shiur at 9:30 a.m. This event is for men only. To RSVP or with any questions please e-mail

This Sunday, October 20, the CHAZAQ organization proudly presents a very special evening of spirituality through music with one of Israel’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Yosef Karduner! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. Location: Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 7011 150th St. in Flushing. For more information, call or text 917-617-3636 or e-mail

The CHAZAQ Women’s Division and EMET in conjunction with Beth Gavriel present “Effective Communication: Every Action Causes A Reaction,” a five part series with Rebbetzin Adina Ribacoff which began on Monday, October 14 and will continue Mondays, October 21, November 11, 18, and 25 at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free! All ladies are welcome. Location: Beth Gavriel Center, 66-35 108th St. in Forest Hills. For more information, call 718-285-9132 or e-mail

Jewish Business Development, formerly CNG of Queens, a networking group, invites business owners and professionals to a highly publicized and anticipated networking opportunity. Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. (informal networking begins at 7:00). Location: Wing Wan, 248 Hempstead Avenue in West Hempstead. Since they are expecting many new attendees, RSVP as soon as possible to

Mrs. Dina Schoonmaker, on a special visit from Eretz Yisrael, will speak on Monday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Mrs. Yelli Koenig, 138-33 78th Drive, Kew Gardens Hills. Dina Schoonmaker is a teacher, popular lecturer, and relationship counselor. A staff member of Michlalah Jerusalem College for over 20 years, Dina teaches a number of courses and runs a counseling hotline for alumni where she deals with issues such as dating and shalom bayit. In addition, Dina lectures extensively throughout the seminary circuit on topics of personal development through the eyes of the Torah. Dina is a regular respondent in Mishpacha Magazine’s “Advice Line” and has written for the Klal Perspectives Journal, a forum for discussion of challenges facing the Torah community.

Most recently, Dina began a series of live mussar vaadim for women throughout Israel. What started as a single small group mushroomed into 10 separate groups as the need for such a forum became obvious. In response to many requests to offer her Vaad internationally, she decided to launch a Vaad by teleconference so that anyone, anywhere, has the opportunity to participate.

Midreshet Adina is proud to present Rabbi Jeremy Kagan speaking on “Yaakov And Esav: Clashing Cultures, Clashing Worlds” on Tuesday, November 5, 9:15 a.m. Fee: $10. Location: 136-05 72nd Road, KGH. Babysitting available for a small fee. Please call 718-544-9218.

The Erna Lindenfeld Hachnosas Kallah Fund of Queens invites all women to its annual tea and a highly entertaining original musical comedy performance, “Hakol B’seder,” on November 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Electchester Electrical Building, Parsons Boulevard and Jewel Avenue. Special guest speaker Rebbetzin Ruth Schonfeld of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will give the welcome address. Dedicated this year to Ethel Korn, a’h, a pillar of the Kew Gardens Hills community, the fund has distributed $145,000 this year alone to help needy young couples in our communities and in Eretz Yisrael. Every case is considered on an individual basis according to its unique circumstance.

Rabbi Menachem Nissel, renowned lecturer and author of the Hebrew and English editions of the highly acclaimed Rigshei Lev: Women and Tefillah will speak on “The Battle For The Jewish Home: A Chanukah Story” Monday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills. For men and women. Free admission. Donations to Queens JInspire are welcome. Rabbi Menachem Nissel is a renowned speaker and author who has inspired thousands throughout the world. He has the rare ability to translate lofty concepts into practical daily living, spiced with irrepressible British humor. He is a senior lecturer for Ner LeElef (Jewish Leadership Training) and teaches in yeshivas and seminaries in Jerusalem. He is the rabbinic resource for NCSY, a popular worldwide youth group. He has an MBA from the London Business School.

Warm, Loving Playgroup in KGH. Lately I’ve seen some postings at KGH shuls by parents looking for a small, homey, loving playgroup for their two year olds offering extended hours. “Charming Tots” is in its third year and has a few available spots. The children get lots of individual attention with age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate toys and activities. All projects are child-made so that the creativity of each child is allowed to develop. You can email me for more information.


To Mr. Jack Meth and family on the petirah of his mother. Shivah is observed at the Meth residence, 135-04 72nd Avenue, till Friday afternoon. Shacharis, 7:00 a.m.; Minchah and Ma’ariv, 6:00 p.m. It is requested that people not come between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. and between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. In addition, no visitors after 9:30 p.m. HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tziyon v’Yerushalayim. v

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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