Shabbat Shalom ~ September 15 , 2018; 6 Tishrei 5779

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

The FHJC Kol Nidre Campaign 5779 

Forest Hills Jewish Center is our second home. It is where we come to pray, to celebrate, to learn, to teach our children what it is to be a Jew, to sing and dance, to be comforted. It is where we meet our life-long friends and where our lives are enriched. To show our appreciation to the supporters of the Kol Nidre Appeal for their generosity, we invite everyone who makes a minimum donation of $60 single/ $120 couple/ $150 family to join us for the Break-Fast meal at the close of Yom Kippur. The Kol Nidre Appeal Committee would like to wish all our members and friends a healthy and happy 5779 and thank you in  
advance for your generous pledge.
In the Yom Kippur musaf Haftorah, Isaiah teaches that the meaning of the fast is realized in deeds of chesed, kindness. Please consider ushering in the solemn holy day rituals with a donation of nonperishable, kosher food on Kol Nidre eve. City Harvest will distribute the food to the hungry in our community.

High Holiday Junior Congregation is a special High Holiday service for children in grades 3-8  led by Ben and Felicia Leeman. Young Kids Yom Tov, led by Marcy Mirkin, is for young children, nursery school through grade 2 and their families. Both services are on Yom Kippur—Wednesday, September 19. Babysitting is also available for children ages 2-7. Pre-registration is required.
Contact the FHJC office for more information and to sign up.

As we have done every year in the past the Men's Club helps build and decorate our glorious Sukkah together. This year we are asking for volunteers for either Sat night, September 22 after Shabbat or Sunday morning September 23 immediately following Minyan. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided Saturday night by The Men's Club. E-mail Hal Berkowitz if you can make a commitment  for the Sukkah Project.

and then on Sunday morning at 10 AM ..  Let's decorate our Sukkah!! All FHJC families with elementary-aged children are invited for some fun, some creativity and some meaningful time together!  Create a very special sukkah craft to welcome “ushpizin/guests” who are important to your family to the FHJC sukkah; whether it’s Albert Einstein or Bubbe and Zaide or even your cat!  Plus snacks provided by Sisterhood

FHJC Sukkot Luncheon on Monday, September 24
Please join us for lunch in the sukkah immediately following services and kiddush. RSVP as soon as possible, as seating is limited. Adults $39/ Children 5-11 $20 (4 and under free). Event Co-Chairs Teri Goffner 718 275 6615 and Bonnie Dassa 718 896 4982
FHJC Religious School families are invited to Make Your Own Tacos in the Sukkah on Wednesday evening, September 26 at 6 PM. It's a great way to meet other FHJC families and a delicious dinner too!
$15/adults; $8/students.
by September 20.

Come Join Us at the
Men's Club BBQ in the Sukkah

on Thursday evening, September 27 at 8 PM. BBQ, liquor and merriment - all for only $25. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Contact Hal Berkowitz

The FHJC Sukkah is available to all our members to enjoy over Sukkot, during the hours listed below. There are just a few simple guidelines:
~Of course, all food that you bring must be kosher.
~Bring your own table clothes, napkins, plates and utensils – we can’t provide any. Bring small bags for your garbage.
~Make sure to dispose of all your garbage completely and carefully – we don’t want to attract insects or rodents. Put any food that you are disposing of into a plastic bag and tie it closed.
~Our wonderful maintenance staff has to go home too, so the sukkah door on Queens Blvd must be locked by 9:30 pm –  make sure you’ve got all your things collected and have cleaned up after yourself before then. Please don’t make them wait for you.
~Don’t leave anything. 
That’s it. The hours the sukkah will be available are:
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 9/23, 9/24 and 9/25 – dinner only, after services. Services are from 6:30 pm until ~ 7:15 pm in the Little Synagogue.
Chol Hamoed, Wednesday, 9/26 , same, but services are  7:30 ~8 pm
The Sukkah is not available on Thursday evening as the Men’s Club is having their dinner in the Sukkah
Friday evening, 9/28, before of after services(6:30 pm ~7:15 pm) Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 9/29, 9/30 and 10/1 – Lunch after congregational Kiddush on Shabbat and Monday, not on Sundaydinner before 6:15 pm or after 7:15 pm

Join our 

Monday evening, October 1; 7 pm
in Heller Ballroom. 
Simchat Torah Ice Cream Party
for all our children! Join us for Hakafot (Dancing with the Torahs) at
7 pm  and enjoy an ice cream party!

The Forest Hills Jewish Center in cooperation with UJA-Federation, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, National Ramah Commission, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, and Camp Ramah in Nyack, presents a community-based response to a critical issue:
Understanding Depression - 
How Can Our Synagogues Help?
Sunday, Nov 4, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Keynote presention by Dr. Sam Klagsbrun, a leading New York psychiatrist, affiliated with Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Presenter, FHJC member Steven Topal will address How Depression Impacts Families. Break-out sessions will follow the presentations.
For more information please contact Rabbi Gerald Skolnik at or call the FHJC office 718 263 7000
Admission is free and open to the public
This program is underwritten by the Arlene Topal Creative Arts Fund

Moving Forward Together
at The Jewish Board 135 W 50th St, 6th fl; 
Wednesdays, 9/26, 10/17, 11/14, 12/19; 
6 PM-7:30 PM
Moving Forward Together is a monthly support group for Jewish men and women, over 21, who have a mental health diagnosis and wish to form new and positive relationships and share common concerns.  Topics include: employment, housing, family and friends, lifestyle recreation and spiritual strength.Our mission – Renew Connection, Create Community, Move Forward with Education, Treatment and Recovery. Workshop facilitated by Heidi Mandel, PhD, LMSW. Pre-registration by calling or emailing Heidi at 212-632-4486 or
Please note:  Registration, Intake and Medical Approval Required

Wake up and smell the coffee!
It’s time to register for FHJC Coffee House 2019
Registration deadline is October 12, 2018
(Performance: Saturday night, January 12, 2019)
Performance slots are limited, so the deadline is firm! The FHJC Coffee House is an almost-open-mic night; selections will be approved for venue appropriateness. This is not a contest, and it’s all for fun — talent is not being assessed. Remember, a limited number of performance slots are available, so the deadline is FIRM

Cinematek Forest Hills is returning to the Forest Hills Jewish Center a whole new line-up of Jewish-oriented films that have been featured In Jewish Film Festivals, and which we hope will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think.  As in previous years we will be screening one film per month, from after Sukkot until just before Passover Our first film this season will be presented on Saturday night October 20. We will be showing “Heading Home: A Tale of Team Israel,” an Audience Award winner at Jewish film festivals. A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, HEADING HOME charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to play in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players—Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway—most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, and never having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wanna-be reputations. As their “Mensch on a Bench” mascot tags along, the team does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage. It is our belief that somewhere in New York there should be an October game.

L’Dor va’Dor Society
Forest Hills Jewish Center is a part of your life ... Your commitment can live on through a legacy gift.
The mission of the L’Dor va’Dor Society is to raise awareness and educate the membership of FHJC on ways that both members and non-members can make bequests to the FHJC, whether through a person’s will, life insurance proceeds or other financial instruments.If you have  questions about making a bequest please contact one of us. We are planning to reach out to synagogue members and we hope we can count on you to join the L’Dor va’Dor Society soon.
L’Dor va’Dor Committee Co-Chairs, Shirley Rossman-Zucker and Jack Gostl
and Committee Members, Deborah Ball-Witlin, Candice Koerner, Pauline Raphael and Judy Zipkowitz































Mazal tov to the Somershaf family on the occasion of the
Bat Mitzvah of their daughter and sister,


We record with sorrow the passing of
Ephraim Leibowitz,
beloved father of
Center member
Judy Zipkowitz.
May his memory be a blessing.

Schedule of Services

Thursday, September 13
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday, September 14
7 AM; 6:30 PM
Candles 6:50 PM

Saturday, September 15
9 AM; 6:50 PM

Sunday, September 16
8:20 AM; 6:50 PM

Monday, September 17
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Tuesday, September 18
Erev Yom Kippur
7AM; Mincha 2 PM
Candles 6:40 PM
Kol Nidre 6:30 PM

September 19
Yom Kippur
9 AM 

Thursday, September 20
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday, September 21
9 AM; 6:30 PM
Candles 6:37 PM

Kids Kong on Shabbat 
for children 2-6 years 
at 10:45 AM in M4.
Join us every week and invite your friends to join us 

Great Opportunity for our
th - 12th Graders:
Be a Teacher’s Aide in the FHJC Religious School
 Develop leadership skills, help young children, earn community service hours, enhance your resume and get paid.
Our madrichim, teacher’s aides, are incredible role models, for our younger students.  Plus, they will receive specialized training and leadership opportunities.  Positions available for Sunday mornings and/or Tuesdays after school.  If your child is interested, or if you would like your teen to be contacted directly, please send Jessica their email address and/or cell phone number. 
Please respond to Jessica at or call 718-263-7000 x213 with any questions.

The Hebrew
Literature Group
will have its first meeting of the 5779 year today after services this Shabbat, at 12:30 pm in Hazzan Rosenblum's office. The topic will be the amazing liturgical poem, U'Netaneh Tokef, that we recite on these high holidays. The poem has a fascinating history, and is rich in references to ancient texts, with meanings both disturbing and profound. Come join us as we begin this new year!
The dates for meetings of the Hebrew Literature Group for the coming year are as follows: 9/15/18, 10/20/18, 11/17/18, 1/19/19, 2/16/19, 3/9/19, 4/13/19, 5/18/19, 6/22/19. (December is skipped in lieu of the Shabbaton).Unless otherwise notified, we will meet in Hazzan Rosenblum's office beginning at 12:30, for just about one hour. In one of the early 2019 months we will hopefully have a session starting after Shabbat - a melaveh malkah - in which we will marry text to recorded song. In all sessions, selections come with English translation and discussion is in English. Come join us! 
Mitchell Frank, Hebrew Lit Coordinator 

 Come check out 
"Lit and Learn", 
our new Hebrew Literature Group 
for Hebrew beginners, which doubles as a workshop for learning some spoken Hebrew, and is led by Lisa Levy and Mitchell Frank .The first meeting of Lit and Learn will take place on Shabbat, October 13th, after services (and a bit into kiddush) - at 12:30 pm, lasting about an hour. We'll meet in Hazzan Rosenblum's office. Our first selection will be a poem by the modern Israeli poet, Yehudah Amichai

Be a part of the women's network that proudly supports the students enrolled  in our Conservative/Masorti seminaries around the world; our movement's future Rabbis. Hazzanim, educators, Hillel directors, chaplains, lay leaders and our most innovative thinkers. Be a Torah Fund Campaign donor. Please ontact Anise Parnes or Shirley Rossman Zucker for your pin today

Each year METNY is able to reach over 1,000 teens through the various programs and opportunities USY offers. Learn more about METNY at

Shop for our shul at
Ohr-Li Judaica ~ 
We have a beautiful inventory of Judaic gifts for your home or for gifts, as well as talitot and jewelry.
50% off Passover items, everything else is 25% off. Contact Zhanna with any questions ; 718 263 7000 x200 or

For all your online shopping, please go to first and where it 
asks “Whom do you support?” enter “Forest Hills Jewish Center,” then proceed to do your shopping. That’s all it takes, and we’ll earn a percentage from all your purchases

    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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