This year we are honoring Rabbi Gerald Skolnik and Robin Segal Skolnik at our Annual Gala Journal Event which will take place virtually on March 14, 2021.

Rabbi Skolnik is celebrating his 40th year as the spiritual leader of our community, a remarkable milestone. Our community has been immeasurably enriched as the Rabbi and Robin shared our most joyous moments and consoled us during times of individual and community-wide loss. Whether it has been with acts of kindness, a gesture, insightful words of Torah, or just simply a hug, the Rabbi and Robin have been a resource for all of us seeking guidance, a shoulder to lean on or an answer when words fail us and we find even asking the question difficult.

In the greater Jewish community their outstanding work has contributed so much to so many. Rabbi Skolnik is a past President of the Rabbinical Assembly, the 1700-member international organization of Conservative rabbis, a Vice-President of the Zamir Choral Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Masorti and Masorti Olami Foundations and UJA/Federation. Robin is recognized for her passionate work as Middle School Librarian at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Manhattan. She is an outspoken supporter of Israel and Camp Ramah, and cares deeply about Judaism, our Jewish community and educational issues. As a member of the Committee on Education of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, she was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the annual eighth- grade trip to Israel, and in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic,

Robin has spent countless days ensuring that the FHJC family is fully engaged on a virtual platform.

Our Annual Gala Journal Event this year will be unlike anything we have ever done before. We are planning a joyous celebration worthy of the honor we are bestowing on the Skolniks, and we hope that every member of FHJC will join us to show them our respect and appreciation. Your support of the journal which will accompany this celebration recognizes Rabbi Skolnik and Robin’s countless and boundless contributions to our community and to every member of FHJC.

We thank you in advance for generously giving and soliciting ads for this journal in their honor.

With warmest wishes,

The Current and Past Presidents of Forest Hills Jewish Center:

Ilana Altman, Matt Beizer, Henry Burger, Joe Fox, Jack Gostl, Temma Kingsley, Haskell Klaristenfeld, Carl Koerner,

Jack Leibler, Valerie Leibler, Romi Narov, Mark Raphael and Meir Toshav.