By Chanita Teitz

I don’t want to become a crime reporter, but there are updates to the increase of crime in our neighborhood.

Just this week, a female passenger bit her cab driver and stole his wallet on Kissena and 71st.

Also, by now, we have all heard that Mayor de Blasio wants to close Rikers Island, set some criminals free, and put the others in jails in different neighborhoods. It is being proposed that the jail behind the courthouse on 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens will be enlarged and re-opened to house criminals.

It is being proposed that the jail behind the courthouse on 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens will be enlarged and re-opened to house criminals.

There are two meetings scheduled to address this issue. On September 5 at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills at 7:45 p.m., there will be a debate between James Quinn from the Queens District Attorney’s office and Councilman Rory Lancman. On September 26 there will be a meeting at Queens Borough Hall at 6 p.m. to enable the community to speak up. These are two important meetings to attend.

Upcoming Events

Tefillin and mezuzah checking campaign on Sunday, September 2 at 9 a.m. at Congregation Ohr Moshe, 170-16 73rd Avenue, Hillcrest. Presented by Congregation Ohr Moshe in conjunction with Mezuzah, Doctor Reb Moshe Gantz.

Did you know that halachah requires you to check your mezuzos twice every seven years? Did you know that it is strongly recommended to have your tefillin checked twice every seven years? Did you know that the poskim recommend that during Chodesh Elul we check our tefillin and mezuzos? Did you know that if a single letter gets worn or faded, the entire tefillin or mezuzah becomes pasul? Did you know that the protection and mitzvah provided by tefillin and mezuzos are unavailable if they are pasul? Did you know that in the sifrei kodesh we find that kosher mezuzos installed in Jewish homes in the Diaspora also help protect those living in Eretz Yisrael? These days we can all use as much protection as we can get!

We will have a team of sofrim, all certified by Vaad Mishmeres Stam, examining — and repairing, if necessary — your tefillin and mezuzos the entire day. The shul will also have new pre-checked tefillin, mezuzos, and parshiyos, all with the hashgachah of the Vaad Mishmeres Stam, and related items available for sale. The sofrim will be compensated for their professional services only, (on a time basis) and they will not have any financial interest in the sale of any of these replacement items. Bring your children and watch the sofrim in action. The sofrim will take the time to discuss and show any problems they may find.

There will be a checking charge of $95 for a pair of tefillin and $10 per mezuzah. Segirah (smoothing out of the seam in the sealing of the tefillin box for beautification) is optional and will also be available for an additional $65 charge. We will also have the computer program available to check your tefillin. This optional check is done after the sofer completes his check, and it is recommended to be done once in the lifetime of your tefillin. The charge for the computer check is $36 per set of tefillin. We also offer full service where we will come to your home and carefully remove your mezuzos, check them, and carefully replace them for an extra charge of $8 per mezuzah.

Since we expect a large turnout, you are encouraged to make a reservation for your tefillin and mezuzos. This will guarantee that they will be checked first. All the rest will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, and to make your reservation, contact Rabbi Asher Schechter at Rabbi@CongOhrMoshe.org or 718-591-4888.

Chazaq Open House Event, Sunday, August 26. As the summer vacation comes to a close and the school year is quickly approaching, the Chazaq organization is once again ready to get to work and assist any and all families who may be interested in providing their children with a yeshiva education.

As in previous years, Chazaq will be holding a special open house event featuring over a dozen yeshivas showcasing their schools to parents of children in public schools. “This unique open house gives parents the opportunity to meet yeshivas up close and personal, talk to their staff, and ask any questions they may have,” says Yaniv Meirov of Chazaq. “This allows parents to make the best decision for the future of their children.”

With hundreds of public-school children and teens attending Chazaq programs all year round, the open house event opens the doors to the parents of all these students and to any other parents of Jewish public-school students to get a taste of what each yeshiva has to offer.

Baruch Hashem, in the past two years, Chazaq has had tremendous success transferring well over 450 Jewish students from public school to yeshiva. The Chazaq staff is known to be dedicated to the cause and assisting parents in easing the process of finding the proper yeshiva for their children. “It’s truly beautiful teamwork between our PSTY (public school to yeshiva) division run by R’ Efraim Rubinov and his dedicated staff together with the parents of our community; they work hand in hand,” says Yaniv. “Most cases take several months and at times well over a year to see the fruits of our labor. You need to convince the mother that yeshiva is the right decision, then you need to convince the father as well. Once you take care of that, you now need to convince their child to make the switch, as the child is now going to experience a totally new environment. Once that is accomplished, we need to find a yeshiva that is suitable for that child. And if that yeshiva does not accept him/her, then we need to start from scratch. So it’s not as simple as people think. But we are up to the challenge as we have dozens of staff members working around the clock to ensure we give each child an opportunity.”

So what are you waiting for? Stop by Chazaq’s Yeshiva open house event this Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Beth Gavriel Center and enjoy a nice meal while making a decision that will change the life of your child forever.

If you can’t attend the event or if you have a friend or family member interested in a yeshiva education, please contact Chazaq’s PSTY division at 718-285-9132 and ask for a representative to assist you.

13th Annual Labor Day Barbecue in support of Avigdor’s Helping Hand, Sunday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at the Moradi residence, 72 Muriel Avenue in Lawrence, NY. Donation required. Sponsored in memory of Mr. David Kuppermann by Mrs. Ann Kuppermann. Catering by Michael Schick.

Concert in Cunningham Park featuring Ari Goldwag, Wednesday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at 196th Street and Union Turnpike. This concert in the park is sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York City Councilmembers Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman and Barry Grodenchik, as well as the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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 email chanita@astorbrokerage.com. 

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