Queens Jewish Center

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Queens Jewish Center and Talmud Torah
QJC bldg.PNG
The Queens Jewish Center - 108 Street entrance
Basic information
Location 66-05 108 Street.,
Forest Hills, Queens,
New York City, United States
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Status Active
Leadership Rabbi Simcha Hopkovitz[1][2]
Website http://www.MyQJC.org
Architectural description
Architect(s) David Moed[3]
Groundbreaking 1946, 1949[3]
Completed 1955[3]

The Queens Jewish Center, also known as Queens Jewish Center and Talmud Torah or QJC, is a synagogue in Forest Hills, Queens, New York known for its significant contributions to the Jewish community. The synagogue was established by a dozen families in 1943 to serve the growing central Queens Jewish community.[3] The current spiritual leader is Rabbi Simcha Hopkovitz.[1][2]

Organization Affiliations[edit]

The Queens Jewish Center is a member of the following Jewish organizations:

Services[edit]

Queens Jewish Center has services every day of the week, including holidays. [6]

Architecture[edit]

The Queens Jewish Center building won honorable mention in the 1955 Queens Chamber of Commerce, Annual Building Awards. The architect was David Moed of Manhattan and the Builder was the LeFrak Organization.[7]

The structure actually consists of two separate buildings. On October 3, 1946 an option was taken on the vacant plot where both Synagogue buildings now stand. Ground was first broken for the first building (also referred to as the Talmud Torah building or Bais Hamedrash building) during an elaborate ceremony on June 5, 1949, by Judge Paul Balsam and Center President Herman A. Levine. The ground-breaking for the Main Synagogue building took place on June 21, 1953 and was made possible by generous benefactor, Mr. Harry LeFrak.[3]

Rabbi Tenure[edit]

  • Rabbi Eliezer Harbater (1943-1946)[3]
  • Rabbi Aryeh Gotlieb (1946-1949)[3]
  • Rabbi Morris Max (1949-1966)[3]
  • Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt (1967-2006)[3][1]
  • Rabbi Benjamin Geiger (2007-2013)[1][2][8]
  • Rabbi Simcha Hopkovitz (2013-Present)

Notable Members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Queens Jewish Center clergy and staff "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d VHQ Member Synagogues "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Queens Jewish Center History page "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 27, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ OU Member Synagogues [1]
  5. ^ QJCC Member Synagogues [2]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 23, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ 1955 Queens Chamber of Commerce, Annual Building Awards [3]
  8. ^ Prayer Shawls, Flip-Flops Mingle at ‘Shul on the Beach,’ By Rebecca Spence, Forward, Sep 26, 2007 [4]
  9. ^ Touro College Website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°43′48.57″N 73°50′52.1″W / 40.7301583°N 73.847806°W / 40.7301583; -73.847806