...Bringing community together for over 80 years.

Our Story...

The Jewish Center of Forest Hills West was established in 1935 and has served the Middle Village community for over 80 years. Our congregation is small, warm, friendly, and diverse, including—among others—members of Russian, Moroccan, and Hungarian decent. Of course, all are welcome, regardless of background or sect. 


We are a non-egalitarian, Traditional synagogue with an active Hebrew school program. Our Modern Orthodox services, held every Shabbat and on holidays, are vibrant and meaningful, with lunch served every Saturday after morning services. 


We have an active board of directors who are always coordinating events, building programs, and striving to improve our members’ experience.

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Services Led By:

Cantor Roman Yakubov and Ruben Pinhasov.

Size and Character of Congregation:

100, Non-egalitarian Traditional,

with a Modern Orthodox service.


Scheduled Service:

Every Friday evening, Saturday morning, and on holidays.


What Makes the Congregation Special:

The warm and welcoming atmosphere one feels upon entering our shul.

Most Dedicated Volunteer:

Paula Braun

Largest Service Turnout:

On high holy days.

Most Prized Possession:

Our beautiful sanctuary.

Most memorable service:

Every Friday night we have Friday Night Family Service (Erev Shabbat).

Biggest Issue: 

Our community has experienced some changes over the last few decades; however, we are proudly expanding and renewing our growth. 

Funniest/Strangest Moment During Service:

Previous cantor David Presler's wedding. The cantor had a vegan wedding which included six singing cantors, a dog as a guest and the cantor's father and father-in-law performed the wedding.

Longest Attending Members:

Sidney Weiss.


Most Popular Post Service Gathering Spot:

Kiddush lunch every Shabbat after services in the ballroom.

Our Board Members

Our Spiritual Leaders