2020 Updates

Effective immediately until further notice, all religious prayer services at the Forest Hills Jewish Center (i.e. morning and evening daily minyan and Shabbat services) are suspended; there will be no religious services in our building. This is, of course, part of the ever-expanding effort in our city to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Please note:

  • Religious School classes are now being held on-line.  Contact Jessica Braginsky at jbraginsky@fhjc.org for more information.
  • Nursery School is closed with online learning happening each day. 
  • The pool is closed for member swims.
  • The Selfhelp Senior Center is distributing meals to go from 11:30am – 1 pm., No classes or communal eating.
  • Soccer and swim schools are closed.

Daily Torah Study with Rabbi Skolnik – Sunday-Thursday, 7:30 PM — Join Zoom Meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/3136615643  
Phone audio access: 646-558-8656 (*Mourner’s Kaddish will be recited at the end of the Torah Study.)

Friday evening – Pre-Shabbat with Hazzan Rosenblum – 6:00 PM –
Join Zoom Link here: https://zoom.us/j/3136615643 
Phone audio access: 646-558-8656 Click here for to view 
Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv pages from the Siddur Lev Shalem. 

Shabbat morning Torah Study with Rabbi Skolnik – 10:30 AM 
Join Zoom Link here: https://zoom.us/j/3136615643
Phone audio access: 646-558-8656

Saturday evening – Havdallah – Saturday, April 4, 8:05 PM – Join Zoom link here: https://zoom.us/j/3136615643  
Phone audio access: 646-558-8656 Click here for to view 
Saturday night and havdallah pages from the Siddur Lev Shalem. 

New! Seder Melodies! Click here to find links to Seder melodies from Hazzan Rosenblum.

Click here to read Rabbi Skolnik’s Message to the Community.

Please click here for a link to LiveStreaming Services, Torah Study and More. With thanks to Rabbi Karen Reiss Medwed for compiling this resource. Click here for a list of additional LiveStreaming Services from the WLCJ.

YOM HASHOAH — Monday April 20, Virtual Commemoration

Please join us via ZOOM for our annual observance of Yom Hashoah on Monday evening, April 20 at 7:30PM. Our featured speaker will be Jack Leibler, a past president of the FHJC. Jack endured a harrowing start to his life. He was born in Belgium at the onset of WW II, and the story of how he and his family finally arrived in the United States is one of peril, endurance and more than a little mazel. 
We will also be lighting memorial candles virtually, and reciting El Malah Rachamim and joint Kaddish.
With each passing year, this program becomes increasingly important. Please honor those whom we lost by spending the evening with us. Please see ZOOM link on page 3.

How are you feeling?  Stressed?  Worried?  Let’s talk about it.  Join Mitchell Frank, FHJC member and psychologist, for a Zoom forum.  Mitchell is known for careful listening, with an openness to meet people where they are.
De-stress with Mitchell Frank and Ariela Frieder
Monday, March 30th at 12:00 PM   
Join Zoom Meeting –https://zoom.us/j/4752123553 Meeting ID: 475 212 3553, Dial by your location 929-205-6099

All those interested in connecting to other members please join our outreach response! 
—–>  For those who would like a hand please- Click Here.
—–>  For those who have the ability to offer any kind of outreach or assistance – Click Here.
This effort will be on-going and I would love to have help in making matches too. I am happy to hear more suggestions! Let’s come together as a community to help each other!
Be well, 
Jessica Braginsky, Director of Education and Engagement

https://www.timesofisrael.com/stuck-at-home-jerusalem-neighbors-join-in-balcony-sing-a-long/
It was a spontaneous singalong from the balconies of a Jerusalem block on Sunday evening, as musician Ran Yehoshua led his neighbors in a round of “Bashana Haba’a” (Next Year), the classic Israeli song of hope amid crisis. Read more here.