Shabbat Shalom ~February 18, 2017 ~22 Shevat 5777

106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, NY 11375     718 263 7000
   Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik  ~  Hazzan Henry R. Rosenblum
      FHJC Annual Dinner Dance
Saturday evening, March 4
We are proud to be honoring past officers
of the Executive Board  (2005-2016): 
Michael Abrams, Deborah Ball Witlin, 
Rae Theise Kerzner,
Candice Koerner, 
Romi Narov & 
Warren Wankoff 
Please RSVP to join us for the gala event. 

Get ready for the party by learning the dance steps -
Tuesday evening Israeli Dancing is here to help with a special pre-Dinner Dance session devoted to the classics. Tuesday, February 28, 8 PM. Special one-time admission fee- $10. For more info or to save your spot, contact Debra Weil at

Purim 5777 is around the corner and we are pleased to announce a new and improved Mishloach Manot program for FHJC this year.The ordering system will now be on-line and will be faster, more accurate and through a proven company that specializes in Mishloach Manot. You will receive an e-mail with a personalized sign-in through Happy Purim. They will have FHJC membership names and a record of your prior year order. If on-line ordering is not for you, you will still be able to send an email to Your personal log-in info to follow shortly. In the meantime, check the website:  Deadline for submitting orders is Monday, February 27. If you have any questions, please contact the Mishloach Manot co-chairs:
Pearl Buitron (917) 710-8253 or Risa Matzner (917) 841-8780

Bring the kids, bring your friends, come to 
FHJC's 13th Annual Purim Carnival on PURIM DAY, Sunday, March 12.
Free admission! Awesome games, prizes, inflatables! Professional face painting and balloon twisting by People Paint! Kosher food available. Volunteers needed!! 
Please contact Karen at

After megillah reading on Purim eve, join the fun with IAC's Israeli Shabbat with Purim theme, on Saturday evening March 11. Israelis and  Americans join together around the dinner table to create a shared experience. Delicious dinner and shira b'tzibbur (sing-a-long). $48/family; $18/adult; $12/child. RSVP

Sisterhood brings you Mah Jong!

Do you want to learn mah jong? Or do you know how to play? Are you looking for a regular game? If this interests you, please answer these questions by February 7. With your answers we can begin in the first week in March. Rena Wirshba will teach beginners to play! We need your feedback to set this program in motion! 
1 - My mah jong level: __ experienced player: __ novice player: __ beginner/ need lessons

2 - I prefer to play on: __ Sunday at 1:00PM or ___ Tuesday evening at 8:00PM

3 - I want to play: __once a month; ___ twice a month; ___weekly

4 - I own a mah jong set and am willing to bring it: ___ yes ___no
5 - I have a current set of mah jong cards: ___ yes ___ no
6 - I am willing to pay $5 per session to Sisterhood ___ yes ___ no
 Name:  __________________ Email:  __________________Phone:  __________________
Please copy and email your answers to:

Sisterhood Presents
Walking, Posture, and Balance 
with Gerald Padilla, PT, DPT, CPT 
Starting February 14, on Tuesdays at 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM  In the Heller Family Ballroom at FHJC. Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 people. 1 class: $23;  5 class package: $100. This will be an ongoing class except for holidays and vacations. Do you walk easily on all surfaces? How is your balance?
 Please sign up at

 Adult Education at FHJC

Rabbi Skolnik’s Thursday morning Talmud class, immediately after morning minyan (around 7:40 AM) in the Rabbi's study.
  Come at 7 to join the minyan and get the seat of your choice for the Rabbi's class. All are welcome - no reservations needed.
Study Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudai on Thursday evening, March 2, after evening minyan. Rabbi Skolnik will lead a discussion of the parsha in preparation for Women's League/Sisterhood Shabbat.

Hazzan Rosenblum's class "The Essential Torah Reader" continues on Wednesday nights at 7:45 after evening minyan.

Rabbi Simeon's class is back on Tuesdays at 2:30 - 3:30 PM too.

FHJC United Parents Presents: 
Israeli Dancing 
FHJC friends and family are invited to join! All levels welcome- no experience needed. Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM 
 and Tuesdays, 8 PM - 9:30 PM 
 Register- FHJC Office or or at the class. 

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.

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 

Joel Kupferberg,

 beloved son of Center member

 Barbara Kupferberg. 

May his memory be a blessing.


Schedule of Services

Friday, February 17
7 AM; 5:15 PM 
Candle lighting 5:15 PM

Saturday, February 18
9 AM, 5:15 PM

Sunday, February 19, 
8:20 AM; 5:15 PM

Monday, February 20
Presidents Day
8:20 AM; 7:30 PM

Tuesday -Thursday, 
 February 21 - 23
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday, February 24
7 AM; 5:25 PM 
Candle lighting 5:23 PM

Literature Group
This Shabbat - 2/18
  All selections in Hebrew with English translation. HLG meets once a month on Shabbat after services, starting about 12:30 for one hour in Hazzan Rosenblum's office. Texts in Hebrew with English translation are read and discussed, over coffee/tea and pastry. Upcoming meetings will be on    3/18/17, 4/22/17, 5/13/17, and 6/10/17. Come join us!

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

First-through sixth graders - join us at 10:15 on February 18th in the Little Synagogue for a special service looking at Parshat Yitro, and its lessons about leadership,  our systems of justice.

10:15 AM in the
Little Synagogue

The gym is available on Shabbat afternoons from 1-3 PM for children in grades 3 - 7 accompanied by an adult,

and for 3rd grade and under from 3-5 PM, also accompanied by an adult.

Teen Musaf Service 

WHOpost bar/bat mitzvah young adults
WHAT: Shabbat musaf service and discussion by and for teens
WHERE: FHJC Youth Lounge
WHEN:  March 11 at approximately 11:20 AM, following the d’var Torah.
WHY: teens deserve a service where they can pray and talk together and gather for a kiddush of their own.
If you have any questions or want to lead, please feel free to reach out to Pearl: 917-710-8253 or

Men's Club Notice

 FHJC Men's Club
meets monthly. We're always happy
 to see new members with new ideas. Join us on the 3rd or 13th of each month. Dues are $40. For more information contact Warren Wankoff at

For more than 65 years, USY has run summer trips in North America, 
Eastern Europe and Israel, transforming the lives of thousands of 
teenagers in the Conservative Movement. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Michelle Rich, 
Director of Teen Travel and Programs by email at or by phone at 212-533-7800 ext 136.
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
120 Broadway, 
Suite 1540
New York, NY 10271


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