By Chanita Teitz
Whenever we return from Eretz Yisrael, we are filled with love and inspiration. We brought our granddaughter Shanie with us to Eretz Yisrael and took her and our older Israeli grandchildren around Yerushalayim, the Galil, Yam HaMelach, Kever Rochel, and Me’aras HaMachpela. We got to see everything through eyes of the children—especially Shanie, who was in Israel for the first time.
I expect kids and adults whose only exposure to Eretz Yisrael is through learning Tanach to think of Eretz Yisrael as ancient. How exciting for Shanie when we landed in the beautiful airport and drove to Yerushalayim on a busy highway, past towns and houses and beautiful mountains to see a modern country. And as we made the ascent to Yerushalayim, I explained to her that this is what is meant by making aliyah—not only spiritually, but physically too.
We go up the mountains surrounding Yerushalayim until we are there and see her in all her majesty. The holiest of cities with past and present fused together. We arrived in the early morning, along with rush hour. The thriving, pulsating city awakening with people going to work and children going to school—the same as in any other city and yet different. The air of Yerushalayim is different. The kedushah, the specialness, is there even in the mundane.
We were home again.
Charlie Harary inspires hundreds in Queens. Charlie Harary is an amazing speaker that has traveled all over the country and abroad speaking for organizations, schools, and other institutions on a variety of topics.
On Sunday night, September 29, hundreds of men and women attended Congregation Shaare Tova in Kew Gardens for a special lecture with Charlie Harary. The event was sponsored by the Chazaq organization in conjunction with Eshel Avraham and Yeshiva Ohr Yaeer. Using humor and sarcasm, Charlie spoke about becoming the best person you can be. The event had a great impact on all those who attended. The lecture was dedicated in loving memory of Netzer ben Sara and Yaeer Netzer ben Tziporah.
News From Bais Yaakov
Seventh- and eighth-grade Yom Tefillah. On Tuesday of Aseres Yemei Teshuva, the 7th and 8th grades of Bais Yaakov of Queens convened for a Yom Tefillah. As students in schools across the country recited Minchah and Tehillim, beseeching Hashem for a year of berachah for Am Yisrael, the BYQ girls added their voices and hearts. Mrs. Sarah Bergman, general-studies principal, delivered a heartwarming message to the girls to prepare them for the event. She said, “Each of our positive actions and intentions is meaningful to Hashem and should serve to encourage us to climb higher and higher, one step at a time.”
It is our fervent hope that, in the z’chus of the tefillos of these precious children, Hashem will bless Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael with a good year.
BYQ celebrates students’ creative-writing workshop. Is there a better way to spark students’ creative writing? BYQ’s very own creative writing mentor is Mrs. Susie Garber, noted author and creative-writing curriculum consultant. Mrs. Garber taught at Bais Yaakov for many years and was co-creator with Mrs. Sarah Bergman, general-studies principal at BYQ, of the LIFE program, an educational experience in creative writing for day-school teachers and principals. She continues to mentor BYQ’s creative-writing program, and this year, with the publication of her new book, Befriend, she started with a book talk for the girls.
Last year’s middle-school students yearned for more creative-writing opportunities outside the classroom. Mrs. Bergman and Mrs. Reisbaum, general-studies assistant principal, invited the students to a Writers’ Lunch Club. During their lunchtime, these students brought their lunch and developed the most amazing pieces of creative writing! At the end of the year, they celebrated together, sharing their writing and creative pieces. Some of the pieces were published in the school newspaper. One student’s work was published in Bina Magazine!
There have only been a few days of school, and the BYQ creative writers have asked to continue the lunch workshop. Can you imagine such devoted students? “We thought we had a few students who were interested in taking advantage of this program, but Susie helps nurture their creative spirits here when they are young writers. The group was packed when they heard of it. Mrs. Reisbaum and I knew we had to start immediately so everyone would get the chance to share in the opportunity,” said Mrs. Bergman.
The book talk was a hit! The girls listened and watched the presentation, captivated by Mrs. Garber’s soft voice and great tale. They followed with deep questions, wanting to know more about becoming an author. Everyone is looking forward to beginning the workshop following Sukkos.
Condolences to Mrs. Phyllis Lisker on the petirah of her brother R’ Akiva (Kiva) Schor. Shivah will be observed as follows: Until Thursday morning, October 3, Mrs. Lisker will be sitting in Silver Spring, Md; and from Thursday afternoon through motzaei Shabbos, at the home of Meshulam Lisker, 72-42 137th Street (718-575-1200).
Mazal Tov . . .
To Mr. and Mrs. Uriel Sionov and Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Yagudaev on the marriage of their children Moshe and Bracha.
To Dr. and Mrs. Menachem Walfish on the bar mitzvah of their son Yona.
To Mr. and Mrs. Ushie Shapiro on the bar mitzvah of their son Shaya.
To Rabbi and Mrs. Ophie Nat on the bar mitzvah of their son Aron. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.