Executive Board

Ilana Altman currently serves as President of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.  Previously, she served as VP for Administration,  on the Board of Trustees, and as  co-chair of the Centers’ Youth Activities Committee. Ilana also and serves on the USCJ METNY District Youth Commission.  She is a salesperson specializing in corporate banking solutions.

Ilana and her husband Bill, have 3 children, all graduates of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens.  Currently,  Ariel is an attorney in Atlanta,  Aliza is a marketing professional in San Francisco and Joshua is a junior at the University of Michigan.

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.

David Zipkowitz currently serves as VP of Membership of the Forest Hills Jewish Center’s Executive Board.  He has been a member of the synagogue for over 25 years and has served prior terms as a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Board as Secretary and Treasurer.

David is married to Judy Zipkowitz, who has also served  on the Executive Board as Treasurer. She is currently Controller at Central Synagogue in Manhattan. Judy and David are the proud parents of Joshua, Daniel, and  Sarah, all of whom attended the Solomon Schecheter School of Queens , the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Joshua currently works for In the Know Experiences as Events and Concierge Manager, Daniel is a Junior at the University of  Maryland, and Sarah is a Junior at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School.

David is a graduate of  Binghamton University State University of New York and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He practices general and cosmetic dentistry in his office in Manhattan.

William (Bill) Regen currently serves as Treasurer of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.  Bill previously served on the Board of Trustees.  Bill was the Treasurer of his prior synagogue, Conservative Synagogue of Jamaica Estates. Bill is a CPA and an Attorney and is a partner in a midtown Manhattan CPA firm that he helped found in 1987.

Bill and his wife Lillian have two children; Joseph a fourth grade school teacher in Massachusetts, married to Amy a pediatric dentist and Marcia the corporate controller of a Manhattan restaurant company.  Both Joseph and Marcia graduated the Solomon Schechter School of Queens.

Helaine Fox currently serves as Secretary 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.