Religious School

The Forest Hills Jewish Center Religious School, formally recognized by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism as a Framework of Excellence School, is a vibrant community where Judaism is lived and learned by our students and their families. We provide students with the skills needed to function as responsible and knowledgeable Conservative Jews both at home and in the synagogue.

Students achieve Hebrew reading competency which allows them access to both the siddur and Hebrew as a modern language. Students and their families have the opportunity to participate in Junior Congregation, holiday celebrations, and family learning. Jewish music and art are also  important parts of our program.

The Religious School is associated with the Jewish Theological Seminary Prozdor Program. Our high school students have the opportunity to learn with students throughout Queens and to benefit from both our own and JTS’s resources.

School meets on Sundays and Tuesdays; hours and times are determined by class and age.

For more information about the Religious School, contact Lynn Lancaster, Director of Congregational Education or Philip Dickstein, Religious School Assistant Director.

Free first year tuition for children entering the Religious School at Kindergarten or First Grade.

Scholarship Brochure

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Hebrew academy tuition contract 2018-2019

2017-2018 Religious School Calendar






Lynn Lancaster, Director of Congregational Education, has been a Jewish educator for more than 2 decades.  She has a B.A. from SUNY in Comparative Religion and Education, a certificate in Family Education from Touro College and is a graduate of the Principals Leadership Institute. Lynn has been a mentor for the past seven years in the JTS/HUC Leadership Institute and serves on its advisory board.

Philip Dickstein, Assistant Director of the Religious School/Program Director, has spent the last 35 years loving working with Jewish children in a variety of school settings, including leadership positions in two Solomon Schechter Day Schools and teacher and administrator in the congregation schools.  He is a graduate of JTS and Columbia University.  He earned a Master’s Degree at Hebrew College in Boston and completed all course work in the EdD program at Hofstra University. Philip’s vision includes giving all children the agency to make a positive difference in our world.  He brings a life-long commitment to the joy of Jewish celebration.  Philip lives on Long Island and is married to Shellie Dickstein.  With three grown children, they are the grandparents to two wonderful granddaughters.