By Chanita Teitz
Wow! What amazingly talented women we have right here in our community. The annual Erna Lindenfeld Hachnosas Kallah Tea took place last Tuesday night at the Electric Industry Building and was packed to capacity. Everyone always looks forward to this yearly event to help needy kallahs, in memory of Mrs. Erna Lindenfeld, and to enjoy the delicious food and the original skit.
The evening began with greetings by Mrs. Tova Well and Mrs. Shifra Witty, president. Rebbetzin Ruth Schonfeld spoke about Erna Lindenfeld, and then Mrs. Lindenfeld’s son, Shelly, spoke about his mother on behalf of the family.
This year’s tea was sponsored by the Korn family in memory of Ethel Korn. Her daughter, Karen Zimilover, spoke movingly about her dear mother.
And then, on with the show! This year’s skit was funny as always; the actresses’ portrayals of their characters and their magnificent singing captivated the audience. We were laughing at the characters and laughing at ourselves, too. “HaKol B’Seder” was a spoof about a rich family going to a 5-star hotel for Pesach and, in contrast, a simpler family making Pesach at home. The “hoity-toities” got lost and realized that they wouldn’t get to the hotel in time for yom tov, so they called the rabbi of the nearest town and were graciously hosted by the rabbi and his family.
At first, the accommodations didn’t quite measure up to what they were expecting, and they made a rude and poor impression on their hosts, even sending their hostess crying from the table. Later, they realized that they should have been much more grateful for finding a family willing to take them in at the last moment and share their humble home. They realized that all Jews are one and they began helping and enjoying each other’s company.
The humor and sheer enjoyment of the evening notwithstanding, there is a lesson to learn here. We, all of us, are one. Jews are one family and we should accept each other graciously, no matter our financial status, country of origin, or customs.
Unfortunately, we often see Jews discriminate against other Jews. How sad. When we see how much anti-Semitism is growing all around us, we need each other. In the end, what counts most is family.
Bais Yaakov News
In honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the Junior High at Bais Yaakov of Queens was treated to a special guest speaker from Eretz Yisrael, Mrs. Raize Guttman. Mrs. Guttman, herself an alumnus of BYQ, spoke to the girls about a mitzvah that is special for women–hafrashas challah. The first part of her presentation included the hashkafos and kavanos women and girls should aspire to focus on when involved in the physical tasks of running a home. Every chore is a mitzvah, just as it was for the kohanim in the Beis Hamikdash. And just as Sarah’s dough was blessed, and the lechem haponim in the Mishkan stayed fresh, women have the ability to bring the Shechinah into their homes by infusing their housekeeping with positive thoughts and gratitude to Hashem for the opportunity to care for a family.
The second part of the presentation was an actual challah-making demonstration. As Mrs. Guttman added each ingredient, she explained its significance and unique qualities. As she kneaded the dough, each girl was given a chance to say the name of someone who needed a yeshuah, and what that yeshuah would be. Everyone answered Amein to each bakashah!
Lastly, Mrs. Guttman showed the girls how to make different challos: some common and some more unique. The hour flew by as the girls sat with perfect decorum, fascinated by Mrs. Guttman’s hashkafos, stories, and demonstrations. We thank Mrs. Guttman for giving us her precious time to share with us these beautiful, practical lessons for life.
This is a reminder that Yeshiva Kesser Torah’s 29th annual melaveh malkah will be held Saturday evening, November 16, 7:45 p.m., at the Young Israel of Queens Valley, 141-55 77th Ave (corner of Main Street) in Kew Garden Hills. Harav Rosenblatt will speak and sing his own nigunim, accompanied by live music. Guests of honor will be Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov and Malka Gandjian. Divrei berachah: Harav Igal Haimoff shlita. Guest speaker: Harav Aryeh Sokoloff, shlita. Admission is by contribution ($100 per person). RSVP.
As mentioned previously, in conjunction with the memorial for Rabbi Tropper, zt’l, at this years’ chag hasmicha dinner, the yeshiva would like to present the Tropper family with a collection of remembrances written by talmedei hayeshiva from all the various tekufos. Much thanks to all those who have already responded. If you haven’t already, we would appreciate if talmidim would write something and forward it as soon as possible to email@example.com. Contributions will be reviewed and prepared by a family member. A few minutes from your busy week will yield, be’H, a great deal of nechamah to the family.
A new frum group for the elderly, in conjunction with B’Kavod, recently began in Congregation Degel Israel, 68th Drive and Main St. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. There is no charge for anything. A hot meal, plus fresh fruit and snacks, is served. There are crafts, divrei Torah, and other activities. Aides and family members are welcome to assist if necessary. It is located on the lower level of Rabbi Sheinfeld’s shul. There are two ways to get in: via the driveway from Main St., which has no steps, so it is wheelchair accessible, or from the Main St. entrance, which takes about eight steps down to the hall. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-543-9818.
Bnos Malka. For those who were unable to attend the Open House last week during the work day, there will be a mini open house at the home of Binyomin and Slava Deitsch on November 18 at 8:00 p.m. (137-77 75th Rd).
Rabbi Menachem Nissel, renowned lecturer and author of the Hebrew and English editions of the highly acclaimed Rigshei Lev: Women and Tefillah (Targum/Feldheim 2001) will speak on “The Battle For The Jewish Home: A Chanukah Story.” Monday, November 18, 8:00 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills. For men and women. Rabbi Nissel 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. Free admission. Donations to Queens JInspire are welcome.
JInspire, which was launched in 2011, is a grassroots organization of communities committed to sharing inspiring Jewish education and spirituality with others, across the spectrum of Jewish affiliation. It is a volunteer-based national initiative, with local affiliates in various Jewish communities across America. Programs include Israel trips for mothers, one to one learning opportunities, and a variety of inspiring educational initiatives, on-line and in person. Programs focus upon personal growth, spirituality, and ethical advancement, to strengthen the family unit. The Queens branch was launched in 2012 with an inaugural mothers’ mission to Israel. For more information, visit jinspire.org.
NYC Council Member James F. Gennaro invites you to a street renaming for Rabbi Dr. H. Joel Laks Way, in memory and honor of Rabbi Laks of blessed memory on Sunday, November 17 at 12:15 p.m., at the corner of Parsons Boulevard and 78th Road. Reception will follow at Congregation Toras Emes, 78-15 Parsons Boulevard in Fresh Meadows. For questions, contact Councilman Gennaro’s office at 718-217-4969.
The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association presents a talk about mortgages and credit for homeowners. We are bombarded daily by information and suggestions affecting our financial wellbeing. When does it make sense to refinance a mortgage? What is the importance of your credit score? How is it compiled by credit reporting agencies? How can your credit score affect your ability to buy a car or remortgage your home? When should a senior citizen consider a reverse mortgage? These and other topics will be addressed by Michael E. Diaz, vice president and product relationship manager of the TD Bank on Main Street, on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:45 p.m. at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150-05 70th Road. Light refreshments will be served.
Havurat Yisrael presents the National Yiddish Theatre—Folksbiene in Lies my Father Told Me Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY. Lies My Father Told Me is a new coming-of-age musical based on the 1975 Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning film. National Premiere. Following three generations in an immigrant family living in Montreal during a xenophobic 1920s, Lies My Father Told Me recounts protagonist David’s childhood memories of the people and occurrences that would shape his life. In English; any use of Yiddish will have English and Russian supertitles. Tickets $45. To order tickets, contact Alicia at Havurat Yisrael, 718-261-5500, or e-mail email@example.com.
On the heels of the booming success of last year, the Avos UBonim Program has resumed once again. The program starts approximately 40 minutes after Shabbos ends (R’T zman), in Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim. The program is aimed for boys ages 5—14. For ages 5—9, the schedule will be half an hour of learning, followed by half an hour of gym, followed by pizza and raffles. For ages 10—14, the schedule will be one hour of learning, followed by half an hour of gym, followed by pizza and raffles. Early comers will get an extra ticket towards the raffle. Visitors are asked to treat the yeshiva with the dignity and respect that it deserves. Remember, it is not a playground! Thanks go to the program directors, Dr. Ari Walfish and Mr. Elisha Hisiger, and to program coordinator Shloimie Pollack. Also, much appreciation to the yeshiva for allowing use of their facilities. Sponsorships are available; please feel free to help out in any way that you can. For any questions, comments, or suggestions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A weekly women’s chaburah will be meeting on Monday nights at 8:30, on 70th Avenue focusing on classic Rambans in the parashah, and a few minutes of machshavah. It is a great way to add a little Torah into a busy week for young wives and moms. If you would like more information, or would like to be on the weekly distribution e-mail, e-mail Lme824@gmail.com.
Save the Date! Congregation Ahavas Yisroel Women’s League invites the KGH community to an Ice Skating Extravaganza on Motzaei Shabbos, November 23. Women, girls, and boys through second grade 7:15-8:45 p.m. Men and older boys 9:00—10:30 p.m. at the Port Washington Skating Center, 70 Seaview Blvd., in Port Washington. Total cost including skates: $5 per person.
Shevach High School is having a pre-Chanukah Carnival for the Queens community this Motzaei Shabbos. November 16. The event, which will include a large array of exciting games and prizes, is for girls of all ages, and for boys up to age 7. Admission is $6 a child, and pizza and cotton candy will be sold separately. A fun time is sure to be had by all at Shevach which is located at 75-09 Main Street.
The 12th annual community wide breakfast honoring the Jaffa Institute will be held on Sunday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Avenue, Hillcrest, NY. The Jaffa Institute has been dedicated to the State of Israel for 31 years as a premier educational and social service institution serving over 4,000 underprivileged youth. The guest speaker will be Dr. David J Portowicz, founder and director. The breakfast chairman is Mark Dayan. The director of international affairs is Dr. Eliyahu Hartman. For more information, or to RSVP, call 718-591-3595.
To Rena Goldman on the petirah of her father, Mr. Unger. HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tziyon v’Yerushalayim.
To Mr. and Mrs. Moishe Itzkowitz on the marriage of their daughter Batsheva, to Zalman Pollack. Mazal tov to grandmother Mrs. Bernice Metzger. 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 email@example.com.