Shabbat Shalom ~ November 25, 2017; 7 Kislev 5778

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

For the past two years, the FHJC community has been so generous in supporting Sisterhood's donation drives on behalf of Transition House shelter for victims of domestic violence. Your generosity has made us the largest in-kind donor to this worthy facility. This time of year is often particularly difficult for these families whose children range from infants to teenagers. We know we can count on your generosity as in the past. Please donate before December 12 by dropping things in the big white box on the landing behind security. We will not accept donations  after these dates. Thank you, Marcia Belgorod, Debra Weil, 
FHJC Sisterhood

Heshvan is Jewish Book Month. 
FHJC Sisterhood will  host a book discussion led by Robin Skolnik oNovember 30 at 8pm about The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levy.  Join us for an interesting glimpse of life in Jerusalem and Israel in the early 20th century.

Take a tour of the Neue Gallery with personal guide, Center member and professional docent, Candice Koerner. Thursday, November 30, 11 AM. $20 (payable to FHJC as a donation) + admission. 
Space is limited to 15 people on a first respond basis. Contact Candice
 if you’re interested. 

Men's Club Presents
Rock and Roll evening,
on Saturday, December 2nd, at 8:00 PM, in the Heller Ballroom. The popular NYC band ‘Nite Brigade’ will be playing our favorite tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. As, has been the case in prior years, we plan to have several members of our congregation sing a few numbers.Tickets are $20 per person (with a buy three and get a fourth ticket free offer). Snacks beverages are complimentary and BYOB is also there for you. For information and ticket purchase please contact Myron at or 917 626-8900

FHJC Annual Shabbaton,
  Fri & Sat. December 8 - 9. 
Following Kabbalat Shabbat services, there will be a traditional Shabbat dinner (by reservation only). Keynote Presentation on Friday at 7:45 PM– The Death of Debate and the Rise of Hate, presented by Jonathan Vick (open to all). Shabbat morning services will be followed by a cholent kiddush. There are 8 different classes to choose from for afternoon study, with  childcare available. Rabbi Skolnik will give the final presentation during Seudah S’lishit. We will conclude Shabbat with Ma’ariv at 5:30 PM and a musical Havdalah.

The Shabbaton expenses are sponsored by some of our generous members. If you would like to be included in the list of sponsors on the day of the program, please contact Judy Gostl judy.gostl@gmail.comRSVP by Tuesday, December 5 by returning the form to the FHJC Office, or online here

Join us on Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 AM in the Heller Ballroom for 
The Chanukah Miracle
as performed live by 'Yeladudes', a unique and interactive bi-lingual theatre troupe. 

 "The Chanukah Miracle" tells the Chanukah story with a beautiful anti-bullying message in a fun, interactive 45 minute adventureThe kids get to go back in time, visit the Holy Temple in Jerusalem – the Beit Hamikdash, and light the Menorah. The lessons of Chanukah are used to teach important life lessons about anti-bullying and true friendship.

 Members of FHJC and FHJC Nursery and Religious School families are invited as our guests. Children in FHJC Religious School will attend with their classes. For ages 3 -10. $7 in advance at or $10 at the door. 

FHJC Sisterhood will be making chamsaot (good luck charms in shape of hand) to start the New Year of 5778. Join us on Monday, December 11  after minyan to make a chamsa and learn about Birkat Habayit - Blessing Our Homes.  
Come down to express your creativity, meet new friends, and catch up with all the people you’ve been waving to across the Sanctuary.  


The Aron Kodesh, the Torah ark, at the Forest Hills Jewish Center was designed by the late, renowned artist Arthur Szyk. It was his first work for a synagogue.  Architectural critics and historians assert that it is one of the most phenomenal works of Judaic art from the 20th century.  However, most of his intricate art was politically-motivated.  The current exhibit at the New York Historical Society explores that segment of his work. Join the FHJC Sisterhood on Sunday, January 14 at 2 pm for a visit and guided tour led by Irvin Ungar, curator of the Arthur Szyk Society. Advnace reservations are required and admission is limited to 15 people. $20 per person. Please respond to
Hazzan Rosenblum is teaching a beginners Hebrew class in Hebrew reading for those who have always wanted to learn but never seized the moment. Here is your opportunity! In just 7 lessons you can learn to read. Tuesday evenings, starting November 7, after minyan.

Thursday morning Talmud Study with Rabbi Skolnik
has resumed, immediately following the morning minyan.

Rabbi Skolnik’s evening Adult Education class continues on Monday evenings,  immediately following the evening Minyan in the Little Synagogue. The class will be an exploration of the “Classic Israeli Songbook,” focusing on both music and lyrics of some of Israel’s best-known and best-loved songs. Hebrew is helpful, but not necessary, as there will be transliteration. Come sing with  with Rabbi Skolnik! 

Sisterhood Presents 
Walking, Posture, and Balance 
with Gerald Padilla, PT, DPT, CPT .
Walking, Posture and Balance meets on Tues & Weds,10:45–11:45 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. Please sign up at
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.

Forest Hills Jewish Center 
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


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































We record with sorrow 
the passing of 
Burton Goodman, 
beloved father of Center member 
Jill Mohrer. 
May his memory be a blessing.

Mazal tov to 
Abby Chase 
on being inducted into Ashrei Academy this Shabbat.

Schedule of Services

November 22
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Day
8:20 AM; 
There will not be minyan on Thursday evening.

Friday, November 24
7 AM; 4:15 PM
Candles 4:14 PM

Saturday, November 25
9 AM; 4:15 PM

Sunday, November 26
8:20 AM; 4:15 PM

Monday - Thursday
November 27 -30
7 AM; 7:30 PM

Friday, December 1
7 AM; 4:10 PM
Candles 4:11 PM

 Kids Kong on Shabbat morning  for children 2-6 years in M4 at 10:45 AM 

Junior Cong:
 will be held in the Little Synagogue for children  grades 1-6 at 10:15 AM

The gym will be open for Play in the Gym
on Shabbat Afternoon, November 25 

from 3 - 5  pm, for children 3rd grade and under, accompanied by a parent.

Hebrew Literature Group meets on Shabbat,  after services, at 12:30 pm, in Hazzan Rosenblum's office. Come join us!  

Upcoming dates:
January 13, 
February 10, 
March 10,
April 14, 
May 12, 
June 16
All selections are in Hebrew with English translation. 
Mitchell Frank, Chair

FHJC Youth has an
exciting December planned!!!!

 Sunday, December 3
Sababa Skates
Join us for Ice Skating at Bryant Park!!! Grades 5-12.
Depart from FHJC at  ~11:30 AM, Return to FH at about 3:30 PM.
We will be taking public transportation. You will need a metrocard. Please register through this link and let Karen know you are coming at
Cost is $20 if you register before 11/26, or $25 after.
(** Additional chaperones needed - please contact Karen to volunteer.)

 Thursday, December 7
Kadima Pre-Hanukkah Party
Grades 5-7th; 6:00-7:30 PM
Games and Fun!  $5. 
Please RSVP to Adam at by December 5. 

Friday, December 8
FHJC Shabbaton - Teen Shabbat Dinner
Join us at our special teen table at the FHJC Shabbaton
Grades 8-12
Kabbalat Shabbat starts at 5 PM, followed by dinner by reservation onlySpecial price for teens joining us at our table - $18
Please RSVP for the Teen Table to Karen at by December 5.
The evening's speaker - Jonathan Vick from the Anti Defamation League will be speaking about The Death of Debate and the Rise of Hate. Families are invited to RSVP at (Age 13 and up—$30 per person / Age 4-12—$10 per person) 

Thursday, December 14
USY Hanukkah Party
Grades 8-12; 6:30-8:00 PM
Games and Fun!  $5. 
Please RSVP to Karen at by December 12.

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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We're excited, we're ready and we're singing.  Come join the new youth choir (3rd grade and up) at FHJC this school year.  We have an opportunity to sing at the Interfaith Thanksgiving program, Youth Shabbat, Shabbat and other holiday programming.  We want to hear from any and all who are interested so we can start getting ready. Click on these links 
I Want to Sing!
 to hear soundbites of some of our talented FHJC youth from this past June and if you have any questions, let us know.  

 Hazzan Rosenblum, Marcy Mirkin, Heidi Rolnick.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