Effective immediately at least through March 29, 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.
Dancing Danny returns!
Israeli Dancing at FHJC continues into spring with a new 15-week series! Our group and our energy are both growing, so come join us on Tuesday nights for nights of beautiful Israeli music, great exercise, fun and exciting dance routines, and a Jewish religious and cultural experience, shared with a warm dance community. Dancing is from 7:50 – 9:50 PM, usually held in the Crystal Room. New Dancers and Beginners are welcome for the first hour…start on any Tuesday night during the series! No preregistration or prepayment necessary!
- General Admission: $15
- Beginners (the first hour): $10
- Seniors: $10
- New Dancers (any level): $10 — for each of the first two sessions attended
Contact Danny for more information DancingDanny5678@gmail.com
PAST EVENTS – Lots of exciting programs at FHJC!
November 30 – Teen Shabbat Dinner
December 4- Lights & Latkes
Join us for a communal Hanukkah candle lighting on Tuesday, December 4 at 6 PM in the Heller Family Ballroom. Singing, Dancing with Dancing Danny, Latkes and Sufganiyot. Please bring your own Hanukkiah and bring a can of food to be donated to City Harvest. $5 suggested donation. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our community as we come together to celebrate Shabbat. Click here to learn more and register.
Lit and Learn – November 17
Come check out “Lit and Learn”, our new Hebrew Literature Group for Hebrew beginners, which doubles as a workshop for learning some spoken Hebrew, and is led by Lisa Levy and Mitchell Frank .The next meeting of Lit and Learn will take place on Shabbat, November 17- at 12:30 pm, lasting about an hour. We’ll meet in Hazzan Rosenblum’s office.
Cinemetek Forest Hills – November 17
Cinematek Forest Hills presents: Bye, Bye, Germany, a refreshingly original, unpredictable tale about Jews trying to scam their way out of postwar Europe – part caper, part Holocaust drama, part buddy movie, part romance, and part melancholic comedy.Saturday, November 17, at 8 PM; $10; at FHJC.
Torah Fund Brunch – 10am
The Sisterhood of the Forest Hills Jewish Center– Featuring Guest Speaker-Jessica Braginsky, Director of Education and Engagement, Celebrating Our Woman of Achievement- Anise Parnes, Past Sisterhood President, Reservation: $54 (Couvert: $18, minimum suggested donation) , RSVP by Monday, November 12, Event Chairwomen: Anne Frankel and Shirley Rossman-Zucker
USY/Teen Volunteer Project–1:00-3:00 PM
Masbia Queens. Contact FHJCTeens@gmail.com for more info and to RSVP
Interfaith Service – 4:00 PM
Hosted by the Reform Temple of Forest Hills (71st Rd/ 112th St.), Be there with the entire Forest Hills community to lift our voices as one in Thanksgiving prayer and song! Refreshments following the service.
Sponsored by the Forest Hills Interfaith Dialogue
Understanding Depression – November 4
The Forest Hills Jewish Center in cooperation with UJA-Federation,
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, National Ramah Commission, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, and Camp Ramah in Nyack, presents a community-based response to a critical issue:
How Can Our Synagogues Help?Sunday, November 4, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, EST
at email@example.com or call the FHJC office 718 263 7000
Rosh Hodesh Elul:
A New You for a New Year
Sunday, August 12, 8:20 – 11:30 am
FHJC Sisterhood invites you to join us for a morning of prayer, study and self-improvement Begin with morning minyan, followed by a light breakfast.
Keynote speaker: Hazzan Rosenblum on “The Role of Music in the High Holiday Service” THEN Put Your Best Face Forward for the New Year: Do It Yourself Facials & Scrubs
$15 Sisterhood Members $20 Friends of Sisterhood – RSVP before August 5th: Sisterhood @FHJC.org
You are invited to join an informal evening of Torah study led by FHJC member, Rabbi David Cavill on Monday, August 13, right after evening minyan. We’ll continue to meet once a month, on the second Monday of the month to study various texts and traditions connected to the season of the year or other topics of interest. Torah study can be social as well as spiritual so please feel free to BYOB. Please come to minyan at 7:30 PM and stay for some friendly text study. Learners of any experience level are welcome.
If you’ve never come~it’s a blast! Don’t miss out! This special event is co-sponsored by FHJC Sisterhood and United Parents (UP), and is open to all members of the FHJC community, as well as the general FH public and SSSQ
Join us for another Instrumental Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday eveing, April 27 at 6:30 PM in the Little Synagogue. Join our little band with tambourines and shakers that we will provide. Instruments will be put away before Mizmor Shir – the prayer welcoming Shabbat. Contact Felicia Leeman firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah Ball Witlin email@example.com for more information
There will be cookies! Couvert – $3 members & nonmembers
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note in the Sisterhood mailbox.
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.
Cinematek Forest Hills presents Le Concert,
a film about the world-famous conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra, Andrey Simonovich Filipov, whose career was destroyed by Leonid Brezhnev for defending Jewish musicians. Reduced to working as a janitor in the theater where he once conducted, he learns that the Bolshoi orchestra has been invited to play in Paris and he decides to gather together his former musicians to perform in place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. Join us on Saturday evening, February 17 at 8 PM, $10.
What is a Shabbat Zimriyah? It is a song festival of traditional Shabbat songs.
Who will sing? Different groups within our synagogue community (Men’s Club, Sisterhood, Teens, Religious School and Day School students, Nursery, Board of Trustees, and others) are each learning one song, or will be soon! What if I can’t sing? It doesn’t matter! Shabbat Zimriyah is for everyone. What if I am not part of any particular group that is participating? Contact Felicia Leeman at email@example.com and we will find you a group to join for the event. When? March 3, immediately following Shabbat morning services at an enhanced Kiddush.
Save the date and plan to join us!
Scholar-in-Residence – February 9-10, 2018
February 9-10 The History of Chutzpah
Join us February 9-10, for our annual Scholar-in-Residence Program, once again made possible through the generous support of the Sevin family. Our guest this year will be Rabbi Dr. Ed Feinstein, the Senior Rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom Congregation in Encino, California. Rabbi Feinstein will be speaking three times throughout the weekend — Friday evening after dinner at 7:45 PM, during services Shabbat morning, and after a cholent Kiddush on Shabbat afternoon. (Childcare will be provided during the 3rd lecture.)
Dinner Friday evening by reservation. $30 for adults/ $10 for children 4-10 years / 3 and under, free. Follow this link to make an online reservation for the dinner: https://www.fhjc.org/education/adult-education/sir/
The Last Laugh
January 20, 8 PM at FHJC
“The Holocaust is the modern bar-setter for topics that by popular agreement are too grave to ever allow trivialization. Yet laughter, too, can be used to make serious points, and the frontiers of what constitutes “good taste” (or at least what doesn’t constitute unforgivably bad taste) continue to be pushed outward.”The Last Laugh”asks the question “Can Nazis and the Final Solution ever be funny? Should they be joked about?” A starry roster of comedians as well as several actual Holocaust survivors weigh in, providing a range of answers that underlines just how personal, and changeable, notions of humor and offense are” (Variety) .With Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, Susie Essman, Abraham Foxman, and many more.
COFFEE HOUSE 2018
Saturday — January 27 Doors open:
7PM — show starts at 7:30PM
Music, laughs, fun, BYOB! Brought to you by the FHJC Men’s Club and Membership Committee.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults 12 yrs and up — $20* Under 12 yrs old – free! *$25 per adult after January 15.
Yeladudes Presents The Chanukah Miracle
Sunday, December 17
Click HERE for more information.
Saturday, December 2
If you still enjoy music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s then this event is for you.
NITE BRIGADE a NYC band, will perform one night at Forest Hills Jewish Center.
Special promotion allows you to get four tickets for the price of three! That’s a $20 savings for a LIVE Rock n Roll show while supporting the FHJC Mens Club!
Snacks, Beverages, BYOB!
Click here to register
Monday, December 11
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.
Friday, November 17
Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 5:30 PM/ Dinner at 6:30 PM.
Adults $25 per person, Children age 2 – 12 $15 per child.
Magician Evan will be there to entertain children following dinner.
RSVP to the FHJC office by Nov 14
Contact the Center office to reserve your place at email@example.com
November 12 – Cemetery Clean Up Event
Every year FHJC brings teams of volunteers to help the Hebrew Free Burial Society during its community wide cemetery clean up event. You can learn more about the good work this group does here. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, November 12. We will leave FHJC at 9:00 and return at about 1:00. Teens needing community service hours are welcome.
Please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate. Be sure to include whether you can provide transportation or need a ride.
October 21 – Cinematek Forest Hills
Cinematek Forest Hills is coming back for a third season with new surprises (all on Saturday nights) starting on October 21, with “The Women’s Balcony.”“The Women’s Balcony” is a wise comedy/ drama and major Israeli hit about a small Mizrachi shul, a zealous rabbi and of course the women’s balcony. If you’ve missed this film’s theatrical run come see it with us. If you did see it in theaters, see it again and bring friends who missed it.
Sisterhood Presents Robin Skolnik to lead us in a discussion of The Beautiful Possible,
by Amy Gottlieb, on
Thursday, November 3, 8 PM after minyan.
This epic, enthralling debut novel follows a postwar love triangle between an American rabbi, his wife, and a German-Jewish refugee.
The FHJC Chessed Committee reminds you that Chesvan is Chesed Month! Join us on Sunday, November 13 -12 Chesvan for the 2016 Cemetery Clean-Up Event. Volunteers from FHJC and synagogues around the tri-state area will be helping to maintain the grounds at historic Silver Lake Cemetery, operated by the Hebrew Free Burial Society. Since the 1880s, the Society has provided low-cost and free burials to needy Jewish families. Our participation in this community-wide event ensures continued dignity. Our team of volunteers will be leaving FHJC at 9 AM and returning at approximately 1 PM. Sign up at email@example.com. Please indicate whether you need a ride or can provide transportation. Join us! David Zipkowitz, Event Coordinator