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

December 7-8-Shabbaton

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.

November 18

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 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:

Understanding Depression
How Can Our Synagogues Help?Sunday, November 4, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, EST
Keynote presention by Dr. Sam KlagsbrunDr. Klagsbrun is a leading New York psychiatrist, affiliated with Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.Presenter, FHJC member Steven Topal will address How Depression Impacts Families.
Break-out sessions will follow the presentations.
For more information please contact Rabbi Gerald Skolnik
at or call the FHJC office 718 263 7000
Admission is free and open to the public
This program is underwritten by the Arlene Topal Creative Arts Fund

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

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.

The Challah with a Twist!
Challah Baking Class at FHJC with Chana the Challah Girl. Come join your fellow members and friends for an awesome night of fun, learning and baking. You’ll take home at least 2 loaves of challah and learn techniques and tips to make them yourself at home! Chana will also share the brachot and special mitzvah around challah baking. Details! Where: FHJC Crystal room When: Thursday, April 26th, 6:30-8:30 Reserve and Pay: By 4/17th
How: Drop check for $36 to FHJC (memo line “challah”) in the office -there is a box labeled “challah”. This is a super special, fun evening~ If you came the last time-come again!

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 or Deborah Ball Witlin for more information

FHJC Sisterhood Presents
The Daytime Readers: People who love to read and talk about books.
The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo
May 3, 2018 – 1:30 PM, Room 110.

There will be cookies! Couvert – $3 members & nonmembers

RSVP: 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.

Shabbat Zimriyah!

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 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:

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.


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.
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.

Rock n Roll Night

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

Sisterhood Chamsa Making Evening

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.

Family Shabbat Dinner

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

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 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 Please indicate whether you need a ride or can provide transportation. Join us! David Zipkowitz, Event Coordinator

Special Shabbat and Pre-Slichot Programborowitz
Join us on Shabbat, September 24 for a Special Shabbat and Pre‐Selichot Program, when we will be honored to host Guest Speaker 
RABBI MARK BOROVITZ, speaking about Teshuvah: Judaism’s Answer to the Myth of Perfection
Rabbi  Borovitz is the senior Rabbi and co-founder of Beit T’shuvah, the unique and remarkable Jewish addiction treatment center and synagogue community in Los Angeles. World renowned for creating a new paradigm for those seeking to emerge from the darkness to a life of faith and recovery, Rabbi Borovitz used his own personal struggle with crime and substance abuse to teach others in need that change is possible, and we all have a higher purpose. He is, in every way, a remarkable and inspiring personality. Rabbi Borovitz will deliver the sermon on the morning of September 24, and will also lead our pre-Selichot workshop that evening. The program will begin at 8:30 PM, preceded by coffee and cake. The Selichot service will begin at 10:00 PM. We hope you’ll join us to take advantage of this very special opportunity. And if you know a family member or friend who would benefit from hearing Rabbi Borovitz speak… please bring him/her along! The Selichot service inaugurates the High Holiday season in the spirit of introspection and t’shuvah.
Workshop and Collation sponsored by the Minyan Club.
Sisterhood Wine & Cheese Tasting Event
Wine Cheese Tasting Revised 2016 - 2 (2)
 Kabbalat Shabbat Picnic!
Mark your calendars for this great evening.
Coffee House  — Sunday, March 6
12th Annual FHJC Purim Carnival!– Sunday, March 20
Purim CarnivalPurim Carnival 2016 Flyer
Cinematek Forest Hills Presents… He gets you what you need…not what you want
                           The Matchmaker A film by Avi Nesher
Arik, a teenage boy growing up in 1968 Haifa, gets a job working for Yankele Bride a matchmaker and mysterious Holocaust survivor, who has an office in back of a movie theater, that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port . Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, and the disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher’s film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen before. . Winner of 4 2010 Ophir (Israeli Academy) Awards (10 nominations)including Best Actor (Adir Miller), Best Actress (Maya Dagan) .
Saturday, March 26, 2016, 9:00 PM
Forest Hills Jewish Center 
106-66 Queens Blvd. Tickets: $10.00    
See this link for details: Ballad of the Weeping Spring
Let’s Rock ‘N Roll – Elvis Presley dance party –Cocktails, food & dancing to the sounds of the ‘50’s & ‘60’s, Saturday evening, January 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM here at FHJC. $54 per person. RSVP to Raffle with $3600 cash prize. Contact 718.263.7000 ext 203 for more information/ to enter.
Mord1Artist-in-Residence – November 19 – 22, 2015
Mark your calendar to join us for this rare opportunity to meet the world-renowned Jewish artist and calligrapher,  Mordechai Rosenstein, who will entertain and enlighten us throughout the weekend. Click here for more information.
Family Shabbat Dinner! Friday, November 13, 2015
Shabbat Dinner-Revised
Presented by United Parents. Join us at 5pm for a special Family Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by dinner at 6pm. There will be a magician after dinner for children (ages 2-10 yrs). Adults – $20, Children (2-12) – $10. RSVP by November 9 to
Chesed Event – Clean Up at Silver Lake Cemetery. Sunday, November 8, 2015
Thank you to David Zipkowitz for coordinating this event and to our volunteers who worked so hard. This was a great way for FHJC to take part in Cheshvan, Jewish Social Action Month.
See these links for pictures!cemetery1pdf cemetery2
Cantors Cabaret at Forest Hills Jewish Center! Sunday, November 1, 2015
An Eclectic concert of Israeli, Cantorial and American Favorites featuring Hazzan Henry Rosenblum with Cantor David Perper and Cantor Shira lIssek, and accompanied by Joyce Rosenzweig. Admission – Sponsor ($100, includes 1 ticket and listing in the event program, private reception), General Admission ($18), Children 16 and under ($10) Maximum $50 per family. RSVP to or call 718.263.7000 x203.cantors cabaret
United Parents hosted a Welcome Back Picnic in Cunningham Park on Sunday, September 20th for Religious School and Nursery School families. The event was so much fun!
On Monday, July 27, 2015, The Forest Hills Jewish Center had a Tennis Outing at the West Side Tennis Club. We thank all who helped to organize, participated and donated – it truly made for a successful and fun event!
Pictures of the event can be found here:
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