Shabbat Shalom ~ October 29, 2016 ~ 27 Tishrei 5777

106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, NY 11375     718 263 7000
   Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik  ~  Hazzan Henry R. Rosenblum

Congratulations to the students in Kitah Gimmel who are receiving their first siddurim this Shabbat:

Abigail Chase, Jacob Chase, Elias Frater, Livia Frater, Matias Frieder-Dorregaray,
Elana Greenberg, Cody Habert,  Jacon Halili, Deko Jaramillo, Siena Kaskawitz, 
Carter Katz and  Avi Monaco

Our thanks to their parents and teachers for preparing them for this day, and we look forward to sharing many more s’machot - joyous occasions together.

Celebration Concert 
in memory of our beloved
 Cantor Erno Grosz z'l .
 Sunday, October 30,
at 3 PM at FHJC.
Barbara and Jerry Klibanoff, Chairs

Sisterhood Presents Robin Skolnik to lead us in a discussion of 
The Beautiful Possible, 
by Amy Gottlieb, on
Thursday, November 3, 8 PM after minyan.
This epic, enthralling debut novel follows a postwar love triangle between an American rabbi, his wife, and a German-Jewish refugee.

Save the Dates 
The BQLI Region of Women’s League will be hosting a program dedicated to the history of the Catskills on Tuesday, November 15, 10 AM– 2 PM at  Midway Jewish Center, Syosset 


Baking Babka on Rosh Chodesh - Kislev, 

Thursday December 1, 
with Natan Theise.

 Adult Education at FHJC
Rabbi Skolnik’s Thursday morning Talmud class 
resumes on October 27, and continues on  11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15, after morning minyan in the Rabbi’s office. There will be a light breakfast. The text will be Chapter 4 of Tractate B’rakhot, dealing with issues related to Jewish prayer, and the political structure of rabbinic leadership in Talmudic times.

Monday evening Talmud class will resume on October 31, and continue on 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12, at 7:45 PM after the evening minyan, in the Little Synagogue.

Hazzan Rosenblum will offer a class called
"The Essential Torah Reader."
for beginners and good readers who wish to become expert readers by learning both Tropes and Biblical Grammar. Class will begin on Wednesday October 26 at 7:45 PM after evening minyan in the Little Synagogue. The dates for the remainder of 2016 are 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14.

Rabbi Simeon is back too! Now that the chagim are finally over, it’s time to start learning together again. This year, to coincide with the beginning of our Torah reading cycle, we are going to be studying Bereshit Rabbah, the classical compilation of midrashim on the book of Genesis. Come learn what the rabbis had to say about the creation of the universe, the expulsion from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the Binding of Isaac and much, much more.  Studying Bereshit Rabbah is an excellent way to begin the study of midrash, and will hopefully add great depth to the way you think about Genesis. We will be meeting on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM in room 110. I’m looking forward to learning with you! 

on November 19 at  8 PM
If you missed last year’s performance, you’ll get another chance for live 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music with 
“Another Night with Jukebox”.  Tickets are $15 or 
Buy 3 get the fourth FREE.  Purchase tickets online

Calling all crooners, dancers, musicians, jokesters, and more!
It’s time to think about 
FHJC Coffee House 2017.
Performers, get your registration in by November 1,  (Performance: Saturday night, January 21, 2017)

What will YOU do with five minutes on stage?

The FHJC Chessed Committee reminds you that Chesvan is Chesed Month! Join us on Sunday, November 13 -12 Chesvan for the 2016 Cemetery Clean-Up Event. Volunteers from FHJC and synagogues around the tri-state area will be helping to maintain the grounds at historic Silver Lake Cemetery, operated by the Hebrew Free Burial Society. Since the 1880s, the Society has provided low-cost and free burials to needy Jewish families. Our participation in this community-wide event ensures continued dignity. Our team of volunteers will be leaving FHJC at 9 AM and returning at approximately 1 PM. Sign up at Please indicate whether you need a ride or can provide transportation. 
Join us! David Zipkowitz, Event Coordinator

Wear The Torah Fund Pin
With Pride
Help perpetuate and strengthen Conservative/Masorti communities throughout the world by participating in the Torah Fund Campaign, a dedicated charity of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.  The 2016-2017 pin is available now.  Its theme, “P’ri Yadehah,” “the fruit of her hands,” is represented by a shaft of wheat, signifying the sustenance we wish for all our family and friends, and an olive branch, expressing our prayers for peace. Please contact Miriam Chait, Anise Parnes or Shirley Rossman Zucker for your pin or To learn about the many ways you may participate in this year’s Torah Fund Campaign.

Be part of Sisterhood for friendship, education, fun and great book discussions. Make your check for $36 payable to The Forest Hills Jewish Center and write 'Sisterhood Dues' on the memo line.

Masbia Rego Park is open again and in need of 
volunteers so we are recruiting volunteers from FHJC again. Our shift will be once/month on a Thursday evening from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. In the past we had enough volunteers (~ 20) so that each volunteer had a shift once every three months. Adults of all ages are invited, and students who need to earn community service credits are welcome as well. If you are a past volunteer and want to continue or a new volunteer, contact me directly at
David Zipkowitz

If you love to sing... Then we'd love to hear from you! 

 N A G I L A H 

the FHJC Choral group, is now in its TENTH year! We sing a variety of Hebrew, Israeli and Jewish music. We meet on Sunday mornings after minyan and perform at a number of events during the year. 
For more information, contact: Heidi Nelson Rolnick at


PJ Library and FHJC send the priceless gift of Jewish-themed books to the homes of children in our schools and community every month. Most of the cost is covered by generous funders but we need your support to continue this worthwhile program. Please speak to Richard Chase or call Deborah in the Center office if you'd like more information.

Turn  shopping trips into cash for our school. Look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios® and Kleenex® then clip and drop them off in the FHJC Office. Each one is worth 10¢ for our schools. For a complete list of products, go Questions? call  Alyssa Pollack































We record with sorrow the passing of
Michelle Kaplan 
beloved sister of Center member 

Bonnie Chernin.

May her memory be a blessing. 


Mazal tov to Center members Lenore and Jules Haas on the occasion of the naming of thier granddaughter this Shabbat.

Mazal tov to the parents, Ilana and David Hass too!


Schedule of Services

Thursday, October 27
7 AM; 7:30 PM
Friday, October 28
7 AM, 5:40 PM 
Candle Lighting: 
5:38 PM

Saturday, October 29
9 AM, 5:40 PM

Sunday, October 30
8:20 AM AM; 5:40 PM

Monday, October 31 
7 AM;  7:30 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday,
November 1,2
Rosh Chodesh
6:45 AM; 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 3
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday November 4
7 AM; 5:30 PM
Candle lighting 5:30 PM

Kids Kongregation for children ages  6 and under, this Shabbat, at 10:45 in Room M4. 

Join Junior Congregation as we get ready for our B’reisheit Crush Saga!

Learn Torah as you’ve never learned before as we journey through each Parsha and conquer challenges along the way.  It’s a trip you won’t forget!

For 1st -6th graders at 10:15 AM in the Little Synagogue.

Men’s Club Notice Please support the FHJC Men’s Club. Dues $40. We’re always looking for new ideas. We meet on the 3rd or 13th of the month at Carlos and Gabby’s on Main St, Kew Garden Hills. 


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