Shabbat Shalom, November 28, 2015 ~ 16 Kislev 5776

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

Lights & Latkes
Join us on Tuesday, December 8, 6 PM to celebrate Chanukah with family and friends. Communal candle-lighting, Chanukah songs, and delicious latkes and jelly donuts. Don't forget to bring your own menorah. This event is free for members, and $5 for non-member adults, children are free. RSVP to

and Noble
Book Fair 

Thursday, December 3,  at Barnes & Noble Austin St. and online at
from December 3 -December 8.
Just tell the cashier in the store that you're shopping for FHJC -Bookfair ID 11769155 or use the Bookfair ID at checkout online. A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit Forest Hills Jewish Center.

....and Volunteers needed for the FHJC/Barnes and Noble Gift Wrap Fundraiser. Come out for some gift wrapping fun to benefit United Parents and our FHJC children! Stop by on Thursday, Dec 3 and Tuesday, Dec 22 at the Barnes and Noble Austin Street. We need volunteers to help with the gift wrapping!
Please sign up at Gift Wrap Volunteers to help!

Announcing the opening of
Cinematek Forest Hills

Ballad of the Weeping Spring

A film by Benny Torati
Winner of Four 2012 Ophirs (Israeli Oscars)
Nominated for 9 Awards
The final wishes of a dying man result in a journey traversing the northern Israeli countryside... 
“A beautiful drama about love, friendship and the power of art to transform.       
 Saturday, December 5, 7:30 PM 
  at Forest Hills Jewish Center  Admission $10.

Let's Rock N' Roll!
Cocktails, food and dancing, rock to the sounds of the 50's and 60's. Saturday evening, January 9, 7:30 PM. $54 per person. Prize for the best dressed Elvis! Nancy Chase and Karen Stein, Chairs

FHJC UP presents

Israeli Dancing
FHJC Friends and Family are invited to join!
All levels welcome — no experience needed.Sundays 9:30- 10:30 AM (next class Dec 6). $15 per lesson Taught by Danny Pollock (“Dancing Danny”)Contact the Center office  or register at the session.
Sisterhood Membership Birthday Party

Join us on Wednesday, December 16,  at 8 PM in the Crystal Room as we honor Mathilde Schechter on her 158th Birthday. No cost for paid-up members or $36 for membership dues. RSVP by December 14 to or call the Center office and leave a message for Sisterhood.

FHJC Shabbaton

Join our community as we come together to celebrate Shabbat from Kabbalat

Shabbat through Havdalah on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19.

 Friday, December 18: At 5:00, we will have Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv in the Estelle Feiner Crystal Room. Following services, there will be a traditional Shabbat dinner, by reservations only. At 7:45 there will be a Keynote Presentation by Milton Esterow on Holocaust Looted Art. We will join Hazzan Rosenblum in signing Zemirot throughout the evening.

 Friday Night Dinner Reservations: Age 13 and up-$30 per person, Age 4-12, $10 per person.

 Saturday, December 19: Shabbat services at 9 AM followed by a Cholent Kiddush in the Heller Family Ballroom. 8 different classes to choose from for afternoon study. Childcare is available. At 3:50 PM we will have an early Mincha. Rabbi Skolnik will give the final presentation during Seudah Sh’lishit (the third meal of Shabbat). We will conclude Shabbat with Ma’ariv at 5:30 PM and a musical Havdalah.

Is All Really Vanity? Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Job: An Examination of Biblical Wisdom Literature
The works of Greek Philosophy are not the only ancient textual sources filled with profound wisdom—the Hebrew Bible is replete with it, as well. Come learn about the Bible's books of wisdom literature with Rabbinic Intern Simeon Cohen. We will struggle with some of life's major questions (How are we supposed to live? Why do bad things happen to good people? Does life have an ultimate meaning?) and discover what the Hebrew Bible has to say about them. I'm looking forward to learning with you! Tuesdays  2:30 PM in Room 110

 Rabbi Skolnik’s Thursday Talmud Class is back!
Join us every Thursday morning after minyan, approximately 7:40 AM for this great class in the Rabbi’s study.

Deconstructing the Friday Night Experience: A Liturgical and Texual 
Examination of the Home Rituals, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv.
The Hazzan will teach on Wednesdays after evening minyan.

Hebrew Literature Group will next meet on December 12 after Shabbat services, in Hazzan Rosenblum's office.   All selections are with translation, so even if you are not a Hebrew maven, there will be plenty to enjoy if you love literature and its history.  Everyone is welcome to present. Material is eclectic,modern and ancient; this year the Psalms will be a recurring theme. They are often beautiful and full of religious emotion, but they are also a mystery, a kind of literary Stonehenge: who wrote them, when and why? Psalms will not be our only topic, however, and all are welcome to propose - and present - material of their choosing.  Mitchell Frank, Coordinator of Hebrew Literature Group

Hazzan Henry Rosenblum would like to invite members of FHJC to join him and Susan on the

Cantors Assembly Mission to Spain
next summer, July 3-14, 2016. The group will travel to Barcelona, Madrid and Seville, participating in concerts and ceremonies, hearing from scholars and lecturers, meeting with Jewish community leaders, and immersing into Spanish communities today, exploring history and Sephardic music heritage.

Buenas dias, estimados amigos, 

We know that not every congregant will be able to join us on this amazing trip but we wanted everyone to at least have the opportunity to see some of the things that those of us who do go will experience. Here is a link to a video about Spain and the trip that I'm sure you will find illuminating and quite enjoyable.

Please be in touch with Hazzan soon so he will know of your interest and can answer questions.

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


Nagilah, 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

Kids Stuff Coupon Books
are on sale at FHJC in the center office for $25. each.
If you are interested, please call Alison (718) 263-7000 ext. 200 for more information/to pick one up!





























Schedule of Services

November 26,
 Thanksgiving Day
8:20 AM

Friday, Nov. 27
7 AM; 4:10 PM
Candles 4:12 PM

Saturday, Nov.28
9 AM;
4:10 PM

Sunday, Nov 29
8:20 AM; 4:10

Nov 30 - Dec 3
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday, December 4
7 AM; 4:10 PM Candles 4:10 PM

Pre- Chanukah Family Shabbat Service, with breakfast on Shabbat morning, December 5.

Please plan to join us a Shabbat service that includes story telling, singing, learning
and fun!


The gym is available from 1-3 PM this Shabbat for children in grades 4-8, accompanied by a parent.

Lenny Picker will be there, and will be in charge in the event that something is needed.
Children may not be dropped off unsupervised, but if you stay, the kids can play.

FHJC Kids Kong,
 Shabbat service for children ages 6 and under and their families. Join us every Shabbat morning for singing, praying, dancing, story-telling, yummy Kiddush and fun!
 Children must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or care-giver.


Junior Congregation
for children in grades 1-6 and their families in the Little Synagogue.
A little praying, a little singing, a little learning, a little story-telling, and
A LOT of fun!! 
Please join us.

Thank you to the Sisterhood of FHJC
for sponsoring Kid's Congregation and Junior Congregation Kiddush.

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