By Chanita Teitz

YCQ Parent-Child Selichot Program With Rabbi Shmuel Marcus

As we approach the beginning of a new school year at Yeshiva of Central Queens, parents and students attended the annual Selichot program on motzaei Shabbat, September 2. Rabbi Shmuel Marcus of Young Israel of Queens Valley spoke to the participants about the importance of the Yomim Tovim and how Selichot reconnects us to the significance of second chances. Rosh Hashanah is a chance to ask for forgiveness, to forgive, to begin again with a fresh start and a clean slate.

The timing of Selichot was perfect as the students were just days away from the start of a new academic year. Rabbi Marcus told them, they have a chance to start over, make changes, and grow in their closeness to Hashem. During the recitation of Selichot, we focus on the Thirteen Attributes, which gives us a guideline that we can incorporate into our everyday lives. A powerful and inspiring Selichot davening was led by JHS Assistant Principal, Rabbi Moshe Hamel. The month of Elul is a time to focus not just on saying the words but taking an active role in reflecting these attributes at home, at school, and in Klal Yisrael. Though our choices are not always the best ones, reflecting on other ways we could have acted or handled difficult situations or complicated problems, offers an opportunity for us to strive to grow spiritually by asking forgiveness and working towards becoming better people and better Jews. It opens our eyes to understanding and accepting our responsibility in our choices and seeing Hashem’s mercy and love towards us.

Turning Yom Kippur Into A Life-Changing Experience

Chazaq, Ner Mordechai, Emet, Renewal, Tiferet Torah, Richard & Lena Harris Foundation & Caring Professionals proudly present Rabbi YY Jacobson, speaking about “Turning Yom Kippur Into A Life-Changing Experience,” Thursday September 13, 8 p.m. Free admission! Men and women are welcome! Free parking in parking lot. Congregation Ner Mordechai, Mesivta Tiferet Torah, 82-33 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens. For more information, call 718-285-9132, info@Chazaq.org or visit CHAZAQ.org.

Cantor Robert Vegh Officiates At Queens Jewish Center 

Queens Jewish Center, located at 108th Street in Forest Hills, NY once again engaged Cantor Robert Vegh of Lawrence, N.Y. to officiate Selichos (September 1) and for the High Holidays. Cantor Vegh had truly inspired those who attended services led by him in the past years at some of the largest congregations in the N.Y. area, including the White Shul in Far Rockaway, Kingsway Jewish Center, and Avenue N Jewish Center in Brooklyn, and Aderet El in Manhattan.

What separates Cantor Vegh from his peers is his knowledge of traditional nusach and hazanut and fully at home with nigunim and congregational compositions. The entire community was invited to begin their High Holidays by joining Cantor Vegh to attend Selichos on Saturday evening September 1.

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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