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By Chanita Teitz

As I began writing this week’s column, I heard about the fire at Towne Variety on Main Street. Towne Variety is one of the oldest businesses on Main Street, located in the same store for over 50 years. Towne Variety is more than just a hardware store. Everyone in the neighborhood, including me, shopped in Towne for everything from toys and school supplies to gifts and household items.

It seems that the fire was caused by an electrical problem and quickly spread throughout the store. Smoke was billowing, engulfing Main Street. Baruch Hashem, everyone in the store got out and all the stores nearby were evacuated for everyone’s safety.

We all hope that Sam and Beverly Goldberger, proprietors of Towne Variety, will be able to reopen the store, a true Kew Gardens Hills landmark.

Past Events

Chazaq hosts Children’s Extravaganza. February 8 was a cold and windy Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop hundreds of children from attending Chazaq’s special extravaganza featuring Uncle Moishy and the Mitzvah Men at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. This was Uncle Moishy’s second performance for Chazaq this year and he got the children (and parents!) standing and cheering as he sang some of his big hits. “It was a nice way to warm up the family during this brutally cold winter,” said Dina, a mother of three from the neighborhood. Chazaq is known for its wide variety of programs targeting all segments of the Jewish population in Queens and inspiring thousands since its inception in 2006. For more information about Chazaq programs, visit or e‑mail

BYQ Science Fair. Last week, Bais Yaakov held its annual science fair, an exciting evening for sixth- and seventh-grade students and their families. The fair took place in the school’s huge gym, and the display of projects was magnificent. Rabbi Mordechai Gewirtz, dean, welcomed all of the parents and students to the school’s annual event. Mrs. Sarah Bergman, general studies principal, addressed the parents with the following insight: “Through the process of this experience, our students’ interests, curiosities, and desire to explore the mysteries Hashem infused into our world are stimulated. Our outstanding science staff partner with our students to guide them through this exploration, and tonight’s display is the celebration of this learning process.”

Bais Yaakov science fair mentors, which include Mrs. Sharon Erlbaum, Mrs. Hedva Kessler, and the science fair coordinator, Mrs. Diane Gruber, believe the science fair is an invaluable experience to promote unique opportunities for teachers to work with students individually. The girls are closely mentored and are provided with real experiences and methods by which all scientific knowledge has been and is still being gathered. The entire process is to learn, understand, develop skills in communicating both verbally and in writing, interpretation, and analysis of data, and how to complete long-range projects. The objective is to foster independence in the student by providing the opportunity for them to take initiative and responsibility in studying a topic for their own learning. Observing the teachers’ and students’ pride in the work the girls displayed is evidence of the success of all of their goals.

Mrs. Karen Reisbaum, assistant principal, always behind the scenes as she took pictures of everyone, reported how exciting it was to see parents who themselves have stood in this gym with their own show boards. “The tradition and standard of excellence continue at Bais Yaakov of Queens,” she said.

Mrs. Gruber made reference to the winners, listed below, who will be entered into the Inter-Yeshiva Science Congress competition later this year. Mazal tov to all of the girls, as they are all winners, and we look forward to hearing of their hatzlachah in the upcoming competition.

The winners and their topics were Liora Karshigi, Grand Prize, coleoptiles; Tova Halberstam, 1st Prize, genetics; Shira Sklar, 1st Prize, genetics; Bryndel Wurem, 1st Prize, genetics; Chana Acobas, 1st Prize, human memory; Avigail Goldberg, 1st Prize, human memory; Michal Jehudaiov, 1st Prize, human memory; Ruti Levy, 1st Prize, optical illusions; Ahuva Kazarnovsky, 1st Prize, optical illusions; Avigail Razi, 2nd Prize, bacteria; Simi Sauer, 2nd Prize, CSI; Rochel Brocha Fatakhov, 2nd Prize, medicines; Shoshana Weiner, 3rd Prize, the heart; Esther Leah Moskovitz, 3rd Prize, the heart; Yael Sommers, 3rd Prize, rockets; Hadassah Hochster, 1st Prize, sound; Rachel Willig, 1st Prize, sound; Ettie Langer, 3rd Prize, airplanes; Ruchama Radner, 3rd Prize, airplanes.

Upcoming Events

Anshei Kodesh Carlebach-style minyan.Rosh Chodesh Adar, Friday morning, at 8:00 a.m. Located at 144-35 71st Rd., basement of Shaarei Teshuva. There is a women’s section.

Crime Prevention Fair. The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association and Captain Paul Valerga, the commanding officer of the 107th Precinct, coordinated the event to be held on Sunday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. inside the 107th Precinct, located at 71-01 Parsons Blvd. Come meet the 107th Precinct Crime Prevention Officer and the officers from the Crime Prevention Task Force. They will be on hand to answer all questions and explain the free programs that the NYPD offers to the residents of our neighborhood. ID registration of all electronic devices with the NYPD in case of loss or theft; auto-theft programs including registration of your car with the NYPD for the hours that you drive or the age of the operator; burglary prevention lecture; fraud prevention lecture; and bicycle registration will be offered at this event.

Chevi Garfinkel “Dance of Hope and Acceptance.” Rosh Chodesh Adarshiur on February 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the Young Israel of Holliswood, 86-25 Francis Lewis Blvd.

Avos u’Banim Grand Finale Melaveh Malkah. It’s pretty unbelievable how a program that started with 20 kids six years ago has grown to over 160! Baruch Hashem, the avos u’banim program has taken off like never before. It used to be called the Yeshiva Ohr HaChaim Avos u’Banim, but with the help of Mrs. Toby Moskovits, in honor of her father’s memory, it has been expanded and now it is the Queens Avos u’Banim because it is the largest motzaei Shabbos learning program in Queens.

We live in a society with the most advanced technology and the fact that boys are coming on a motzaeiShabbos to learn instead of staying home watching TV or playing games is fantastic. ‎And it doesn’t make a difference what the weather is; the kol Torah of Avos u’Banim is being heard every motzaei Shabbos.

The melaveh malkah will take place motzaeiShabbos, February 28, iy’H. There will be prizes and refreshments. A big yasher koach to the director, Rabbi Reuven Kesherim.

Queens Jewish Center of Forest Hills to host Rabbi Paysach Krohn. Over the course of the weekend of Shabbos Parashas Ki Sisa (March 6–7), Rabbi Krohn will address the community three times. Rabbi Krohn will speak at Friday-night dinner (reservations required; $30 per person.), Shabbos morning in the main shul, and following Minchah.

Rebbetzin Holly Pavlov at Toras Emes Synagogue. 78-15 Parsons Blvd., Kew Gardens Hills. March 9, 8:00 p.m. Special boutique open at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. $10 suggested donation.

Big Chazaq Event III Sunday night, March 15 at the Colden Center in Queens College.

The first two Big Events were filled to capacity at the auditorium in Forest Hills High School as over 1,000 men and women were inspired by the words of wisdom imparted by Rabbi Paysach Krohn, Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, and Charlie Harary. In addition, the crowd was treated to entertainment by an illusionist and world-renowned singers.

This year, due to popular demand, the aforementioned speakers will once again enlighten us with their words of chizuk and a special musical performance presented by EG Production and the Yosis Orchestra will feature Avraham Fried. In addition, internationally acclaimed mentalist, Marc Salem, known for dazzling audiences around the world, will make a special appearance.

Although this year’s venue holds double the capacity as the previous years, seats are going fast, so reserve your spot before it’s too late. Tickets may be purchased at, by calling 917-617-3636, or by e‑mailing Limited sponsorships and dedications are available. Proceeds of the event go towards Chazaq’s numerous outreach programs.

Mazal Tov . . .

To our cousins Shayna and Mutty Saltzman of Kew Gardens Hills on the birth of a son.

To my mother-in-law, Rebbetzin G. Teitz, and the entire extended family on the engagement of a great-grandson. 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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