q2By Chanita Teitz

Last week, I mentioned the crime that occurred near Main Street last Monday. Some people thought that I shouldn’t have mentioned it because people would get the impression that Kew Gardens Hills is a dangerous neighborhood. Rest assured, it isn’t dangerous. We are a relatively low-crime area. But it was something that people were aware of and were talking about.

It’s important that we don’t become complacent just because these things don’t happen often. We still need to be vigilant. It takes all of us together to be each other’s eyes and ears. If you see something suspicious, like a package lying around or a person loitering, report it.

Let’s work together to keep our neighborhood safe!

Speaking about safety, the situation in Ukraine has gotten very dangerous for Jews. The bloodthirsty anti-Semites of Europe are once again fomenting their hatred with slogans of “kill the Jews.” And they’re acting on it.

Often we ask why the nations hate the Jews. Where does this anti-Semitism come from? Recently, Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post said it well in an interview with Yonasan Rosenblum: “If the Jews exist, G‑d exists.” The leftists and liberals of the world have to deny the existence of G‑d in order to do whatever they want. All criminals, even political criminals, don’t want to be accountable to anyone. The continued existence of the Jews is recognized as so miraculous that there is no other explanation for it but that G‑d exists and watches over us. And so they hate us.

Refuah Sheleimah

There has been an outpouring of Tehillim being said for several cholim in our area and it is wonderful when we hear that they are doing better. There have also been Tehillim groups davening for the Gross boys in Israel and for little Faygee Rosenstock, who is in very critical condition. Hashem should grant a refuah sheleimah to all the cholim.

Past Events

Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi at Chazaq. On Sunday night, March 2, hundreds of women packed Yeshiva Ohel Simcha in Kew Gardens Hills for a special Chazaq event with the renowned Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi. As a speaker, she exudes a phenomenal energy. Her words tumble forth almost without pause for breath, a torrent of care and concern, warmth and humor, and all with an Israeli straightforwardness that is immediately engaging. A mother, qualified lawyer, and the granddaughter of the former Chief Rabbi of Morocco, Rabbanit Mizrachi has a unique ability to present profound Torah teachings in a practical, down-to-earth manner, showing their deep relevance to life. The topic of the lecture was “The Secret to Real Happiness.” The event was advertised as “An Electrifying Night for Women Only” and the event surely was!

Bais Yaakov of Queens, Banking Its Berachos! Step into the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens and marvel at its transformation to a TD Bank, the ToDa BYQ Brochos Bank! It’s worth a trip down to Bais Yaakov to visit; the decorative entranceway is fantastic.

The Bank is a two-week berachos campaign aimed at focusing on the middah of hakaras ha’tov, appreciation, and then applying it to the children’s berachos. In daily lessons given by their “bank teller” teachers, all sporting a ToDa Brochos Bank tie, the girls learn about recognizing and appreciating the daily gifts Hashem bestows upon us. They are also learning about appreciating the people in their lives. The girls will focus on the source and meaning of their berachos, learning how to make their berachos properly and the importance of saying amen.

On Monday, the entire first through eighth grades gathered for a special introductory assembly. Rabbi Gewirtz addressed the girls, and a very funny and educational teacher’s play entitled “Making Your Blessings Count” followed. The eighth-graders presented the program theme song, under the guidance of Morah Nechama Jurkowitz, and taught it to the students.

Each student received a TD Bank pamphlet filled with an ATM–Appreciating Today’s Miracles–Booklet, a $100 bill “thank-you” notepad for 100 berachos a day, a TD Bank Card reminding the girls to “Give Hashem the Credit,” and a ToDa BYQ Brochos Bank pen.

Parents were informed about the program and asked to encourage their daughters to say their berachos out loud, slowly, have someone say Amen, and fill out their daily deposit slips. The slips are collected and deposited into the TD Bank Safe Deposit Box. Morah Elisa Taub coordinated the program and staff, parents, and students all helped. Their collective work will surely make the program a blessed success.

Upcoming Events

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 Cheeli 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!

Avos Ubonim Melaveh Malkah. This Motzaei Shabbos, March 8, at Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rabbi Yehuda Deutch. The Twins will be performing. Food by Carlos and Gabby’s. Popcorn, raffles, door prizes, and a grand prize Shas!

B’kavod. Innovative Programming for Seniors and their Families invites 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). Next Wednesday, March 12, 1:00 p.m. discussion on “Keeping Old Friends, Making New Ones.” Studies show that socialization improves one’s physical and mental health. But it’s not always so easy; challenges like the loss of a spouse, a dear friend, or perhaps a physical limitation can make it difficult. Join B’Kavod for an interesting discussion group in a relaxed setting, dealing with the issues of friendships and relationships. The facilitator will be Rosa Roberts, LCSW, a consultant to the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. For more information, call 646-543-9818 or e-mail bkavod@gmail.com.

The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association. Whether you have just a little organizing to do or a whole lot of clutter, this event is for you. Wednesday, March 19, 8:00 p.m. at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Learn easy tips and methods for organizing your home. Break down goals into manageable steps. Minimize clutter. Ideas for productive ways to discard unwanted items. And more . . . Come and get great tips from professional organizer and lecturer Debbie Ginsberg from Uncluttered Domain. Free admission; light refreshments will be served. For more information or questions, please e-mail kghcivic@yahoo.com. FYI: The new website for the Kew Gardens Hills eiruv is kgheruv.com. 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 chanita@astorbrokerage.com.


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