By Chanita Teitz
I had a “feel good” moment last week that really made my day when I realized that I managed to take care of my grandchildren, three kids under the age of 5, from Motzaei Shabbos Chanukah until last Wednesday morning while my son and daughter in law were in Israel.
Don’t grandparents joke that when we get tired we can send the kids home? (I told them that when Bubbie gets tired, they have to go to sleep.) As much as we love them dearly, we need our space and peace and quiet. But I managed through three days and four nights! I even ran up and down the stairs many more times than I usually do for missing blankets, bottles, pacifiers, hair clips, yarmulkes, and shoes.
Not only did I manage supper, bath, and bedtime, but they woke up at the crack of dawn. There was dressing, feeding, and packing lunches and snacks. And everyone got off to playgroup and kindergarten on time!
I’ve had grandchildren overnight before, when their mothers went to the hospital to have a new baby or just for a special overnight with Bubbie and Zaidie. But three at once for four nights—Wow!
On Wednesday night, the house was unusually quiet and we really missed them. “Who wants to come to Bubbie’s house for Shabbos?”
A while back I mentioned in this column that Michael Rollhaus of KGH was climbing the stairs of the Azrielli Tower in Israel to raise money for One Israel Fund to help build a shul in Itamar. Well the champion climber has done it again! Congratulations, Michael, and keep climbing to greater and greater heights!
Floreva Cohen, noted author of Sneakers to Shul, Before Shabbat Begins, and My Special Friend visited BYQ. The children listened in rapt attention as Floreva read her book A Chanukiyah for Dina. It was exciting for the children to hear an author read a book she actually wrote and even more exciting to ask her questions. Floreva told the children that she thought of her own children when she wrote the books. Parents also had the opportunity to visit and spend quality time with their children. The classroom was set up with various Chanukah related activities; latke making, baking Chanukah cookies, and making Chanukah necklaces. In the “getting to know you” activity, parents and children bonded while filling out a same and different chart comparing initials, eye color, hair color, shoe size, (measured with unifix cubes) and their favorite part about Chanukah. One of the parents commented, “This activity was one that truly offered time to take a close look at one another and make discoveries while making comparisons and also opening discussion about each other.”
Bnos Malka Academy’s third-grade classes added an extra measure of meaning to Chanukah. The teachers felt it was important to think of others and not just ourselves and they included a chesed project along with the singing, dancing, and noshing. The girls created beautifully decorated cards which will be sent, through Chai Lifeline, to children in the hospital.
B’KAVOD innovative programming for seniors and their families invites community elders every Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (women) 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (men) to Cong. Degel Israel in Kew Gardens Hills. December will feature Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum, shlita, with a Michtav MeEliyau Series including handouts. On December 16, Robin Rosenzweig MS, community health education specialist returns to discuss stress management. On December 18, Chavy Baron PT, MPA, rehabilitation professional, returns to discuss exercise and advice. Acclaimed Chazan Israel Rosenzweig will present Chassidic melodies and storytelling. On December 23, Terry Goldberg, MS, RD, nutrition educator, noted Queens College faculty, will discuss the relationship of food and medicine followed by a travelogue on Italy. On December 25, author Shmuel Shields, PhD, will discuss memory and nutrition and have a book signing. Judy Gottlieb presents divrei Torah, crafts, and memory games. Events are peppered with music, good food, and friendship. For more information, call 646-543-9818 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Queens community Asarah B’Teves program will be held this Motzaei Shabbos, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. The Young Israel of KGH, 150th Street and 70th Road, will be hosting the evening. The guest speaker is Rabbi Paysach Krohn, world-renowned author and lecturer. Admission is free and parking is available in the YCQ parking lot.
The Bnos Malka Academy Parent Appreciation Melaveh Malkah is scheduled for December 14, 8:00 p.m. featuring Mr. Charlie Harary discussing “Tapping into your Inner Greatness” at the Utopia Jewish Center.
After last week’s posting of the “knockout crime” on Main Street, I called the Community Affairs division of the police department for verification of the crime and to make sure it was reported. Avi Avramcheyiv, who originally posted the crime on KGH shuls, is a Krav Maga instructor and is offering a free interactive lesson in self-defense: “Don’t Get Knocked Out.” Participation is free. Sunday, December 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Young Israel of Queens Valley Social Hall, 141-55 77th Avenue Kew Gardens Hills, New York 11367. “Don’t Get Knocked Out” minimizes risk when walking the streets by adapting mindsets, to never again play the role of unsuspecting pedestrian. “Don’t Get Knocked Out” focuses on how attacks are occurring, circumstances conducive to becoming a target, and the necessary levels of awareness and alertness needed to combat both. At times, these countermeasures may be utilized effectively, but one might note that these no longer help if one is already facing an attack. This is the reason that the second portion of the seminar will consist of an interactive demonstration which will instill the skills and know-how not only to react effectively but to react with the ideal response. Instructor Avi, who played a major role in the Israeli Defense Forces’ becoming adept at dealing with surprise knife encounters, has adapted the same system for civilians, to counter the disturbing trend of “knockout.” The goal is to put an end to the “game” once and for all.
I would also suggest that we reinstate the citizen patrol that we used to have in KGH years ago. Let’s let anyone who thinks they can prey on our citizens know that we will not tolerate crime in our community!
Beit Midrash Tov, 68-58 147th Street, invites ladies to a lecture by Rebbetzin Yehudith Yosef, Tuesday, December 17, 8:30 p.m. Amazing stories of R’ Ovadia Yosef, zt’l; hafrashat challah. Admission free. Lecture in Hebrew. Contact the Cohens for more information: 718-679-0368.
A Shloshim for Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt will be held on Sunday evening, December 22, 8:00 p.m. at the Queens Jewish Center in Forest Hills. Also, an interactive website is being set up for people to post their memories/stories of the Rabbi at www.rabbigrunblatt.com.
Midreshet Adina presents Rabbi Jeremy Kagan “True Chesed; Bringing Our Relationship with God into the World” Tuesday, December 24, 10:15 a.m. Fee: $10. 136-05 72nd Road KGH. Babysitting available for small fee. Please call 718-544-9218.
To Mr. and Mrs. Louis Taubenblatt on the marriage of their grandson, Ephraim, to Riki Shafier. 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.