Shabbat Shalom ~ December 3, 2016 ~ 3 Kislev 5777

106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, NY 11375     718 263 7000
   Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik  ~  Hazzan Henry R. Rosenblum
Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, December 9. Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 5:30 PM/ Dinner at 6:30 PM.Adults $22 per person, Children age 2 - 12 $10 per child.Magician Evan will be there to entertain children following dinner. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec 5 to the FHJC Office at, call 718 263 7000 x203, or stop in. 

Annual Shabbaton 
December 16-17
Friday Night, December 16 : 5 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv in the Estelle Feiner Crystal Room with a traditional Shabbat dinner after services. 
Friday night Dinner reservations: 
Age 13 and up- $30 per person/Age 4-12 - $10 per person 
7:45 PM - Keynote Presentation
Louis Brandeis: 
A Look at His Life & Legacy 
Presented by Lenny Picker (open to all). 
Join Hazzan Rosenblum in singing Zemirot throughout the evening. 
Saturday, December 17: Shabbat services at 9 AM followed by a Cholent Kiddush in the Heller Family Ballroom 
Eight different classes to choose from for afternoon study, see details in the Message (childcare available); 3:50 PM early Minha; Rabbi Skolnik will give the final presentation during the Seudah Sh’lishit (the third meal of Shabbat). We will conclude Shabbat with Ma’ariv at 5:30 PM and a musical Havdalah.

Cinematek Forest Hills presents “Dough”
a film by John Goldschmidt.
Dough is sweet, often funny and always nonthreatening, a movie for those who wish the intractable realities of the world would just disappear.- NY Times 

Saturday, December 17,  7:30 PM at FHJC ~  Admission $10

A special meeting of the Forest Hills Jewish Center Membership is being called by the President, Jack Gostl on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 8 PM.  The purpose of this meeting is to vote on the proposal to amend the synagogue's Constitution and By-Laws.  Members may call or email the Synagogue office( 718-263-7000 x 200, to have a pdf of the proposed constitution emailed, and a printed copy will be available by request to those without internet access,

In addition to taking a vote on the proposed constitution, we will also offer a report on the progress of our building development project.
Respectfully submitted,

Randi Zwick-Marks, Secretary

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 ~ Ilana Altman ~ Deborah Ball Witlin ~
 Candice Koerner ~ Mollie Mandel ~Romi Narov ~ 
Rae Theise Kerzner ~Warren Wankoff
We hope you'll plan to join us.

Save The Dates 
Shiva Minyan Breakfast
Sunday Jan 8, 2017  at 9 AM
Co-ChairsHal Berkowitz and Allan Rolnick
Coffee House, January 21, 2017

 Adult Education at FHJC
Rabbi Skolnik’s Thursday morning Talmud class -
   12/1, 12/8, and 12/15, after morning minyan in the Rabbi’s office. There will be a light breakfast. The text will be Chapter 4 of Tractate B’rakhot, dealing with issues related to Jewish prayer, and the political structure of rabbinic leadership in Talmudic times.

Monday evening Talmud class  on   12/5, and 12/12, at 7:45 PM after the evening minyan, in the Little Synagogue.

Join Hazzan Rosenblum's class "The Essential Torah Reader" for beginners and good readers who wish to become expert readers by learning both Tropes and Biblical Grammar.  Wednesday at 7:45 PM after evening minyan in the Little Synagogue. The dates for the remainder of 2016 are 12/7 and 12/14.

Rabbi Simeon is back too! Now that the chagim are finally over, it’s time to start learning together again. This year, to coincide with the beginning of our Torah reading cycle, we are going to be studying Bereshit Rabbah, the classical compilation of midrashim on the book of Genesis. Come learn what the rabbis had to say about the creation of the universe, the expulsion from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the Binding of Isaac and much, much more.  Studying Bereshit Rabbah is an excellent way to begin the study of midrash, and will hopefully add great depth to the way you think about Genesis. We will be meeting on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM in room 110. I’m looking forward to learning with you! 

Calling all Center Members 
Celebrate Our Annual Torah Fund Brunch Sunday, December 4, 10:30 AM  RSVP: Monday, November 28    
Join us when we honor our Torah Fund Woman of Achievement, Judy Beizer, and we feature, Karen Stein, as our guest speaker.  Celebrate their contributions within our community as we raise funds for the Torah Fund Campaign. The Torah Fund Campaign provides financial support to the seminaries that educate our movement’s future rabbis, cantors, educators, chaplains, camp directors, scholars, and innovative thinkers.  For more information, please contact event chairwomen:  Miriam Chait, 718.275.9345; Anise Parnes, 646.282.8166; or Shirley Rossman Zucker, 718.793.5671. 
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.

Masbia Rego Park is open again and in need of 
volunteers so we are recruiting volunteers from FHJC again. Our 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































Mazal Tov to 

Michelle and Ron Amram, Max and Alexa, on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter and sister, Zoe,

this Shabbat.


Schedule of Services

Thursday,December 1
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
6:45 AM; 7:30 PM
Friday, December 2
7 AM, 4:10 PM 
Candle Lighting: 
4:11 PM

Saturday, December 3
9 AM, 4:05 PM

Sunday,December 4
8:20 AM; 4:10 PM

Monday - Thursday
December 5 - 8
7 AM;  7:30 PM

Friday December 9
7 AM; 5:30 PM 
Candle lighting 4:10 PM

The Hebrew 
Literature Group 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 12/10/16, 1/14/17, 2/18/17, 3/18/17, 4/22/17, 5/13/17, and 6/10/17. Come join us!

Kids Kongregation with Morah Riki for children ages  6 and under, this Shabbat, at 10:45 in Room M4. 

Jr. Cong this Shabbat.
 at 10:15 in the Little Synagogue, will continue our B’reisheit Crush Saga!

Learn Torah as you’ve never learned before as we journey through each Parsha and conquer challenges along the way.  It’s a trip you won’t forget!

For 1st -6th graders at 10:15 AM in the Little Synagogue.

Men’s Club Notice Please support the FHJC Men’s Club. Dues $40. We’re always looking for new ideas. We meet on the 3rd or 13th of the month at Carlos and Gabby’s on Main St, Kew Garden Hills. 

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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