Executive Board

Jack Gostl, President

Jack Gostl has been president of the Forest Hills Jewish Center since 2014. He has been a member of the FHJC Board of Trustees since 2002 and served a term as vice-president in which office he undertook major improvements to the building’s heating, lighting, and security. Jack was born in Manhattan, grew up in the Bronx and attended the Bronx High School of Science. He graduated from the NYU School of Engineering with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering. After spending several years teaching at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, Jack co-founded ARGOS Computer Systems. In 2004, he founded TransVirtual Systems and in 2008 he founded Trusted Data Solutions. He has also published technical papers in several computer industry journals.

Jack and his wife, Judy, are the proud parents of Karoline and Rachel, both products of the Forest Hills Jewish Center Religious School. Karoline received a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is currently a practicing acupuncturist with offices in Forest Hills and Manhattan. Rachel  trained at Atelier Esthetique and is now a practicing esthetician. 

Jack’s first major role in shul leadership was to take over the responsibility of FHJC’s computers. He designed the first FHJC website and currently manages the FHJC listserve. The FHJC e-mail, listserve, and website are hosted on his company’s computers. In 2013, Jack was the honoree at FHJC’s Journal Dinner Dance. 

Helaine Fox, VP Membership

Helaine Fox currently serves as VP of Membership of the Forest Hills Jewish Center’s Executive Board.  Previously, she served as co-chair along with her husband Joe Fox, past president of FHJC, of the Annual Gala Dinner Dance and UJA and has chaired many Search committees, Holiday Programming and other fun membership endeavors.  Professionally, Helaine is the SVP of Human Resources for Interim Healthcare and has lead human resources departments for many healthcare and social service not-for-profit organizations.

Helaine and Joe have been members of FHJC for over twenty years and are the proud parents of Josh, a labor and employment associate at Proskauer, and Stephanie, a 7th grade Writing Teacher for a charter school in Brownsville.  They both graduated from the Solomon Schechter School of Queens and are Ramah and USY alums.  Josh and his wife Jill are responsible for their amazing granddaughter Zoey Aviva who is comfortable going up and down the aisles of the sanctuary during High Holiday services.

Felicia Leeman, VP Administration

Felicia Leeman currently serves as VP of Administration of the Forest Hills Jewish Center’s Executive Board.  She has been a member of the synagogue for over 20 years and has served prior terms as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Felicia is married to Benjamin Leeman, and is the mother of Jessica, Rebecca and Joshua, all of whom attended the Forest Hills Jewish Center Nursery School, were active in the synagogue’s youth groups, and attended the Solomon Schechter School of Queens and Camp Ramah.  Currently, Jessica is a graduate student at the Bank Street School of Education; Rebecca is a Junior at the University of Michigan and Joshua is a Sophomore at the Schechter School Of Long Island.

Felicia, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Boston University School of Law, is the Deputy General Counsel of the New York City Department of Buildings and recipient of the 2016 Magdi Mossad Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Pauline Raphael, VP Fundraising

Pauline Raphael and her husband Mark have been active members of FHJC for more than twenty years, serving in almost every possible capacity. Pauline is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in sociology. She worked in advertising prior to starting her family and becoming a full time stay at home mom. Deciding upon Forest Hills Jewish Center for her children’s early childhood education was the beginning of the family’s affiliation. Pauline worked her way up the ranks of the Parents’ Association, serving finally as co-president, and is currently serving her second term on the Executive Board, this time as VP for Fundraising.

Pauline also serves as a cabinet member of the Interboro Women’s Philanthropy of UJA-NY.

Richard Chase, VP Education

Richard Chase currently serves as the Vice President of Education of the Forest Hills Jewish Center’s Executive Board.  Previously, he was a member of the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board.  Richard is an attorney who works for Justice Carmen R. Velasquez in the Supreme Court, Queens County.  He also teaches law classes in the Professional and Continuing Studies Department of Queens College.

Richard and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of eight-year old twins, Jacob and Abigail, who are students at PS 196 in Queens and the Religious School of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Judy Zipkowitz, Treasurer

Judy Zipkowitz currently serves as Treasurer of the Forest Hills Jewish Center’s Executive Board. Previously she served as VP of Fundraising and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Judy is the Senior Director of Financial Planning at PR Newswire, an international media company.

Judy and her husband David, have 3 children, all of whom attended the Solomon Schechter School of Queens. Currently, Joshua is working as a Director of Concierge Services, at WAM Partners, Daniel is a freshman at the University of Maryland and Sarah is graduating SSSQ.

Randi Zwick Marks, Secretary