Shabbat Shalom ~January 14, 2017 ~16 Tevet 5777

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

On Saturday evening, 
January 14, 8 PM at FHJC.
Cinematek Forest Hills presents
"Joachim Prinz:
I Shall Not Be Silent"

starring Andre Braugher,

a film about the power of a voice for justice. In 1930's Berlin, Prinz was a young rabbi as the Hitler regime was rising to power. Civil rights of Jews were systematically being stripped away and Prinz restored the self-esteem of the German Jews. Although the Nazis monitored his sermons and despite repeated arrests, Prinz continued to preach, urging Jews to leave Germany. Expelled from Germany in 1937, Prinz arrived in the United States and was horrified to witness racism against African Americans. Prinz became a leader of the civil rights movement and spoke at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 which has its 50th anniversary this year.

25th Anniversary Annual
Shiva Minyan Breakfast
Sunday January 22, 9 AM
Guest Speaker Rabbi Skolnik
This informative event is open to everyone in the FHJC community. Special thanks to Rabbi Skolnik, the Minyan Club and the Men's Club for covering a portion of the cost of a complete hot buffet breakfast. $13 per person RSVP to Co-Chairs Hal Berkowitz and Allan Rolnick to 
$18 at the door, if space allows.

FHJC Sisterhood & UP team up again for your second chance to learn how to make
Babka for Breakfast!!
Natan Theise (FHJC Nursery School Class of 1997) will teach us how to prepare babka dough and fillings and learn the tricks to form a proper babka. All participants will go home with a babka they’ve created, ready for baking.January 24th @ 7:45pm (after Minyan) in the Estelle Feiner Crystal Room. $25 per person; Cash or checks only – no credit cards or paypal
(payable to FHJC & Babka on the memo line.)RSVP to before Jan. 16. Space is limited to 30 – RSVP early!

Join Rabbi Skolnik for a text study on Shabbat morning (~
9 AM after Kaddish), January 21, in his office. The subject will be how the Midrash is used to "fill in the blanks" of Moshe's childhood, which are omitted in the Biblical text. Once he's taken into Pharoah's home, we don't hear of him again until he slays the Egyptian... to find out more, please join us.
FHJC Coffee House 2017
on Saturday evening, January 21.
Doors open at 7 pm.
Music, laughs, fun, BYOB. RSVP at by January 13. Admission $20, kids under 12-free. 
Take a Chance 
on the FHJC $3600 
Cash Prize Raffle
$100 each; Maximum of 200 tickets will be sold. Winner will be drawn at the Coffee House on January 21, 2017. Winner need not be present. Call the Center office at 718 263 7000 x203 to take YOUR chance!!

All members of our congregation are invited to join us on January 28 for an enhanced Musical Havdalah Service with instruments. Ma’ariv will start at 5:45 PM and havdalah will follow. Percussion instruments will be provided. Melavah Malkah (New Week Celebration)after services will include singing and snacking. We plan to conclude by 6:30 PM. 
Then it’s on to  fun and games …literally! After the service we will hand out tickets for a wonderful evening for children and adults with all sorts of games for children and pizza, ice cream and popcorn, followed by not one, but two, movies -  Inside Out and Jurassic World! It's all free, thanks to our sponsors: FHJC UP, FHJC Men’s Club, and FHJC Sisterhood! 
Meet us in the Crystal Room.

Complete the  Defensive Driving Course at FHJC taught by Martin Hirschfield of Driver Education Consultants and be eligible for a 10% discount on collision premiums and 10% discount on liability premiums including property damage (PD),  bodily injury (Bl) and personal injury Protection (PIP) for 3 full  years!! January 29, 9 AM - 3:30 PM. $45. Seating is limited. Contact the Center office to reserve your space in the class. 718 263 7000 x203,

Mens Club World Wide Wrap returns to the Forest Hills Jewish Center on Sunday, February 5 during morning minyan. Members of the Men's Club will be available starting at 8 AM to assist those who don't know (or forgot) how to put on tefillin. Breakfast and Q and A with Hazzan Henry Rosenblum will follow. $5 suggested donation. For further information contact Dan Korb (

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. 

Save the Date
The FHJC Annual Dinner Dance 
will take place on Saturday evening, March 4, 2017.
We are proud to be honoring 
past officers of the Executive Board:
Michael Abrams ~ Deborah Ball Witlin ~Candice Koerner ~  
Romi Narov  ~ 
Rae Theise Kerzner ~Warren Wankoff
We hope you'll plan to join us.

 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.

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.

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.

Have you made a resolution to get more involved in our community in 2017? Masbia Rego Park is open and in need of volunteers. The FHJC 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 

Dorothy Thompson, beloved mother of Center member 

Chana Shor. 

May her memory be a blessing.

Mazal tov to Liora Beer who will be inducted into Ashrei Academy this Shabbat


Schedule of Services

Thursday,January 12
 7:30 PM
Friday, January 13
7 AM; 4:35 PM 
Candle lighting 4:33 PM

Saturday, January 14
9 AM, 4:35 PM

Sunday and Monday (MLK), January 15,16
8:20 AM; 4:35 PM

Tuesday -Thursday, 
January 17, 19
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday, January 20
7 AM; 4:40 PM 
Candle lighting 4:41 PM

Hebrew Literature Group this Shabbat at 12:30 PM in Hazzan Rosenblum's office. Join us for discussion, coffee and pastry!

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

Join us this Shabbat at 10:15 AM in the Little Synagogue for a special Shabbat service that will include a discussion of the Joseph Story, and Martin Luther King's "I Have  A Dream Speech." 

B’reisheit Crush Saga will return next week.

Join us as we daven, sing and learn together as a family. For 1st -6th graders at 10:15 AM in the Little Synagogue.

Starting January 7, the gym will be 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.

Kadima will be back this coming Wednesday, January 18 for the ever-popular event - 
Cupcake Wars!! 
We'll be meeting at FHJC, room 110, 6 - 7:30 PM. Members in grades 5 - 7 will compete to create the best cupcake designs based on a specific task! The cupcake creator with the most skill will be crowned the Cupcake Wars Champion! RSVPs are needed to assure enough cupcakes and supplies for all. Please do so by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Please bring $5 for pizza and drinks.
Adam Monaco, Kadima Adviser

Teen Musaf Service 

WHO: post bar/bat mitzvah young adults
WHAT: Shabbat musaf service and discussion by and for teens
WHERE: FHJC Youth Lounge
WHEN: January 28, February 25, and 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

The Hebrew 
Literature Group
  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  1/14/17, 2/18/17, 3/18/17, 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

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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