By Chanita Teitz

I read two interesting things online regarding the situation of our boys who were kidnapped. One was a “Dry Bones” cartoon which illustrated that the lukewarm response from around the world about the kidnapping reminds Israel not to be delusional and think that anyone in the world really cares. We have to be reminded that the U.S., the U.N., and others are not really our friends. The other was an e‑mail from Tzipporah Heller which said that we should never despair in any situation no matter how grave it is because we are not alone–Hashem is in charge and He is with us.

I hope that Gilad, Eyal, and Naftali know in their hearts that Klal Yisrael is davening for them. They know how the Jewish world works, that we are one, even with our differences, and they should not be shaken by any propaganda the terrorists might feed them that Israel has forgotten about them and forsaken them.

There have been other comments posted on various sites stating that our Tehillim and our prayers have to come from the heart. A quick recitation of Tehillim isn’t enough. We have to feel the pain of these families deep in our own hearts and really cry out.

We all hope that our tefillos are heard and Hashem will help the Israeli forces find our boys and bring them home unharmed.

Talking about friends of Israel, Mike Huckabee has shown himself to be a true friend of Israel, having visited Israel numerous times in the last 40 years. He is an outspoken advocate for Israel; he spoke at the Knesset on Sunday, visited the Frenkel family, and very forcefully stated that the terrorists will pay dearly if they hurt the boys.

One of the worst comments to come out in some of the media was the blame people placed on the boys for “hitchhiking” at night. No one can comprehend the feeling of safety that Israelis feel living in Israel despite the terrorism. Over 30 years ago, I “tremped” with my children when we went visiting my brothers in the Galil. The bus from Yerushalayim let us off on the highway in the middle of nowhere and we had to wait for a ride. That’s what we did. People stopped for us, and I checked if the men were wearing yarmulkes and then we got into the car, happy to have the ride and feeling perfectly safe traveling with other Jews. Today, hitchhikers have to be more careful as the terrorists dress as religious Jews to trick people into getting into the car. But people still hitchhike and most of the time it is safe because we are one big family.

Blaming the victims and defending the actions of the terrorists is sick. Hashem, please protect us from this mad world.

Past Events

‘Night of Unity and Prayer’ in Queens. On Saturday night, June 21, hundreds of members of the Queens community came together at Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim for a night of unity and prayer on behalf of the three teenagers kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in Israel.

The rosh yeshiva, Rav Doniel Lander, shlita, opened the evening with the call of the gedolei Yisrael to dedicate an hour of Torah learning on erev Shabbos and for the women to accept Shabbos earlier with tefillah to the Ribbono shel Olam.

Tehillim was then recited in unison as the overflow crowd poured their hearts in prayer that the boys return home speedily and in good health.

The event was organized by the renowned Chazaq organization, which is known for its numerous programs in inspiring members throughout the Queens community. Together with the help of several community activists, Chazaq succeeded in gathering all segments of the community for this night of tremendous unity.

Library Update. Two weeks ago, I attended the Town Hall meeting at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills held by the KGH Civic Association to update us on the progress of the library expansion. We were told they were working inside on foundation issues and within the following weeks work on the exterior would resume. Today, as I look out my window, I do see workers on the grounds.

We were shown a computer presentation of the scope of the expansion and how the library will look when completed. In addition to a state-of-the-art interior layout with plenty of space, light, and different sections for every age group, the rooftop will be a “green roof” with plantings that will add both beauty and insulation to the facility, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Aspiring Writer’s Workshops at Ohel Simcha. I also attended the first Women Writer’s Conference at Ohel Simcha. This event was organized by Susie Garber, author and writing teacher. We heard Etka Gittel Schwartz speak on plot and character development and how a story is like a painting expressed with words. The author has to “paint” a visual picture for the reader.

We then joined fiction-writing workshops with Susie Garber and workshops for nonfiction writing for children with Chaviva Pfeiffer. Finally, Rabbi Paysach Krohn spoke on his experience writing the “Maggid” series of books.

Upcoming Events

Young Israel of KGH Shabbos Afternoon Lecture Series. The Women’s League and Education Committee of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills invite all men and women to a lecture by Heshy and Linda Friedman, professors at Brooklyn College and Baruch College, on the topic “Are Jews Funny? Humor in the Tanach and the Talmud.” This lecture will take place on Shabbos afternoon June 28 at 6:15 p.m. in the YIKGH beis midrash.

Chazaq ribbon-cutting ceremony. Sunday, June 29, 1:00—3:00 p.m. at their new office at 141-24 Jewel Avenue, 2nd floor. Community leaders and elected officials will attend.

Queens Jewish Center 71st Anniversary Dinner. The Queens Jewish Center, the first Orthodox synagogue in Forest Hills, will be holding its 71st anniversary dinner on Sunday, June 29 at the White Shul in Far Rockaway. This milestone event will pay tribute to the life of David Berger, a synagogue officer, philanthropist, and Holocaust survivor, who, together with his wife Honey, may she live and be well, was a devoted member of the synagogue for over 60 years. Honored with the Community Service Award are the five Torah teachers of the synagogue: Rabbis Shmuel Gold, Bezalel Ostrow, and Leonard Levy; Mrs. Susan Lieberman; and Mr. Mendel Weiss. Rabbi Simcha Hopkovitz will be installed as the sixth rabbi of the Center, succeeding Rabbi Ben Geiger. Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt, prominent longtime rabbi of the synagogue, passed away last November. Jack R. Nussbaum is the Center president, and the dinner committee consists of Herb Schonhaut, Annette Browdy, Gloria Grossman, and Naomi Nussbaum-Antis.

Chazaq presents Rebbetzin Devorah Kigel at Beit Gavriel Center. Monday night, June 30 at 66-35 108th Street in Forest Hills. For more information, call 646-541-6833.


To Miriam Gunz Josephs on the passing of her father, Peter Gunz.

To Sergey Kadinsky on the passing of his father, Anatoliy Kadinsky.

To the Katz family on the petirah of Mr. Marc Katz.

HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tzion v’Yerushalayim.

Mazal Tov . . .

To Charlie and Linda Cohen on the birth of a daughter. Mazal Tov to the grandparents, Stuart and Eileen Cohen and Jeffrey and Phyllis Stiefel. 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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