Executive Board

Romi has been a member of the synagogue for over 36 years and has served in the past on the Executive Board of the Forest Hills Jewish Center as VP of Education. Romi was a very active member of the Parents Association of the Religious School and Nursery School at FHJC and served a full term as President of PA.  She served a number of terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the New Building Steering Committee. 

Romi Narov is a graduate of the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, and has been a practicing professional engineer in New York for many years. She has served as president of the New York Association of Consulting Engineers and also served on the board of directors of the NYC Building Congress and The Concrete Industry Board.

Romi is a proud mother to Hilla, Danielle and Michele who are all graduates of the Nursery and Religious  Schools at The Forest Hills Jewish Center. Hilla s a graduate of GWU and The Brooklyn Law School. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds an MBA from Columbia University and Michele is also a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Romi is the grandmother of Samuel Hudson Boley who is a third grader at The Little Red School House in Manhattan. 

Deborah Ball Witlin currently serves as VP of Fundraising of the Forest Hills Jewish Center’s Executive Board.  Previously, she served on the Board of Trustees and as Secretary.  Several years ago, she oversaw the redrafting the synagogue’s Constitution.  

Deborah is married to Andrew Witlin, who also serves as a board member. She is the mother of Benjamin Witlin, who attended nursery school at the Forest Hills Jewish Center.  He graduated from Solomon Schechter School of Queens and Ramaz Upper School.  He is currently a Junior at Boston University.

Deborah attended SUNY Albany where she received her BA and MA.  She graduated from Brooklyn Law School.  Deborah is an attorney in private practice, focusing on the areas of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates.  She is an active member of the NYSBA Elder Law Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Elder Abuse Committee.

Carrie has been a member of the FHJC for close to 25 years. Over the years, Carrie has been involved in Education at FHJC in various ways. She ran the parent-infant Drop-in Center; co-chaired Chaverim – the young couples group; organized babysitting for the High Holidays; chaired the annual Youth Shabbat; and currently organizes the annual FHJC Passover Second Seder for members. She has served on the Board of Trustees for multiple terms. Professionally, Carrie left her corporate job at Revlon as a Market Research Director many years ago to stay home with her children. 

Carrie and her husband, George, have two children, both of whom are graduates of the FHJC Nursery School (and Kindergarten), as well as graduates of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, Schechter High School of Long Island, and proud USY alumni. Ellen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University and is currently in graduate school at the University of Maryland. Sam is currently a sophomore at the University at Buffalo.

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.

Eric Kober is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He retired in 2017 as director of housing, economic and infrastructure planning at the New York City Department of City Planning. He was Visiting Scholar at NYU Wagner School of Public Service and senior research scholar at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at the Wagner School from January 2018 through August 2019.  He has master’s degrees in business administration from the Stern School of Business at NYU and in public and international affairs from the  School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Eric is married to Laurie Lax, a psychologist in private practice.  Eric and Laurie’s daughter, Hannah, is studying for a Ph.D in Educational Linguistics with a concentration in Jewish Studies at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

David Cavill is the Treasurer of the Forest Hills Jewish Center. He is a graduate of JTS’s undergraduate Joint Program with Columbia University. He studied at Yale Divinity School to earn the degree of Master of Divinity and was ordained as a rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion. David teaches at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, is the Controller of the New York City Audubon Society, and is an expert in non-profit finance and management.

With a background in mathematics and computer science, Robert began on Wall Street in interest-rate research. After about 10 years in research, Robert moved to trading interest-rate derivatives and was globally responsible for new and exotic derivative products at the Union Bank of Switzerland. Robert then spent the next  10 years providing consulting services to start-up hedge funds. He is now a VP in the Corporate Trust division of the Bank of New York Mellon.