The Krula Rebbe making Havdallah in Kew Gardens Hills as Yehuda Sokol holds the candle.
The Krula Rebbe making Havdallah in Kew Gardens Hills  as Yehuda Sokol holds the candle.
The Krula Rebbe making Havdallah in Kew Gardens Hills
as Yehuda Sokol holds the candle.

By Chanita Teitz

I was going to write something else this week but just now, as I’m writing, I heard that there was a stabbing on 72nd Drive. I have very few details, just that the perpetrator was reported to be a black male and was wearing a mask. The victim was taken to the hospital.

From the little that I have heard, there were helicopters, police cars, and fire trucks on the block, but I didn’t hear or see a thing myself. My desk is right up against a big picture window overlooking Main Street, so it’s hard to believe that I didn’t hear anything.

So far it doesn’t seem that the motive was robbery, which leaves me wondering why anyone would stab someone for no reason. A random, senseless stabbing is disheartening for us who live in our quiet, relatively safe neighborhood.

Years ago, Kew Gardens Hills had a citizen’s patrol. Maybe it’s time to organize one again.

Past Events

Bnos Malka bas mitzvah breakfast. When a girl reaches the age of bas mitzvah it is a momentous occasion in her life as well in the lives of parents. Each year, Bnos Malka celebrates this milestone with a breakfast and program dedicated to the girls and their mothers. Rabbi Michael Weichselbaum, the menahel at BMA, highlighted that the class has many girls, each with her own personality and talents, yet they form a single entity. “The Menorah that stood in the Mishkan was formed from one solid piece of gold. From its singular base it then branched out into individual branches all pointing towards the center. It is our goal that as the girls develop their unique personalities, they remember our singular point of origin and focus on growth in Torah, mitzvos, and middos tovos.”

The annual bas mitzvah breakfast always includes a chesed component, which this year is medical clowning. After some professional instruction, the girls are now prepared to spread some cheer to those at local assisted-living residences. The girls enjoyed the breakfast with their mothers and performed zany dances dressed in their clown costumes.

Mrs. Shuly Zuckerman, the assistant principal of the middle school, was quick to note, “The celebration extends to the school as well. We have witnessed them grow from little girls into confident young women.”

Upcoming Events

On Sunday, March 2, the New York Blood Center will have a blood drive at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park, 264-15 77th Avenue, 8:45 a.m.—2:45 p.m. Free breakfast and babysitting is available for all donors. Prizes and giveaways donated by local merchants. Eligibility criteria: bring valid ID; minimum weight 110 lb.; age 16—75 (16-year-olds must have parental permission, over 75 years needs doctor’s note), eat well (low-fat) and drink fluids, and no tattoos for the past 12 months. For medical questions concerning blood donations, call 1-800-688-0900. So that all donors can be accommodated, please make an appointment by calling Joe Varon 718-552-6449 to minimize wait time.

Sunday, March 2, 8:30 p.m. the Chazaq women’s division proudly presents Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi discussing “The Secret to Real Happiness.” $15 in advance and $20 at the door; VIP and preferred seating available in advance. Location: Yeshiva Ohel Simcha 141-41 72nd Avenue, Flushing NY 11367. For more information or to reserve seats, please call or text 646-541-6833 or 917-617-3636; e-mail

B’KAVOD innovative programming for seniors and their families invites our community elders to a social adult day program every Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. at Cong. Degel Israel, Kew Gardens Hills (Rabbi Sheinfeld 68th Dr., Main Street entrance). For more, call 646-543-9818 or e-mail

Sunday, March 30, The Big Chazaq Event II. Featuring great music, entertainment, and world-renowned lecturers Charlie Harary, Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, and Rabbi Paysach Krohn. Location: Forest Hills High School, 67-01 110 St., Queens, NY 11375. Door opens 6:30 p.m. Event begins 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $25, $36, $52, VIP. To order tickets, call or text 917-617-3636 or 646-541-6833. E-mail or visit Limited sponsorships available proceeds go toward Chazaq outreach programs. The Big Chazaq Event II is a night of unity, inspiration, and unforgettable memories! They are looking forward to having over 1,000 plus people at this event. They offer sponsorship ads in the booklet, tickets to the event, and much more.

JBD, The Jewish Business Development and Networking Group. Business professionals and owners are invited to a networking breakfast on Wednesday, March 5t, 7:45 a.m. Arrive as early as 7:30 to start networking. E-mail to RSVP and get the exact location of the meeting. RSVP to This meeting is not intended for those seeking employment opportunities.

Nusach Carlebach davening. The Nusach Carlebach davening, usually held on Shabbos Mevorchim, will be held Friday evening, Parashas Vayikra, March 7 in honor of the bar mitzvos of Chili Rothberg of K.G.H. and Shmuel Meir Rosenblatt of L.A. (Rabbi Rosenblatt’s grandchildren). Nusach Carlebach davening will be held at Yeshiva Kesser Torah, 72-11 Vleigh Place. Minchah 5:45 p.m. Davening will conclude about 7:00 p.m. Men and women are welcome! 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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