Shabbat Shalom ~ April 22, 2017 ~ 26 Nisan 5777

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

Please join us on Sunday evening, April 23, at 7:30 PM in the Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser Sanctuary for our annual program in observance of Yom Hashoa. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Liviu Schapira, who will tell of his own childhood experiences as a Shoah survivor from Romania. Participants will include Dr. Schapria's family, Irina, Daniel and Ethan, and Lisa and Gideon, and Anna and Ken Grosz, Bernie Berko and Lillian Eckstein, Ruth Danis and Michael Seiden, Greta Mares and the Chusid Family, Melanie Topol and Herbert Stilman. We will light memorial candles in memory of the six million with survivor families and members of our youth programs, and the musical participation of Nagilah, the choral group of the Forest Hills Jewish Center, and members of our Hebrew High School. With each passing year, this program becomes increasingly important, Please honor those whom we lost by spending the evening with us. 

The Forest Hills Interfaith Initiative presents
The Sanctity of Life, Reflecting the Wisdom of Three Faith Traditions. Presentation through the lens of sacred tradition and scripture, followed by Q&A and refreshments.
Imam Abdool Hakim, President, Muslim Cultural Center of Queens; Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, Forest Hills Jewish Center; Father Thomas F. Reese, St. Luke's Episcopal Church. April 25, 8 PM at Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Zachor - Remember
Sunday, April 30, at 9:30 AM
A joint project of the Minyan Club and Men's Club presents
Guest Speaker Seymour Kaplan
Please join the Minyan and Mens Club in honoring Seymour Kaplan, a liberator of the Dachau concentration camp. Not yet graduated from high school, Mr. Kaplan, now 93, enlisted in the army and became a machine gunner. When it was discovered that he was fluent in Yiddish, he was transferred to a division that liberated concentration camps, where he served as a translator. Discouraged by family and friends from speaking of the horrors he witnessed, Mr. Kaplan blocked his war time memories. It was only after an emotional reunion with fellow soldiers that those traumatic memories came flooding back. Mr. Kaplan, aware of the significance of his first hand knowledge, has spent the last two decades sharing his experiences and educating others about the Shoah.You don't want to miss the incredible story of this young Brooklyn serviceman, the liberation of the Dachau concentration, and how it shaped his life. 17 and over only. RSVP: or call 718 357-1028  There is no fee for this event.

2017 BQLI Region Helen Cytryn Study Day
April 25, Tuesday 29 Nissan 5777
Jerusalem: Then and Now
Lecture by Rabbi Alan B. Lucas,
Temple Beth Sholom, Roslyn
Join us for a day of learning with an historical presentation on the Old City followed by a panel discussion focused on Israeli current events and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Featuring Lisa Kogen, WLCJ Education Director
Including Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin, Israel Center of Conservative Judaism
Sandy Koppell, WLCJ United Nations Non-Governmental Observer
Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, 167-11 73rd Ave, Flushing, NY
(Large parking lot with expanded handicapped spots, ample street parking)
Registration and coffee at 9:30 AM. Program 10 AM – 2:30 PM. Luncheon buffet of Israeli delicacies and salads will be served. Reservation: $36 Deadline April 17. Questions? Contact Anise Parnes, BQLI Torah Fund VP, or 646-282-8166
Please make check payable to: BQLI Region and mail to: 
Shari Schnitzer, 15 Heathcote Drive, Albertson, NY 11507 

On Monday evening, May 1 at 7:30 PM, we’ll be celebrating the best of classic Israeli music and enjoying an Israeli café menu at our annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Zimriyah, sponsored by the Avidor family in loving memory of Arie Avidor.
 Please join us.

Put some sparkle in your life! Join Sisterhood for a docent-led tour of 

Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story 

Museum of Arts and Design,
2 Columbus Circle. 

Sunday, April 30,
Meet at 12:45 PM in the Museum Lobby

RSVP to Advance reservation required. Space is limited. $15 Cash or checks only – no credit cards or Paypal. Please make your check payable to FHJC, with Judith Leiber on the memo line.

The Forest Hills Jewish Center's Scholar-in-Residence Program, made possible through the generous support of the Sevin family, in loving memory of Malvin Peace Sevin, will take place on May 19‐20.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Stephen Berk, Henry & Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies, Union College. Please join us for Shabbat dinner on Friday, May 19, followed by Dr. Berk’s first lecture The European Experience and Proto-Zionist Thought.” Dr. Berk will deliver the d’rasha during Shabbat morning services which will be followed by a cholent Kiddush, and after lunch he will speak on Zionism’s Triumphs and Challenges in the 21st Century.” Kiddush lunch is generously sponsored by: Judith and Matthew Beizer, Hilda and Ivan Chusid, Judy and Jack Gostl, Rae and Gary Kerzner, Temma and Al Kingsley, Candy and Carl Koerner,  Roberta and Allen Krieger,  Valerie and Jack Leibler, Sarah and Stephen Markowitz, Anita and Maurice Miller, Rosalind Okun, Pauline and Mark Raphael, Irene and Ronald Sternberg, Jill and Meir Toshav,  
Shirley Rossman Zucker and David Zucker.

Think SPRING!!! 
Sign up for ultra-fresh, local, organic produce. Support local farmers and eat healthy!! Forest Hills Tuv Ha’Aretz is a community supported agriculture (CSA) program offering the opportunity to purchase an entire season’s worth of organic produce at competitive prices while supporting local farmers and building community. Pre-pay to receive 24 weeks of produce from Golden Earthworm Organic Farm.  Pick-up Tuesdays, June 6 to Nov. 21 from 5-8 PM at FHJC. Fun programs like cooking classes and a trip to the farm are offered during the season as well. Visit our website for more information or email us 
Space is limited - we have sold out in the past – SIGN UP NOW! 

Sisterhood Presents 
Walking, Posture, and Balance 
with Gerald Padilla, PT, DPT, CPT 
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 is on hiatus.
Rabbi Skolnik’s Thursday morning Talmud class, immediately after morning minyan (around 7:40 AM) in the Rabbi's study.  Come at 7 AM to join the minyan and get the seat of your choice for the Rabbi's class. All are welcome - no reservations needed.

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

Rabbi Simeon's class - Tuesdays at 2:30 - 3:30 PM.

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.


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 passong of 
Jerome Nisselbaum,

beloved father of
Center member
Nancy Nisselbaum.
May his memory
be a blessing.


Schedule of Services

Thursday, April 20,
7:30 PM
Friday, April 21
7 AM; 6:30 PM 
Candle lighting 7:24 PM

Saturday, April 22
9 AM, 7:25 PM

Sunday, April 23
8:20 AM 
Yom Hashoah Program
and Ma'ariv in the Bokser Sanctuary 7:30 PM

Monday - Tuesday,
 April 24 - 25
7  AM; 7:30 PM

Wednesday- Thursday
Rosh Chodesh
6:45 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday, April 28
7 AM; 6:30 PM 
Candle lighting 7:31 PM

Kids Kongregation  for children ages 6 and under on Shabbat, 10:45 AM 
in M4

 Jr. Cong meets at 10:15 in the Little Synagogue.

On Shabbat, April 29, Lenny Picker brings us:
 “A Man, A Plan, A Banana: The Incredible & Appealing True Story Of Sam The Banana Man.” Did you know that a Jew, Sam the Banana Man, was instrumental in the creation of the US banana industry? That he protected his business interests by masterminding a coup in Honduras? That he went on to become a major Zionist philanthropist? Lenny Picker brings to his presentation the experience gained from having consumed over 1800 bananas over 55 years.

Literature Group Hebrew 
  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   4/22/17, 5/13/17, and 6/10/17. Come join us!

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

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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, 
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New York, NY 10271


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

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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