By Chanita Teitz


Israel is headed to another election because Netanyahu has failed to put together a coalition. The right-wing religious parties and Lieberman’s party are stuck in not being able to compromise on the draft bill. Both sides stay glued to their respective positions.

I watched a short and inspiring video yesterday of chassidim dancing with soldiers. I don’t know where this was or what the occasion was, but the religious soldiers got pulled into the inner circle with the Rebbe and some men. This is a pleasant contrast to stories you read of soldiers being thrown out of shuls or yeshivas.

This video begs the question: if we can dance with soldiers and respect their service, why can’t we just compromise on a draft bill that would allow for both — learning for those who are dedicated to learning and service in the army for those who are prepared to serve? Nachal Charedi has grown and has shown how dedicated the soldiers are. They have been involved in some dangerous and courageous missions and have received commendations. Why can’t Avigdor Lieberman and the chareidi parties compromise?

BYQ Inspiring Reading

Bais Yaakov of Queens fourth-grade eager readers

Bais Yaakov of Queens fourth-grade students are inspired readers! In the beginning of the year, Mrs. Bashevkin’s class began a 20-book challenge, a class contest in which each girl is challenged to read 20 books of different genres over the course of the year. For each book or 150 pages read, they complete a book link, creating a chain of hard work on display in the classroom. While they are working toward the class goal, they are also building a class community, rooting for each other, and performing daily computations to figure out how many book links are needed each day in order to reach their next goal.

With this program, girls have expanded their pleasure reading to include nonfiction, historical fiction, poetry, fantasy, mystery, and other genres. They are discovering the world of books open to them they may not have realized before that they actually enjoy.

The class’s latest goal is 1,150 book links for the year, and considering that they already have 1,025, as well as seeing their motivation and determination, the girls are definitely on track to achieve this goal in addition to the many they’ve already accomplished.

BYQ fourth-graders learned how the respiratory system works

BYQ Fourth-Graders Explore Lung Power

To learn more about how the respiratory system works, BYQ’s fourth-graders simulated a lung. Inside a bottle, the lung was a balloon, the trachea was a straw, and the diaphragm muscle was a cut balloon. When Mrs. Schochet’s students pulled down on the “muscle,” the “lung” expanded and filled with air! When the muscle was released or pressed up, the air went out of the balloon, and the “lung” deflated. The girls gained appreciation for HaKadosh Baruch Hu’s marvelous creation of our respiratory system. The lesson continued with a STEM project in which the girls made balloon-powered cars.

Bnos Malka Math Tournament

Bnos Malka Academy hosted their annual Michael & Irina Kimyagarov Math Tournament

Bnos Malka Academy hosted its annual Michael & Irina Kimyagarov Math Tournament for grades 7 and 8. The girls competed individually and as teams, solving complex math problems. After each round, the girls had an opportunity to share their responses and solve some of the work together with the facilitator, Mrs. Irina Kimyagarov. All schools went home with trophies, celebrating their successes. Congratulations to all of the girls on a job well done!

Winners of the Team Competitions:

  • 1st Place: HALB
  • 2nd Place: Shulamith
  • 3rd Place: Bnos Malka Academy

Winners of the Individual Competitions:

1st place:

  • Elizabeth Naiman (HALB)
  • Leah Aronov (Bnos Malka Academy)
  • Kira Klayman (HALB)

2nd Place:

  • Miriam Schreier (Shulamith)
  • Elisheva Kalitizadeh (Bnos Malka Academy)
  • Shira Ellenberg (HALB)
  • Michal Shlomo (Bnos Malka Academy)
  • Daniella Weingarten (HALB)
  • Hodaya Zerbib (Bnos Malka Academy)
  • Kayla Wang (HALB)

Chazaq Does Everything, From A–Z

As its two middle letters attest, Chazaq does everything humanly and heavenly possible to raise the Jewish people from A to Z. From afterschool programming to global events, women’s programming to Shabbatons, Jewish school advocacy to publishing, media and radio content to lifesaving support system, Chazaq literally does everything A–Z!

But Chazaq cannot do it without you. We need your partnership to help serve our people A–Z. We need you to give, give strong, give A–Z for the present and future of our people.

On June 4–5, to make the A–Z Revolution a reality, Chazaq is launching a global A–Z Charidy campaign. The A–Z campaign will help support the A–Z programs, services, and offerings that Chazaq provides every single day. Together, the community will raise $1,500,000 in 36 hours to empower and fuel Chazaq from “awesome” to the “zenith!”

Thank G-d, generous donors will match each donation given. So every dollar you give will be tripled. One dollar equals three dollars!

By giving A–Z you are giving much more than money. You are giving thousands of Jews the gift of their tradition and education, saving futures and building eternality. Together, more than raising funds, we are raising the Jewish family from A–Z!

Thank you for giving Chazaq. Thank you for giving A–Z.

Chazaq Holds Yarchei Kallahs With 17 Speakers

By Shabsie Saphirstein

Many spent the morning of Memorial Day learning how best to spend their time in the workplace. Dina d’malchusa dina is a forever evolving field. Rabbi Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad, Halachah Center, spoke on how to abide by the correct halachic code in correlation to the law of the land. Rav Boruch Goldstein, rav of the host shul, Khal Ner L-Meiah, discussed the intricacies of showering on yom tov and other details of rechitzah and regel. The Kabbalas HaTorah was felt by the words of HaRav Avraham Schorr of Cong. Nezer Gedalyahu. Thanks to Chazaq event coordinator Mr. Robbie Aboff for livestreaming this shiur.

Chazaq’s legal holiday learning series continued with another simultaneous Brooklyn marathon in conjunction with BJX, the Brooklyn Jewish Experience. The day of unity was off to a remarkable start with Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer, mara d’asra, BJX, followed by world-renowned lecturer Rabbi Daniel Mechanic.

Rabbi Yaakov Rahimi, a rebbe in Chazaq’s teen division, enthralled the audience with pointers on how not to get distracted by the struggles we face in our everyday lives. Rabbi Moshe Fingerer, executive director, BJX, continued the inspiration along with the energy of Rabbi Yehoshua Zitron and rav of Derech Emet Torah Center, Rabbi Yosef Palacci. Thanks to TorahAnytime for livestreaming this experience.

Legal holidays are often a time to relax and spend time with family. Nonetheless, a Memorial Day of Torah was held at Chazaq’s Yeshiva Gedolah Beis Nosson Meir for the Queens community featuring our rosh ha’yeshiva, Rav Ahron Walkin, director Rav Ilan Meirov, assistant director Rabbi Rafael Baruch Zevulunov, alongside other prominent rabbanim, including: Rabbi Shay Tahan, Rabbi Menashe Tzadka, Rabbi Yigal Haimoff, and Rabbi Nerya Aminov who helped not only continue counting the days of the Omer but to truly make the days count. A note of hakaras ha’tov is extended to TorahAnytime for livestreaming this marathon.

While this event is one of hundreds of community-wide events Chazaq organizes throughout the year, nevertheless Chazaq’s main focus remains on inspiring hundreds of Jewish public school students throughout the New York area.

For more information on Chazaq’s vast array of programming please contact or call 718-285-9132.

Shevach’s 2019 STEM Class Excels

On Sunday, May 19, Shevach High School’s STEM class presented their engineering projects at CIJE Innovation Day. This exciting interschool competition at Bell Works in New Jersey included over 1,400 students from 45 different Jewish schools from across the United States. After setting up their projects, students met with the judges and explained the technology and processes that they used to build their products.

The 2019 Shevach STEM students — Esty Altman, Neshama Fedowitz, Rivka Finkel, Hadassah Gottesman, Dina Kiffel, Tamar Mayer, Nechama Ribowsky, Neira Rosenbaum, and Leah Scheiner — worked in three teams to develop an improved baby gate, shoes that can assist the blind in navigating city streets, and a device called “The Parker Pointer” for automobiles. All three projects incorporated coding and sensor technology. Since there were close to 480 projects that were submitted, and approximately 24 awards that were presented, Shevach was thrilled that “The Parker Pointer” won one of those awards: third place in the Yeshiva University-sponsored Student Choice Award category.

Guidance throughout the school year came from Mrs. Paula Berger, whose knowledge and commitment to the program encouraged her students in the STEM class to perform their best and actively engage in the CIJE Innovation Day experience. The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) is a nonprofit organization providing STEM resources to schools that expose students to multiple STEM problem-solving perspectives and hands-on technical skills that scientists and engineers would use toward solving real-world problems.

Here’s what some of the Shevach STEM students had to say about their experience:

“I was so excited to be part of something so big!”

“The course was phenomenal … I never imagined I could invent something or program something … now there is no end to what I can accomplish if I pour my mind and hard work into it.”

“I loved that it was a hands-on course.”

“It was so cool to see what teenagers were able to come up with!”

“It felt so good to be the innovator … I hadn’t realized how much I had absorbed until my project was complete. It was an amazing feeling.”

“I got to meet different people who took the same course as me even though they live hours away…”

“I feel so capable now that I know how to make circuits and how to code [and] I learned how to get past issues we ran into while working on the project.”

“This course taught me patience, team-building, and appreciation for science and computers.”

Congratulations to all of the Shevach STEM students, Mrs. Paula Berger, and Shevach associate principal, Mrs. Nechama Mirsky, for an outstanding year of achievement in the field of engineering.

Upcoming Events

The Rosh Chodesh Amen Group, in memory of Pearl Beylus, a’h, cordially invites all women Tuesday, June 4, Rosh Chodesh Sivan, at 8 a.m. Young Israel of Hillcrest, upstairs, 169-07 Jewel Ave. Berachos start at 8:15; beautiful Hallel at 9 a.m. Berachos party and dvar Torah to follow. Come and be inspired. Bring a friend or two … they will thank you.

Annual Dr. Simon Lopata Shavuot Forum, Monday, June 10 (7 Sivan 5779) following Minchah at 7:15 p.m. at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. For men, women, and teenagers of the community. The topic for discussion will be “Antisemitism Today: How Bad Is It?” Presenters: David Steinberg (Brooklyn-Queens president, NORPAC) “The Political Arena”; Cynthia Zalisky (executive director, QJCC), “The Media”; Bracha Erlich (engineering student at City College), “On the College Campus.” Moderator: Rabbi Stuart Verstandig.

Queens JEP Testimonial Breakfast, Sunday, June 16 at 9 a.m. at Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Avenue.

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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