By Chanita Teitz

The peacock is home! I called the agriculture department at John Bowne High School and they told me he is safe and sound. I wrote last week that I didn’t get an opportunity to see him. My daughter, who has been in the country for the past few weeks, told me on Shabbos that the peacock spent some time in her backyard and on her front porch. She didn’t see him either, but her neighbors kept her informed.

The thief who stole the silver objects from the Young Israel of Queens Valley was caught. Thanks to the detectives of the 107th Precinct, they traced him and the objects to a pawn shop in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the silver was not recovered.

I also spoke to Leah Katz of Brach’s who told me that she and her store manager spent hours looking through the video surveillance tapes to get the best footage of the thief who stole a customer’s purse. Their diligence will hopefully pay off, but as of Monday this thief hasn’t been caught.

Past Events
On Sunday night, September 2, hundreds from the Queens community were once again privileged to hear an inspiring and moving Chazaq lecture about “How To Get Into The Book Of Life,” from Charlie Harary at the Beth Gavriel Center in Forest Hills. Harary, CEO of H3 Capital LLC, a private equity company based in New York, also serves as associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at the Syms School of Business in Yeshiva University. He lectures on behalf of many Jewish organizations across the world and has reached hundreds of thousands of people with his enlightening messages. For more information about upcoming Chazaq events and programs please call 718-285-9132 or e-mail

Upcoming Events
A new Gemara shiur will be given every Sunday morning by Rabbi Daniel Glatstein, at K’hal Toras Emes, 78-15 Parsons Blvd. Shacharis will be at 8:00 a.m. followed by the shiur at approximately 8:40 a.m. A full breakfast will be served.

“Get Ready for Rosh Hashanah” is the topic of an inspirational evening featuring Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum and Rav Mordechai Aderet sponsored by Chazaq. The program will take place on Sunday night, September 9 at Yeshiva Ohel Simcha, 141-41 72nd Avenue in Flushing, at 8:00 p.m. Men and women are welcome. Admission is free. This event is dedicated for the refuah sheleimah of Rabbi Igal ben Yael. For more information call 917-435-7158 or e-mail

The Jewish Heritage Center of Kew Gardens Hills is having a special Rosh Hashanah beginner’s minyan where you can not only pray but also discover the meaning and relevance of the High Holiday prayers. For more information e-mail or call 888-458-3247.

Mazal Tov
To Brad and Jennifer Martin on the recent bar mitzvah of their son Shaya.

To Dovi and Debra Popowitz on the birth of their daughter, Kayla. Mazal tov to the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Popowitz of KGH and Mr. and Mrs. Abe Schwartbard of New Jersey. Greatgrandparents are Cantor David and Ceil Rosenzweig of Forest Hills.

Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage, with offices in Kew Gardens Hills and Fresh Meadows. For all your real-estate needs in Queens, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail


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