March-April-2013-Mes.. - Forest Hills Jewish Center



March-April-2013-Mes.. - Forest Hills Jewish Center
Vol. LXVIII No.4
March-April 2013 — Adar-Nissan-Iyar 5773
Two Annual Programming Highlights, Two Dates to Save…
Our annual observances of Yom Hashoah and Yom Ha’atzma’ut are invariably programs
of the highest quality that speak to who we are as a community and to what our core
values are. This year, that will certainly once again be the case…
Please reserve Sunday evening, April 7, at 7:30PM for our annual Yom Hashoah program. Our main speaker this year will be Center member Romi Narov, who will tell us
of her family’s Holocaust history—a history that has shaped her life—and also of the
impact of her return to Germany last summer with Hazzan Rosenblum on the Cantors
Assembly trip. Nagilah will also be performing, as well as our Hebrew High School students, and memorial prayers will be recited. Please be with us so that we might remember together.
And then, on Monday evening, April 15, we will be celebrating Yom Ha’atzma’ut—the
anniversary of Israel’s birth—with our annual Zimriyah, in loving memory of Arie Avidor, z”l. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Israel in song; come sing with us!
I look forward to sharing both of these programs with you.
Rabbi Skolnik
Join FHJC for a day of fun with
FHJC to celebrate Lag B’Omer
including the 2nd annual street
closing, food, fun and more! Stay
tuned for more info in the next
few weeks!
Spend the evening dancing to salsa rhythms, sipping
margaritas and mojitos, nibbling tasty Latin cuisine.
Take a salsa lesson, try your luck at the silent and
Chinese auctions, and sell your gold.
Special grand prize raffle of a trip to Israel or $5000
cash and only 200 tickets will be sold!
Saturday evening, March 9, 2013 at 8 PM in the Heller Ballroom
106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
Please join us for a fun-filled evening. $54 per person.
JUNE 2, 2013
Gala Journal
Dinner Dance
in honor of
Jack Gostl
Marla Cornejo and Michele Biletsky, Event Chairs
RSVP to [email protected]
or 718 263 7000 x203
Bring your gold and leave with more money
than you came with! Get cash for:
Broken Jewelry
Mismatched Jewelry
Unwanted Jewelry
Loose or Mounted Diamonds
Sterling Silver
Silver Coins
Sterling Flatware
Gold Coins
Class Rings
Estate Jewelry…
and much more!
S pec ial
pr e se n tatio n
C an tor Er no G ro sz
From the Rabbi’s Study
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
Thoughts on Passover
Regardless of any external events particular to a given year, the advent of
Passover fills us all with anticipation
and excitement. Beyond the physical
preparation that is so daunting- not at
all the part that we look forward tothere is the undeniably potent message of redemption that is central to
the holiday. Miavdut l’cherut…. From
enslavement to redemption! From the
bondage and misery of Egypt to the
promise of the Promised Land! It is a
message of hope in the face of despair, and of course of God’s
love even in the most difficult of circumstances. After a long and
cold winter, Pesach comes like the visit of a most welcome friend.
redeemed state. We are hardly in shackles, thank God, but we
still live in a world that is full of threat.
I could not help but be moved by the ease with which the Jews of
Paris move within the highest circles of French culture and society. They are as French as any French person can be, and they are
fully integrated into the life of today’s France. But lurking not all
that far beneath the surface is the constant fear that the kind of
senseless hatred and violence that struck them in Toulouse barely
a year ago might strike again. They are not truly free from fear,
though they desperately long to believe that their lives are as
good as they can be.
And even in Israel– especially in Israel, which is our historic
homeland, and whose creation was intended to once and for all
put an end to that kind of diasporaic concern– even in Israel, the
threat is always there. If it’s not Iran, it’s Egypt, and if it’s not
As most of you know, I spent close to two weeks in February visEgypt, it’s Syria, and if it’s not Syria…. The lurking sense of unease
iting the Jewish community in France– mostly in Paris itself, but
is always there.
also in Toulouse and Sarcelles– and then in Israel. I am still, as of
this writing, processing the total experience, and the remarkable We are so lucky to be living when we live, in a time when there is
encounters that I was privileged to have with the people that I an Israel, and when our lives in the diaspora are as rich and fulfilled as they are for us today. But the advent of Pesach reminds
met, both leaders and ordinary citizens.
us that we have a long way to go before the true promise of reOne thing, though, seems more clear to me than ever before,
demption is fulfilled. We have tasted the beginning of redempalthough I have said these words and thought these thoughts
tion; may we be privileged to taste the sweetness of the end!
countless times through the years. There is a fundamental difference between the redemption that we celebrate from ancient To all, a chag kasher v’sameach! May you enjoy a sweet and koEgypt– what the ancient rabbis referred to as Pesach d’Mitz- sher holiday.
rayim, the Passover of Egypt– and what they called Pesach Dorot,
The Passover of Generations, meaning that of the Messiah. One
is an historical event that launched our people as players onto Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
the world’s historical scene, beginning our history, as it were, and
the other is a messianic event that ends our history as we know
it, bringing with it ultimate redemption.
What we celebrate in just a few short days is the Passover from
Egypt- not the messianic Passover. We are not yet there. And
the main difference between the two is that having been freed
from the enslavement of Egypt, we are still, ultimately, in an unThe Message USPS 340-300 The Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375-4248. 718 263-7000, Fax: 718 520- 4369. Website: Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
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(Office Manager), Mara Silver-Smith (Youth Director). Officers: Joseph Fox
(President), Candice Koerner (Vice President), Al Krieger (Vice President), Sharon
Matzner (Vice President), Warren Wankoff (Vice President), William Regen
(Treasurer), Michael Abrams (Secretary). Arms: Men’s Club, Scott Sharinn
(President), Minyan Club, Betty Korb (President), Parents’ Association, Shoshanna
Segal (President), Sisterhood, Anise Parnes (President). Opinions expressed in The
Message are the authors’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Forest Hills
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Men's Club Shabbat
March 9, 2013
Men's Club Shabbat will be celebrated on
March 9, 2013. This is the Shabbat where
we thank Men's Club for its support of
Forest Hills Jewish Center during the year.
It will include a luncheon (by reservation
only) following kiddush. The guest speaker
at the luncheon will be Rabbi Stephen
Berkowitz. Rabbi Berkowitz is a member of
the rabbinic staff at the Mouvement Juif
Liberel of France, and will speak about Jewish life in France. The luncheon costs $18.
Reservations can made through the Center
office or by contacting David Zipkowitiz
at [email protected]
Notes from the Hazzan
Have you taken a
tour around our
FHJC website? I’ve
been spending some
time creating a new
section that I’m confident will become a
place of learning and
pure enjoyment for
you. Under my picture are the words: “Music for the Soul,”
just waiting for you to click on them. If you
do, you will be transported to a number of
voice files that are growing as you read
this. The site will continue to be enhanced
through the efforts of Edie Beer and Joe
Ginese but let me tell you what you will
find there at the moment.
Hazzan Henry R. Rosenblum
er Moshe Koussevitzky. Since many people
no longer have record players and have
not yet purchased cd’s of these great
artists, hopefully hearing their magnificent
voices and interpretations of prayers will
spur you to expand your personal music
I have also posted a lively version of L’Cha
Dodi by Yeshivat Yerushalayim. Here you
will hear a Hassidic version of the prayer
enhanced by instrumental accompaniment that although not intended for synagogue services can give you great pleasure
at home as you are preparing for Shabbat
on a Friday afternoon.
These postings will give you a way of
learning new Shabbat table songs while
also hearing beautiful arrangements of
In the days and weeks ahead this site will
begin to house items ranging from melodies for home rituals, melodies we sing in
services on Shabbat and holidays, songs of
the Seder, Synagogue skills and more. I
urge you to make the FHJC website a regular part of your weekly “on-line time.”
There is much for you to learn and so
much more for you to really enjoy. Let this
place truly become a site for nurturing
your soul.
Today I added a few Shabbat zemirot from B’Shalom,
a wonderful recording featuring my dear
Hazzan Henry R. Rosenblum
friend and colleague, Hazzan Alberto MizThere are Cantorial pieces by such great
rahi and the Western Wind ensemble.
Cantors as David Kusevitsky and his broth-
Remembering Eddie Berger...
As our calendar moves on towards the festival of Passover, and we prepare once
again to recite Yizkor for those we have
loved and lost, each of us must do the necessary spiritual “work” to insure that our
acts of memory for our beloved departed
are as significant as they should be. When
those we have loved exist only in the domain of memory, the job is ours to make
those memories alive and vibrant.
As a community, we also have a responsibility to remember. We have to insure that
those whose imprint on our congregational
life was, as it were, larger than life itself, be
remembered as well by all who share in
their legacy. It is in that context that I
wrote these few words to remember Eddie
Berger, past President of the Forest Hills
Jewish Center, who died just a few months
I’m not completely sure of this, but if my
memory serves me correctly, Eddie was,
other than Rabbi Bokser, z”l, the first person from the Forest Hills Jewish Center
family that I spoke with when I began the
process that ultimately brought me here.
He was the President of the congregation
when it was searching for a new Assistant
Rabbi. It was the very end of his term of
office, and Roy Clements, z”l, would soon
take his place. But it was Eddie who wel-
comed me here, Eddie who saw to Robin
and me finding a suitable place to live, and
Eddie who, to Robin’s and my surprise and
delight, took it upon himself to make sure
that we were comfortable here, and felt
welcomed in Forest Hills, and appreciated.
By Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
turned a large and
imposing sanctuary into a warm
shteibl. When Eddie caressed your
cheek and gave
I remember wondering how long that “kid
you a hug, all was
glove” treatment would last, but when Edwell with the
die died last fall, he still considered it a part
of his weekly routine to call me on Erev
Shabbat and wish me a gut Shabbes. That Eddie was a successful businessman, and a
was thirty-two years after we met. I came greatly loved family man as well. He knew
to realize—and appreciate anew every sorrow and hardship in his life, but he rose
week—that Eddie wasn’t making that call above it all to live a richly rewarding life.
because he had to. He was making that call But there is no doubt that the love that he
because he wanted to. He had so much had for this great synagogue was one of
love and respect for clergy, and for reli- the great and sustaining passions that gave
gious leadership, that what began as a re- his adult life meaning. Having escaped to
sponsibility turned into a deep and abiding the United States barely a step ahead of
friendship, which both he and I treasured. I the Nazis, from a very religious Hassidic
still wait for the phone to ring on Friday family, Eddie found himself a spiritual
home in the Forest Hills Jewish Center, and
he gave it—and its members—the full
But what was truly special about Eddie was
measure of his love and commitment. And
that the love and caring that he showed me
we were all very much the better for it.
was representative of the love and caring
he showed virtually everyone in the Forest Eddie—your place in our hearts and our
Hills Jewish Center family who got to know memory is secure, and it will endure forevhim. To be greeted by him on a Shabbat er. We loved you very much, and always
morning in shul was to feel his love, and to will. Y’heh zichro baruch; may his memory
feel his love was to feel nurtured and ac- be a source of blessing!
cepted. By the power of his personality, he
The President’s Pen
Punxsutawney Phil,
the famed groundhog, tells us that
spring is around the
corner. I couldn’t be
happier. The cold
and wintry weather
will soon give way
to warmer weather,
but hopefully not
the dramatic weather we have seen over
the past few years. Typically, spring is the
season of renewal and birth and we at the
Forest Hills Jewish Center look forward to
creatively reinvigorating our programs
and opportunities.
On March 9 we will join together for a
night of “Salsa,” learning the Latin form of
dance while raising funds for the Center in
a fun and enjoyable gathering. The Salsa
evening will present a special opportunity
to support the Center while at the
same time having a chance to win a trip
for two to Israel. For $100 you can have a
chance to win a trip to Israel or $5000.
You have to be in it to win, so please support the Center by joining us on March
9th and buying raffle tickets (and selling
them to your friends).
We are also very excited about our Annual Dinner Dance which will take place on
June 2nd when we honor Jack Gostl for all
that he has done for the Center, and present a tribute to Cantor Erno Grosz upon
celebrating the 50th anniversary of his
joining the FHJC.
We will once again be doing our “Used to
Wear It” sale on June 9th. so please keep
us in mind as you do your spring cleaning.
I am particularly pleased by the broadened involvement of our nursery school
FHJC Hebrew High School On the Move
In January, the Hebrew High and 8th graders traveled to
NYU’s Skirball theater to witness the Israeli production
of Not By Bread Alone. It was an amazing experience
watching the actors who could neither see nor hear.
In February, our students traveled to the USY International office and the Museum of Tolerance of New York
for a day of active learning called “Tools for Tolerance.”
How do you go from being a bystander to an
Stay tuned— in March we’ll be at Freedom Song right
here at FHJC! (See page 5 for details and join us!)
families in synagogue life, several of
whom joined us at the home of our generous dessert hosts, Temma and Al Kingsley, on the evening of the Progressive
Finally, I would like to thank all of you
who provide our lay leadership with constructive ideas, suggestions and criticism.
It is always appreciated and makes us a
better place. We have a large number of
members who act as our eyes and ears
and offer their counsel in a genuine and
heartfelt way intended to improve our
services, programming and facility. Thank
you. Although we can’t oblige every recommendation, please know that we take
the comments and suggestions of our
members seriously. The theme we started earlier this year was to “Strengthen
Our Community Together.” Let’s keep up
the good work.
Religious School Reflection
Five years ago, I
enough to see a
piece of theatre
that changed my
life and the life of
my family. My son
Joseph had begun
Prozdor and Hebrew high school as
part of his transition from Solomon
Schechter to public high school. Temple
Beth Sholom was hosting Freedom Song, a
musical put on by Beit Tshuvah, the only
Jewish residential rehab in the United
States. The week they were performing,
students and parents were asked to
attend in lieu of the regular High School
program. I dutifully attended with my son.
I was surprised that there was not a seat
to be had in the sanctuary where it was
being performed. The entire congregation
was there. My son sat in the back with his
friends and classmates. I, too, sat with
friends. I knew of Beit Tshuva and Freedom Song and yet I was totally unprepared for the power of the performance
and by the conversation with the cast that
followed. Freedom Song tells the story of
one family at a Pesach seder. Its themes
surround slavery, freedom, addiction and
the functioning of family. Following the
performance, members of the cast share
their stories. One young man began by
introducing himself with a short bio that
began "I grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Schechter High School as an
honor student.” I still remember where he
stood on the stage. Everyone in the room
connected with someone. It was impossible to listen without understanding, they
are us. These were not cautionary tales.
They were conversations filled with truth,
hope, pain, celebration and redemption.
For me, the most powerful part of the
evening was the conversation that Joseph
and I had in the car on the way
home. "Ima," he asked, "what are you a
slave to?" Not an easy question. Our conversation was powerful, real and it never
would have taken place had we not seen
Freedom Song together. It was a conversation that was open, honest and safe. It
paved the way for critical conversations
that happened over the next few years.
There’s more to Joseph's story, but it is
not mine to tell. I will let him do that following the performance of Freedom Song
in the sanctuary at FHJC on Thursday
March 7th along with the rest of the cast.
After seeing Freedom Song, I had the opportunity to meet with Rabbi Mark Borowitz, who along with his wife Harriet Rossetto founded Beit Tshuvah. We met a
number of different times as Rabbi Mark
worked to teach about tshuvah and addiction. I knew that he was someone whom I
wanted our families at FHJC to have the
opportunity to meet and learn from. He
was gracious enough to come twice over
the last two years and work with us. Beit
Tshuvah has made it possible for us to
bring Freedom Song to Forest Hills and I
hope that you will take the opportunity to
experience it. Whether you are a parent,
News from Nursery School
In order for our children to grow up to be
fully functional adults
and have successful
relationships and careers we need to teach
children responsibility.
If we ourselves are responsible adults it is
much easier to pass
this trait on to our children.
Lynn Lancaster
grandparent or a member of the community, I promise that you will never experience Pesach in quite the same way. You
will be inspired and entertained and I
hope that you will ask yourself and those
you love "What am I a slave to?" It is a
question that continues to change my life.
A transformative musical that
shatters the myth of Jews being
immune to addiction.
By interweaving a Passover
Seder with personal stories of
addiction, Freedom Song poses
the question:
More than a play, it will open
your eyes and change your life.
TICKETS: $5.00 | FHJC Religious
School and USY students, No Charge
Susan Rosenbaum
themselves or setting the table, encourage
them to do so. Please do not do it for
them. Add new jobs when you feel your
child is ready. Let your child/ren know that
everyone is expected to help out. Only
give your child jobs that you know he/she
will be successful at. Success and praise
will motivate them to do more.
Do not do your child’s homework for him/
her. Let your children know that this is
their responsibility. It’s okay to help them
by reading directions and making sure they
understand what’s expected but don’t do it
for them. (Children with special learning
issues may require more help and attention.
Children rise to the occasion and the expectation. If the task is not getting completed without your help, make sure it’s
Give children age-appropriate tasks. As within his/her ability.
soon as they can do a task, i.e. dressing
Let your child/ren take responsibility for
their mistakes. Do not feel like you must
rush in to save your child. Letting your
child off the hook is usually counterproductive in teaching responsibility.
Youth Department News
There is so much
that has been going
on in the Youth
Department recently. We just finished
our annual Purim
Carnival and it was
amazing. We introduced a few new
games and surprises and everyone really had a great time.
We even had an after party this year so
the kids helping out had a chance to have
some fun too. A big thank you to the
Youth Committee for their support leading up to the carnival and a huge shoutout to all of the volunteers (both kids and
adults) who helped make the day a success. We definitely could not have done
it without you.
Mara Silver-Smith
the rest of the year but it’s going by so
fast. In March we’ll be participating in the
Kiryah Spring Kinnus at Hollis Hills JC and
in May we’ll be going to METNY Regional
Convention, this year being held at Villa
Roma. In the meantime, we have chocolate seders and a Lag B’Omer SATO project, a celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut
and a night of Jews Around the World.
We are so excited about our calendar for
the next few months and we really hope
that you all come to the meetings and
join us!
Until next time, we hope you are enjoying
all of the spring chagim and we’ll see you
soon. Keep an eye out for updated calendars and flyers about programs. And
make sure you’re checking out the bulletin boards in the youth lounge and in the
stairwell (next to the glass doors).
And now Passover is just around the cor- There’s always updated information
ner! We have so many things lined up for posted and pictures too!
The FHJC Youth Department is broken into three age groups, each of which meets weekly:
Tseerim – 3rd through 5th grade meets Sundays from 12:30 to 2 pm
Kadima – 6th through 8th grade meets Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 pm
USY – 9th through 12th grade meets Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 pm
Mazal Tov! March-April S’machot
Jamie Erin Rosen
Yael Beer
Bat Mitzvah
March 2, 2013
Bat Mitzvah
March 16, 2013
Jamie Erin Rosen was born on February
22, 2000 and currently studies in the
7th grade academic honors program at
Stephen A. Halsey Performing Arts,
where she auditioned in as a vocalist for
their choral talent program in
2011. Highly motivated and taking
great pride in her studies; Jamie has earned the highest academic average in her grade on the Gold Honor Roll over the
last two years. Recently, Jamie was selected and accepted as
an all-city soprano vocalist by the Music Educators Association
of NYC. Besides singing, Jamie loves to read, compete in worldclass backgammon tournaments, crochet, demonstrate creative products, and perform karaoke. She also has a love for
travel, showing great curiosity about foreign cultures and languages while visiting more than 40 countries and 38 states.
Yael is in the 6th grade at the Solomon
Schechter School of Queens. For the
past 5 summers she has attended the
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. This summer she is looking
forward to going to Camp Ramah in the
Berkshires. Her favorite hobbies are
singing, playing piano, and reading. When it comes to her diet,
she doesn’t understand why God bothered to create dairy
products. She is also a wonderful loving sister for Rina and
Jamie has a beautiful relationship with her parents and grandparents; and she has chosen great friends to enjoy. She has
loved attending the FHJC Religious School for the last 5 years;
and plans to continue on with her studies and involvement in
our Jewish community through Hebrew High School offerings. Jamie has also enjoyed weekly Tseerim and Kadima programming and looks forward to continuing on into USY. She
was passionate in suggesting that her family visit Israel before
her Bat Mitzvah for the first time in 2011, which was an incredible experience.
Garrett Taub
Bar Mitzvah
April 13, 2013
Garett Taub is in the 7th grade at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education.
He is enthusiastic when it comes to trying
new things, such as exotic foods, traveling to San Francisco, or meeting new
people. He always has a smile for everyone he meets. He loves to participate in sports: baseball; basketball; lacrosse; and soccer, and has an affinity for acting. Particularly memorable, was when Garett played the role of Conrad Birdie in PS 196’s Bye Bye Birdie and entered the auditorium on a motorcycle wearing a gold lamẽ suit and gold boots.
His sisters would generally agree that he’s a fun guy to be
around when he isn’t teasing them and he is someone who is
loyal who you can trust. Garett loves spending time with family
and making his friends laugh. Garett is
excited to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah.
Margalit Braginsky
Bat Mizvah
April 20, 2013
Margalit is a happy, complicated
young woman. She has many interests including music, friends and family. She excels at math and other academic subjects. But she is universally
known for her caring ways. She has a
deep well of emotions that provide
her with incredible abilities in empathy and interest in others. Her relationships with others are
sophisticated and alluring and people who know her find great
comfort in her. With these gifts she will have a very fulfilling
Ethan Tanzer
Bar Mitzvah
April 27, 2013
Ethan is a 7th grade honor student at
Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School.
Ethan has been attending Hebrew School
at the Forest Hills Jewish Center since
third grade. Ethan has many interests. In
his spare time, he enjoys drawing, listening to music, and playing video games.
He also likes to watch many sporting events, and the Food Network on television. Ethan loves to play all sports, especially
baseball and football. However, basketball is his most favorite
activity to play. He has been playing in the Forest Hills Little
League for the last six years. Though apprehensive at first with
the prospect of learning his Haftorah and Torah portions, Ethan
approached both with love and dedication. Ethan has been
waiting for his Bar Mitzvah very anxiously.
He is very happy that the day is almost
here, and that he can celebrate this momentous occasion with his family and
Thank you to Shira Eliaser for an insightful
Shabbat Vayechi drash
that lingered long after
the presentation ended.
And, thank you to Kim
Trigoboff for coordinating
wellattended program.
Since then, Sisterhood has enjoyed its
traditional winter break. With Passover
preparations now underway, we will resume programming after the holiday.
In addition to plans for a paid-up membership event and simcha dancing prior to
the annual Dinner Dance, plan to join us
on May 18 for Sisterhood Shabbat.
Look for more information about these
and future Sisterhood events in Shabbat
Shalom, on the ListServ around the Center.
See you at our next event!
Anise Parnes, President
Parents’ Association Highlights
It’s been an eventful
year so far for the Parents’ Association and
the upcoming months
seem to be no exception. First of all, I want
to take a moment to
publicaly thank Nancy
Nisselbaum, our fundraising VP, for pulling off another successful book fair. This must certainly be
the most weather-battered fundraiser
in history, washed out by Sandy in October, and then again almost snowed
out in February! Thank you to everyone who sorted books, manned registers, read stories, and of course, made
We raised a significant
amount of money which will go back to
our children and their educational experience in the building.
Coming in the spring, look for fun and
engaging Passover programming and
our 3rd Annual Lag B’Omer event. This
year, we are thrilled to be coordinating
with the Men’s Club and PJ Library in a
trike-a-thon and as a collection point
for Recycle-a-Bicycle. Stay tuned for
more detail on these and other exciting
programs including a tefillin workshop
for our middle school students.
A reminder that the “Wearable Collections” bin is available for your donations anytime the building is open. This
ongoing program serves 3 important
functions; 97% of the donated material
is diverted from local landfill facilities,
clothing that can be re-worn is routed
to various social service agencies, and
the collection raises funds for our community. As a reminder, the following
types of materials are accepted:
Clothing, shoes, belts, bags, hats,
scarves, gloves, socks and underwear,
towels, sheets, blankets and stuffed
animals. For more information, visit this
As always, Parents’ Association welcomes the input, energy, and ideas of
every parent in the building.
Shanna Segal, PA President
Men’s Club
It is with great pleasure
that I write this article to
update the congregation
on the happenings of the
Forest Hills Jewish Center Men’s Club activities.
The past months have
been busy, filled with a
lot of fun, and hopefully
you joined us and partook in the fun.
We had many successful events over the
past few months. I want to give a special
thanks to Hal Berkowitz, Shanna Segal
(and PA) and Todd Duffy, as well as the
rest of our Board for all the assistance on
the events to make them as successful as
they were.
The first event to start the new year was a
family Havdalah service that was way
more successful than we ever imagined.
The service was terrific and included an
acoustic musical performance led by Rabbi Skolnik and Hazzan Rosenblum. We
had well over 100 people join us for the
service, and sold out the movies afterwards.
Our second event was a family Sunday
bowling outing at JIB Lanes for the weekend of MLK weekend. Again we sold out
and had more requests by the end than
we had lanes. There were a lot of smiles
and loud laughs going on during the
region has expanded to 29 clubs and they
expect over 600 people. The date for the
Federations of Jewish Men’s Club dinner
is Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 4:30 pm to
9:30 pm. The FHJC Men’s Club honoree is
Hal Berkowitz for his 20+ years of shiva
service to the FHJC, and our teen honoree
is Shelby Cohen for her unselfish devotion
The Men’s Club co-sponsored the annual
to the youth group at the FHJC.
Coffee House on Saturday January 26th.
Hal Berkowitz did an amazing job as he This has been a very successful year and
always does, and if you were there you the excitement continues into the Spring.
had the chance to hear some great acts, We look forward to more participation
singing, and poetry.
from our current members as well as new
members to spur additional interesting
Men's Club Shabbat luncheon will be on
discussions on future programming. In
March 9 . Our guest speaker will
closing, I would like to extend my gratibe Rabbi Stephen Berkowitz, who will
tude to the entire FHJC Men’s Club board
speak on "The State of French Jewry One
for their commitment, dedication, and
Year After Toulouse." The luncheon will
hard work over the past few months to
be deli and we will have beer and soda.
make these great events happen.
The cost will be adults: $18.00; children:
5 to 12 $9.00; 4 and under: Free.
Scott Sharinn, President
With regret I must inform that The Federation of Jewish Men's Club dinner has
been moved from FHJC to Crest Hollow
Country Club, due to the fact that the
Book of Remembrance
On the eighth day or Pesach, as on all other designated holidays
when Yizkor is recited, Rabbi Skolnik will read the names of those inscribed in the Book of Remembrance.
Davora Abraham
Yakov Hassid Abraham
David Abrahams
Madeline Abrahams
Barney W. Adler
Henrietta K. Adler
Esther Anapolsky
Samuel Anapolsky
Arthur Ball
Otto Josef Baruch
Berthold Bear
Lisa Bear
Martin Bear
Toni Bear
Victoria Benghiat
Ida Benghiat
Edwin Berger
Sol Berley
Sydell Berley
Evelyn Blum
Robert Blum
Abe Blumstein
Rabbi Baruch Micah Bokser
Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser
Kallia Bokser
Aaron Broder
Jennie Broder
Sylvia Broder
Milton Bruck
Ruth Bruck
Dora Butnick
Milton Butnick
Irving Cahn
Hugo N. Cahnman
Elaine Charap
Hyman Sid Citron
George Depinna
Marcia Depinna
Abram Dykerman
Alfred Dykerman
Erna Dykerman
Herman Dykerman
Ester Dylewski
Lola Eckstein
Helene Falik
Estelle Feiner
Abraham Obiedzinski Fink
Stella Frank
John Steven Fuchs
Josef Samuel Fuchs
Rosalie Fuchsberg
Meyer Fuchsberg
Dr. J. Savin Garber
Philip Garfield
Benedicto Geber
Marta Geber
Feiga Rosa Ginsburg
Albert Glazer
Cecelia Glazer
Clara Glazer
David Glazer
Gussie Glazer
Arnold Glick
Fannie Glick
Irving Glick
Max Glick
Helen Goldenberg
Sherry Sue Goldenberg
Lola Joy Goldman
Celia Goldman
Norman Peter Goldman
Abraham Goldsmith
Harold Goldsmith
Mary Goldsmith
Benjamin Goldstein
Dave Goldstein
Herb Goldstein
Nettie Goldstein
Rita Goldstein
Cantor Isaac Gorsky
Sylvia Gould
Ann Grossman
Gertrude B. Gruenberg
Jascha Gurewitz
Fred Hahn
Celia Haims
George Haims
Joseph Haupt
Celia F. Heiferman
Cooky Heiferman
(Esther Rose Signet)
Solomon G. Heiferman
Jean Claude Heilberg
Ray F. Heitner
Solomon Heitner
Anna Heller
Arthur Heller
Jesse Heller
Morris Heller
Albert Hirsch
Herta Hirsch
Sybil Hyman
Nathan Hyman
Eva Lea Jaari
Lochem Avichai Jaari
Julius D. Kahn
Kate Kahn
Frances Kalikow
Morris Kalikow
Nathaniel Saul Kane
Benjamin B. Katz
Haskel Katz
Helen F. Katz
Miriam Katz
Morris M. Katz
Fred E. Katzner
Gladys Kenner
Max Kenner
Herman Kingsley
Marion Kingsley
Sophie Kohn
Louis Kohn
Aaron Korn
Lillian Korn
Fortuna Kovalsky
Max Kovolick
Adolph G. Kraus
Samuel Kravitz
Abraham Krumbein
Sarah Krumbein
Benjamin Krumholz
Henry Krumholz
Jack Krumholz
Mera Krumholz
Rose Krumholz
Philip Kule
Isidore Kulichefsky
Jennie Kulichefsky
Herbert Kupferberg
Cantor David Kusevitsky
Elaine Kusevitsky
Patricia Lily Kusevitsky
Harry B. Lader
Helen J. Lader
Dorothy Lapin
Samuel Lapin
Edward Lehem
Fortuna Lehem
Marco Lehem
Palomba Lehem
Sol Lehem
Charles Leibler
Frieda Leibler
Abraham Lerner
Clara Lerner
Maurice Lerner
Joseph Lestz
Leon Levin
Charles Levy
Pearl Levy
Ludwig Loewenstein
Margaret Loewenstein
Dr. Jack London
Dr. Edward Mahlab
Suzette Mahlab
Lionel Malamed
Leopold Lipot Mayer
Rose Guttman Mayer
Theodore Mayer
Michael Mayorowitz
Gertrude Mayorowitz Lukacs
Harry Mesard
Lily R. Mesard
Chaskel Morgenstern
Irene Morgenstern
Carl J. Moskowitz
Charlotte Moskowitz
George Moss
Irving Moss
Jack Nelson
Ruth Nelson
Abraham Okun
Celia Okun
Theodore Okun
Harvey L. Perlstein
Jeanne S. Perlstein
Isidore Platkin
Shep Porter
Tauba Potik
Yefim Potik
Raphael Raphael
Irwin Reich
Stephen Reich
Feiga Remetier
Frank E. Riesenfeld
Sylvia Rolnick
Carolyn Rosenblum Lubin
Howard Rosenblum
Jonathan Rosenblum
Dr. Louis Rosenblum
Seymour Rosenthal
Sidney Roth
George Rozsa
Toni Pernitz Ruda
Sabina Safier
Simon A. Safier
Gladys Salup
Abraham Salzmann
Elizabeth Samuel
Siegfried Samuel
Irving Savitz
Ruth Savitz
Jack Schaeffer
Lillian Schaeffer
Leo Schain
Martha Schain
Harold Schantz
Elias Segal
Mildred Segal
Malvin Sevin
Albert Shaw
Annette Silberman
Ruby Silberman
David Skolnik
Lillian Skolnik
Edward Skornicki
Natalie Skornicki
Mildred F. Smith
Deena Soloway
Joseph Stark
Katalin Stark
Pearl Strauss
Amy Lisa Sturm
Judith Susan Sturm
Ida Sumerfeld
Meyer Sumerfeld
Fred Theise
Max Troper
Jack Vogel
Bessie Walker
Ellen Bea Walker
Joseph Walker
Leon Walker
Marie M. Walker
Rose Walker
Jacob Wallach
Raoul Wallenberg
Stanley Weg
Alfred A. Weinberg
Selma Weinberg
Anna Weiner
Morris Weiner
Isidore Weinkselbaum
Jennie Weinkselbaum
Jerry Weinkselbaum
Herbert Weiser
Milton Winograd
Estelle Zafran
Ira Zalbe
Abraham Zwick
Dora Feldman Zwick
If you are interested in placing a name in the Book of Remembrance, or on a Memorial Plaque, please contact the Center Office, 718 263-7000, or [email protected]
The Rabbinical Assembly Pesah Guide was prepared for the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards by Rabbi
Mayer Rabinowitz. It was accepted by the Committee on December 12, 1984. The last paragraph of the introduction as well as Parts
A and C under “Permitted Foods,” have been amended to reflect more recent decisions of the Committee affecting the status of peanuts, peanut oil, certain cheeses and canned tuna.
The Torah prohibits the ownership of
hametz (leaven) during Pesah. Therefore,
we arrange for the sale of the hametz to a
non-Jew. The transfer, mekhirat hametz, is
accomplished by appointing an agent, usually the rabbi, to handle the sale. It is valid
and legal transfer of ownership. At the end
of the holiday, the agent arranges for the
reversion of ownership of the nowpermitted hametz. If ownership of the
hametz was not transferred before the
holiday, the use of this hametz is prohibited after the holiday as well (hametz sheavar alav ha-Pesah).
What follows is a general guideline.
However, your rabbi should be consulted
Since the Torah prohibits the eating of
when any doubt arises. Kosher le-Pesah
hametz during Pesah, and since many
labels that do not bear the name of a rabbi
common foods contain some admixture of
or one of the recognized symbols of
hametz, guidance is necessary when
rabbinic supervision, or which are not
shopping and preparing for Pesah.
integral to the package, should not be
During the eight days of Pesah, hametz used without consulting your rabbi.
cannot lose its identity in an admixture. Prohibited foods include the following:
Therefore, the minutest amount of leavened bread, cakes, biscuits, crackers,
hametz renders the whole admixture cereal,
hametz and its use on Pesah is prohibited. derivatives, wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye,
However, during the rest of the year, and all liquids containing ingredients or
hametz follows the normal rules of flavors made from grain alcohol.
admixture, i.e., it loses its identity in an
Most Ashkenazik authorities have added
admixture of one part hametz and sixty
the following foods (kitniyot) to the above
parts of non-hametz (batel be-shishim).
list: rice, corn, millet, legumes (beans and
This affords us the opportunity to
peas; however, string beans are
differentiate between foods purchased
permitted). The Committee on Jewish Law
before and during Pesah.
and Standards has ruled unanimously that
peanuts and peanut oil are permissible.
Some Ashkenazik authorities permit, while
others forbid, the use of legumes in a form
other than their natural state, for
example, corn sweeteners, corn oil, soy
oil. Sephardic authorities permit the use of
all of the above. Consult your rabbi for
guidance in the use of these products.
Permitted Foods:
A. The following foods require no kosher le
-Pesah label if purchased prior to Pesah:
unopened packages or containers of
natural coffee without cereal additives
(however, be aware that coffees produced
by General Foods are not kosher for
Passover unless marked KP); sugar; pure
tea (not herbal tea); salt (not iodized);
pepper; natural spices; frozen fruit juices
with no additives; frozen (uncooked)
vegetables (for legumes see above); milk;
butter; cottage cheese; cream cheese;
ripened cheeses such as cheddar (hard),
muenster (semi-soft) and Camembert
(soft); frozen (uncooked) fruit (with no
additives); baking soda.
B. The following foods require no kosher le
-Pesah label if purchased before or during
Pesah: Fresh fruits and vegetables (for
legumes see above), eggs, fresh fish and
fresh meat.
(Continued on page 15)
Forest Hills-Rego Park Communal Passover Seders
Rego Park Jewish Center is having a communal Seder on the first night, while
FHJC will be having our Seder on the second night of Pesach. Members of both
shuls and their friends are welcome at both Seders.
If you are interested in the Rego Park JC Seder, please contact them directly at
(718) 459-1000.
Join your fellow Center members for a lively, family friendly Second Passover
Seder led by Center members Rabbi Paul, Susie and Gila Drazen. We have a
delicious buffet planned, including a special children’s menu. Bring your own
Kosher wine (we’ll provide the grape juice). Minha at 7:15 pm, Ma’ariv and Seder to follow. Cost: Adults $45, Children (4-12) $25,
Open to Members of the FHJC, Members of the RPJC, and their guests, RSVP by March 15 to the FHJC office.
For information, contact Carrie Leifer, (718) 520-8311 [email protected] or Rhonda Israel (718) 575-8120 [email protected]
imperiled, and, in a more universal spirit,
for all people who are enslaved and in
need of redemption. The leader of the
Seder should explain its presence when
reciting the matza zo paragraph in
A. Haggadot—For a meaningful and
inspiring Seder, it is very helpful to use a
commentaries on the text. While it is
sometimes easier to follow when
everyone’s Haggadah is the same, some
prefer to use different editions so the
diverse commentaries enliven the
discussion around the table.
B. Setting the Table—Now that the
home is ready for Passover, the festival
table should be set. This is a gala
occasion in our lives, and we use our
choicest linens, silver and dishes which
we have provided for Passover. Flowers
in honor of the Spring are usually used as
a centerpiece. Two candles are on the
table ready for the blessing. At each
setting there is goblet for wine. Cushions
are provided for participants to recline
upon, as a symbol of our freedom.
On the table we find the special symbols
of Passover:
Matzot—Three matzot separated by
doilies, or in a special case for this
purpose, are set one on the other. These
signify the three categories in the Jewish
community of today: The Kohen, the
Levi, and the Yisrael.
The K’arah—The Passover Plate. This is a
distinctive decorative platter on which
are placed the symbols of Passover in a
prescribed order. The symbols are as
a. Maror (Bitter Herbs) — to remind us
of the bitter hardships which our
forefathers suffered in Egypt.
b. Haroset (A mixture of fruits, fresh or
dried, chopped nuts, spices and wine.
The recipe differs according the
culture European or Sephardic) —
resembles the mortar which our
forefathers used in building the mighty
cities of Egypt.
c. Zeroa (Roasted Shank Bone) — is a
symbol of the Paschal offering at the
d. Betzah (Roasted Egg) — is also a
reminder of a Temple offering.
e. Karpas (Parsley) — is the agricultural
symbol of Passover, the green produce
of the earth which God gives to us
with the coming of Spring.
f. Salt Water — a symbol of the crossing
of the Red Sea, or of the tears shed in
Cup of Elijah — In the center of the
table, we also place a large goblet of
wine which is meant for the prophet
Elijah who is the symbol of hope and
faith. On Passover eve, according to
tradition, Elijah visits every Jewish home.
During the Seder ritual, at a designated
point, the door is opened to welcome
this honored guest.
Wine — The Arbah Kosot — Enough
wine must be provided to fill each one’s
cup four times. These four cups are
drunk to recall the four words used in
the Bible to describe freedom from
slavery. God says, “I shall bring forth, I
shall deliver, I shall redeem, and I shall
Throughout the struggle to free the Jews
of the former Soviet Union, a fourth
matzah was added by many families to
the Seder plate. It was called the Matzah
of Hope, and it represented our fervent
wish that Soviet Jewry might be
redeemed to a life of freedom.
Thankfully, we have lived to see the
redemption of Soviet Jewry. We are
painfully aware, however, that there are
Jews throughout the world who remain
in peril, most especially Jews in Arab
countries. Additionally, the growing
economic and political instability in
Argentina has placed the Jewish
community there in considerable peril
and distress, and anti—Semitism has
reared its ugly head in France as well.
Though the original reason for the prayer
no longer applies, there is ample reason
to retain the ritual of the Matzah of
Hope, for all of those Jews who are
Most contemporary haggadot make
some reference to the Shoah, and it is
entirely proper to do so on the Seder
night. The most appropriate juncture for
including the Shoah is during the ritual of
Elijah’s cup, when the door is opened to
greet the harbinger of the Messiah, and
Chamat’cha, a prayer for retribution
against our enemies. Though many are
uncomfortable with the sentiments
expressed in Sh’foch Chamat’cha, it is
precisely that discomfort which can
provide the grist for meaningful
discussion about the nature and
significance of our freedom after
Auschwitz, and how it is that we are to
relate to our painful past.
At the very conclusion of the Seder, it is
customary to sing L’shanah Haba’ah
Bi’rushalayim Hab’nuya; Next year in a
rebuilt Jerusalem! Obviously, the theme
of enslavement and redemption
resonates deeply as we contemplate the
existential significance of Israel’s
creation after the Shoah. Now more than
ever, with Israel challenged at every
turn, we should end our celebration of
the Seder with a rededication to both
the ideal and the reality of the Jewish
Passover Greetings
The traditional greetings for Pesah in
both Hebrew and Yiddish carry the important implications of this holiday of
freedom and redemption. Using the
Hebrew word Hag immediately tells us
that Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals, while kasher reflects
the importance of the stringent rules of
Kashrut applied at this joyous season,
reminding us of our bondage in Egypt.
In Hebrew: (Hag Kasher V’sameah)
Or simply: (Hag Sameah)
In Yiddish: (A Zissen Un Kosherin Pesah)
Congregational Kiddush Hosts
Schedule of Services
Unless otherwise indicated, our regular schedule of services is as follows:
March 2, Michael and Kerry Rosen in
honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Jamie.
Weekdays…………………...……….7:00 AM
Shabbat …………………………......9:00 AM
Sunday, and legal holidays…..8:20 AM
March 16, Ira and Edie Beer, Rina and
Leora, in honor of the Bat Mitzvah
of Yael.
Weekdays…………………………………………………...7:30 PM
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat……………..please see calendar. As of March 15, Kabbalat Shabbat is at 6:30 PM
Saturday night, Sunday, and legal holidays….Sundown
Schedule of Children’s Services
Junior Congregation & Clubs……..10:00 AM - Noon— Little Synagogue
Kids Kongregation………………..…...10:45 AM - 11:30 AM—Room M4
March 2013 / Adar-Nisan 5773
1 19 Adar
2 20 Adar
Parashat Ki Tisa
Bat Mitzvah of
Jamie Rosen
Candle Lighting:
Kabbalat Shabbat:
3 21 Adar
4 22 Adar
5 23 Adar
6 24 Adar
Minyan Club/ Nagillah
Bridge/ Soccer/ Yarncraft
11 29 Adar
12 1 Nisan
Hearing Men's Voices
Freedom Song
Executive Board
13 2 Nisan
USY/ Kadima
14 3 Nisan
Open Gym
8 26 Adar
9 27 Adar
Matza Ball Shabbat
Parashat VayekhelP'kudei/Shabbat
Men's Club Shabbat
Torah Study Group
School Board Meeting
10 28 Adar
7 25 Adar
Shabbat Parah
Candle Lighting:
Kabbalat Shabbat:
15 4 Nisan
Hebrew Literature
Salsa Night
Day Light Savings
16 5 Nisan
Parashat Vayikra
Bat Mitzvah of
Yael Beer
Open Gym
17 6 Nisan
Bridge/ Soccer/ Yarncraft
18 7 Nisan
19 8 Nisan
20 9 Nisan
USY/ Kadima
21 10 Nisan
Bridge/ Soccer
25 14 Nisan
26 15 Nisan
Fast of the 1st Born
1st Seder/ Pesach
23 12 Nisan
Parashat Tzav
Pre-Pesach Dinner
22 11 Nisan
Torah Study Group
PA Meeting
24 13 Nisan
Candle Lighting:
2nd Seder/ Pesach
Shacharit: 9:00am
Nursery School VacaCommunal Seder
Candle Lighting:
Candle Lighting:
Services: 6:55 PM
Services: 6:55pm
27 16 Nisan
Pesach 2nd Day
Shacharit: 9:00am
Havdallah: 8:55pm
Board of Trustees
USY/ Kadima
Candle Lighting:
28 17 Nisan
29 18 Nisan
Chol HaMoed Pesach
Chol HaMoed Pesach
Shacharit: 6:45am
Shacharit: 6:45 am
30 19 Nisan
Shabbat Pesach
Open Gym
Candle Lighting:
31 20 Nisan
Chol HaMoed Pesach
Shacharit: 8:20 am
CL/Services: 6:00pm
7:30 PM MINYAN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. Please try to attend the minyan on the
nights you attend those events.
Thank you.
Congregational Kiddush Hosts
Schedule of Services
Unless otherwise indicated, our regular schedule of services is as follows:
Weekdays…………………...……….7:00 AM
Shabbat …………………………......9:00 AM
Sunday, and legal holidays…..8:20 AM
Weekdays…………………………………………………...7:30 PM
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat……………………………...6:30 PM
Saturday night, Sunday, and legal holidays….Sundown
Schedule of Children’s Services
Junior Congregation & Clubs……..10:00 AM - Noon— Little Synagogue
Kids Kongregation………………..…...10:45 AM - 11:30 AM—Room M4
Junior Congregation is at 10 AM in the Little Synagogue.
Kids Kongregation is at 10:45 AM in M4.
April 13, Peter and Jennifer Taub,
Ariel and Jess, in honor of the Bar
Mitzvah of Garett.
April 20, Philip and Sharon Braginsky,
Sarah and Julia, in honor of the Bat
Mitzvah of Margalit.
April 27, Glenn and Dina Tanzer, and
Welles, in honor of the Bar Mitzvah
of Ethan.
April 2013 / Nisan-Iyar 5773
1 21 Nisan
7th Day of Pesach
Shacharit: 9:00am
2 22 Nisan
3 23 Nisan
8th Day of Pesach
4 24 Nisan
5 25 Nisan
Nursery School
Shacharit: 9:00am
6 26 Nisan
Parashat Shemini
7 27 Nisan
Services: 6:00pm
Services: 6:00pm
Candle Lighting:
Havdallah: 8:15pm
8 28 Nisan
9 29 Nisan
Religious School
Minyan Club/ Nagillah
10 30 Nisan
Rosh Hodesh Iyar
Kadima/ USY
11 1 Iyar
Candle Lighting:
12 2 Iyar
Rosh Hodesh Iyar
13 3 Iyar
Parashat TazriaMetzorah
Bar Mitzvah of
Yom Hashoah
Garett Taub
Yom Hashoah
14 4 Iyar
Bridge/ Soccer
15 5 Iyar
16 6 Iyar
17 7 Iyar
Kadima/ USY
18 8 Iyar
Candle Lighting:
19 9 Iyar
Parashat Achrei Mot
Yom HaZikaron
Yom Ha Atzmaut
Yom HaAtzmaut
Bat Mitzvah of
Board of Trustees
21 11 Iyar
20 10 Iyar
Bridge/ Soccer
22 12 Iyar
23 13 Iyar
24 14 Iyar
Kadima/ USY
25 15 Iyar
Margalit Braginsky
Candle Lighting:
26 16 Iyar
27 17 Iyar
Parashat Emor
PA Meeting
Bar Mitzvah of
Ethan Tanzer
Men's Club Dinner
28 18 Iyar
YAC Meeting
29 19 Iyar
Bridge/ Soccer
Kadima/ USY
Candle Lighting:
30 20 Iyar
Lag B'Omer
PJ Library Trike-aThon
School Board Meeting
Bridge/ Soccer
try to attend the minyan on the nights you attend those events.
Thank you.
Barbara Kupferberg - in honor of
Cantor Erno Groz’s 80th birthday
Barbara Kupferberg - in honor of the
birth of Barbara & Jerry Klibanoff’s
great grandson, Carson
Louis Jaari - in honor of Judy Gostl
receiving the Rothschild Award
Anne Frankel - in honor of Judy Gostl
receiving the Rothschild Award
Donations have been made in gratitude to Norman Gursen for honors
received by:
Diane & Leonard Fogelman
Anne Frankel
Anthony Dankner
Fred Levine
Laurie Lax - in gratitude to Judy
Beizer for honors received
Juliet Vogel - in gratitude to Anise
Parnes & Evening Sisterhood for all
their help with my mother’s Shiva
Juliet Vogel - in gratitude to Valerie
Leibler for all her kindness during my
mother’s Shiva
Harvey & Holly Engelman - for the
full & speedy recovery of Felisa
Joanne & Haskell Klaristenfeld - in
memory of Marilyn Hertz’s father,
Abram Levinsky
Leonard, Diane, Matthew, Amy, Ella
& Lily Fogelman - in memory of
Michael Mayorowitz beloved father,
grandfather & great grandfather on
his yahrzeit
Donations have been made in
memory of Murray Landau by:
Island Renal Physicians
Anthony & Georgette Dankner
Harvey Engelman
Jody & Norman Gertner
Louis Jaari
Roz Okun
Marilyn Pearce
Iris & David Werber
Susie Spodek & Michael Turner - in
memory of Abram Levinsky
Donations have been made in
memory of Jill Mohrer’s mother,
Rachel Lehr by:
Julie Berger
Barbara Kupferberg
Gerri & David Kule
Lillian Rosenthal
Edith & Samuel Eisenstadt - in
memory of Claire Novik
Donations have been made in
memory of Bernie Berko’s sister,
Helen Gelb by:
Louis Jaari
Roz & Oskar Matzner
Roz Okun
Donations have been made in
memory of Walter Weintraub by:
Harvey & Holly Engelman
Barbara Kupferberg
Elayne Leef
Diana Walcott, David Snyder &
Faith Farrah Walcott Snyder
Georgette & Anthony Dankner - in
memory of his father, Henry Dankner
Donations have been made in
memory of Eddie Berger by:
Harvey Engelman
Georgette & Anthony Dankner
Barbara Kupferberg
Harvey Engelman - in memory of his
father, Sylvan Engelman (yahrzeit)
Roz Feuer- in loving memory of her
mother, Eva Forman
Louis Jaari- in memory of Lali Greenbaum, the brother of his dear wife
Eva z”l (yahrzeit)
Ilse & Irwin Seitenbach and Familyin memory of beloved son, brother,
husband & father, Ronald (1st yahrzeit)
Seitenbach Family- in memory of
Max Seitenbach, husband, father &
grandfather (12th yarhrzeit)
Susie Spodek & Michael Turner-in
memory of Tzipporah Picker, mother
of Lenny Picker
Tikva, Zahava, Hanna & Dorothy
Mahlab- in memory of Tzipporah
Yetta Friedman- in memory of longtime Sisterhood & Center member,
Sylvia Lestz
Donations have been made in
memory of Edith Schachner by:
Esther & Ted Feldman
Grace Schwartzberg
Ruth Shulim
Roz Okun- in memory of Ruth Bellis
Louis Jaari - in honor of Emma Miller’s Bat Mitzvah
Koerner, Griffin, Koerner & Wood
Families - in honor of the engagement of Pauline & Mark Raphael’s
son, Robbie to Erica Waldbaum
Aunt Rhoda, Amy & Alice Housel in honor of the engagement of
Robbie Raphael to Erica Waldbaum
Ezra & Monica Lagnado - in gratitude
to Dr. Martin Topol for honors received
Pauline, Mark, Melissa & Robbie
Raphael - for the full & speedy recovery of Rana Silver
Donations have been made in
memory of Jill Mohrer’s mother,
Rachel Lehr by:
Joanne &Haskell Karistenfeld
Pauline, Mark, Melissa & Robbie Raphael
Laura & Norman Vogel
Dorothy Mahlab - in memory of
Bernie Berko’s sister, Helen Gelb
Roz Feuer- in loving memory of
Edward Feuer, darling husband,
father & grandfather
Leonard, Diane, Matthew, Amy, Ella
& Lily Fogelman - in memory of
Gertrude Mayorowitz Lukaes, be-
Refuah Shelemah
‫רפואה שלמה‬
a full and speedy recovery to
Henry Burger and Barbara Klibanoff
Mazal Tov
‫מזל טוב‬
…to those in our Center family who are celebrating a simha:
Pauline, Mark and Melissa Raphael, Laura and Norman Vogel
and Perla Raphael on the engagement of their son, brother and
grandson Robbie to Erica Waldbaum
Mollie Mandel on the birth of her granddaughter, Lyla Elinor
Michael and Kerry Rosen on the Bat Mitzvah
of their daughter, Jamie
Ira, Edie, Rina and Leora Beer on the Bat Mitzvah
of their daughter and sister, Yael
Peter, Jennifer and Ariel Taub on the Bat Mitzvah
of their son and brother, Garett
Philip, Sharon, Sarah and Julia Braginsky on the Bat Mitzvah
of their daughter and sister, Margalit
Glenn, Dina and Welles Tanzer on the Bar Mitzvah
of their son and brother, Ethan
Jerry Klibanoff on the occasion of his 80th birthday
Hamakom Y’nahem
‫המקום ינחם‬
May God grant comfort and consolation to those
who have lost a loved one:
Lenny Picker on the loss of his dear mother, Tzipporah Picker
Merna Braunshweiger on the loss of her dear brother
Dr. Harry Friedland
We mourn the loss of our dear Center Members and
Edith Schachner and Sylvia Lestz
May their memories be for a blessing.
loved mother, grandmother & great
grandmother on her yahrzeit
Leonard, Diane, Matthew, Amy, Ella
& Lily Fogelman- in memory of Rose
Fogelman, beloved mother, grandmother & great grandmother.
Carole & Erwin Weinberg - in
memory of Jill Mohrer’s mother,
Rachel Lehr
Monica, Ezra, Caroline & Evelyn
Lagnado - in memory of Murray J.
Anise Parnes - in gratitude to Judy
Beizer for honors received
Anise Parnes - in gratitude to Norman Gusen for honors received
Elaine Vogel & Family - in honor of
the marriage of Cantor Erno & Anna
Grosz’s daughter, Diane
Trudy Emanuel - in memory of her
father Louis Emanuel
Diane &Leonard Fogelman - in fondest memory of a wonderful friend,
Eddie Berger
Martin Goldman - in memory of
Murray Landau
Joan & Azariah Eshkenazi - in
memory of Jill Mohrer’s mother,
Rachel Lehr
Joan & Azariah Eshenazi - in memory
of Assia Geichman
Ruth Shulim- in memory of a very
dear friend, Sylvia Lestz
Ruth Shulim- in memory of husband,
father, grandfather & greatgrandfather, Dr. Joseph I. Shulim.
Anne Frankel-in loving memory of
her father, Ernest Frankel (19th yahrzeit)
I would like to express my
gratitude for the kindness
shown me by the Forest Hills
Jewish Center community
after the recent death of my
mother, Rachel Lehr
—Jill Mohrer
(Preparations for Passover, continued from page 10)
C. The following foods require a kosher lePesah label if purchased before or during
Pesah: All baked products (matzah, cakes,
matzah flour, farfel, matzah meal, and any
products containing matzah); canned or
bottled fruit juices (These juices are often
clarified with kitniyot which are not listed
among the ingredients. However, if one
knows there are no such agents, the juice
may be purchased prior to Pesah without a
kosher le-Pesah label); canned tuna (since
tuna, even when packed in water, has
often been processed in vegetable broth
and/or hydrolyzed protein--however, if it is
known that the tuna is packed exclusively
in water, without any additional
ingredients or additives, it may be
purchased without a kosher le-Pesah
label); wine; vinegar; liquor; oils; dried
fruits; candy; chocolate flavored milk; ice
cream; yogurt and soda.
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same process in which it was absorbed in
the utensil (ke-voleo kakh poleto).
Therefore, utensils used in cooking are
kashered by boiling, those used in broiling
are kashered by fire and heat, and those
used only for cold food are kashered by
A. EARTHENWARE (china, pottery, etc.)
may not be kashered. However, fine
translucent chinaware which has not been
used for over a year may be used if
scoured and cleaned in hot water.
B. METAL (wholly made of metal)
UTENSILS USED IN FIRE (spit, broiler) must
first be thoroughly scrubbed and cleansed
and then made as hot as possible. Those
used for cooking or eating (silverware,
pots) must be thoroughly scrubbed and
cleaned and completely immersed in
boiling water. Pots should not be used for
a period of at least 24 hours between the
cleaning and the immersion in boiling
D. The following processed foods (canned,
water. Metal baking utensils cannot be
bottled or frozen), require a kosher lekashered.
Pesah label if purchased during Pesah:
milk, butter, juices, vegetables, fruit, milk C. OVENS AND RANGES: Every part that
products, spices, coffee, tea, and fish, as comes in contact with food must be
well as all foods listed in Category C.
thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned. Then,
oven and range should be heated as hot as
DETERGENTS: If permitted during the year,
possible for a half hour. If there is a broil
powdered and liquid detergents do not
setting, use it. Self-cleaning ovens should
require a kosher le-Pesah label.
be scrubbed and cleaned and then put
MEDICINE: Since hametz binders are used through the self-cleaning cycle. Continuous
in many pills, the following guidelines cleaning ovens must be kashered in the
should be followed: If the medicine is same manner as regular ovens.
required for life-sustaining therapy, it may
D. MICROWAVE OVENS, which do not
be used on Pesah. If it is not for life
cook the food by means of heat, should be
sustaining therapy, some authorities
cleaned, and then a cup of water should be
permit, while others prohibit. Consult your
placed inside. Then the oven should be
rabbi. In all cases, capsules are preferable
turned on until the water disappears. A
to pills.
microwave oven that has a browning
KASHERING OF UTENSILS: The process of element cannot be kashered for Pesah.
kashering utensils depends on how the
E. GLASSWARE: Authorities disagree as to
utensils are used. According to Halakhah,
the method for kashering drinking utensils.
leaven can be purged from a utensil by the
One opinion requires soaking in water for
three days, changing the water every 24
hours. The other opinion requires only a
thorough scrubbing before Pesah, or
putting them through a dishwasher.
1. Glass Cookware: There is a difference of
opinion as to whether it is to be kashered.
One opinion is that it must be kashered.
After a thorough cleansing, there should
be water boiled in them which will
overflow the rim. The other opinion is that
only a thorough cleansing is required.
2. Glass Bakeware, like metal bakeware,
may not be kashered.
F. DISHWASHER: After not using the
machine for a period of 24 hours, a full
cycle with detergent should be run.
that come into contact with hametz are
removable, they can be kashered in the
appropriate way (if metal, follow the rules
for metal utensils). If the parts are not
removable, the appliance cannot be
kashered. (All exposed parts should be
thoroughly cleaned.)
used with hametz, they should be
thoroughly cleaned and covered, and then
they may be used.
I. KITCHEN SINK: A metal sink can be
kashered by thoroughly cleaning and then
pouring boiling water over it. A porcelain
sink should be cleaned and a sink rack
used. If, however, dishes are to be soaked
in a porcelain sink, a dish basin must be
UTENSILS: Non-Passover dishes, pots and
hametz whose ownership has been
transferred, should be separated, locked
up or covered, and marked in order to
prevent accidental use.
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