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Queens Jewish Center

Coordinates: 40°43′49″N 73°50′52″W / 40.73028°N 73.84778°W / 40.73028; -73.84778
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Queens Jewish Center
The Queens Jewish Center – 108 Street entrance
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusSynagogue
LeadershipRabbi Judah Kerbel
Location66-05 108 Street, Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Queens Jewish Center is located in New York City
Queens Jewish Center
Location in New York City
Geographic coordinates40°43′49″N 73°50′52″W / 40.73028°N 73.84778°W / 40.73028; -73.84778
Architect(s)David Moed
General contractorLeFrak Organization
Groundbreaking1946, 1949

The Queens Jewish Center, also known as Queens Jewish Center and Talmud Torah or QJC, is an Orthodox synagogue in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York, United States.

The synagogue was established by a dozen families in 1943 to serve the growing central Queens Jewish community.[2] The current spiritual leader is Rabbi Judah Kerbel.[1][3] Queens Jewish Center has services every day of the week, including holidays.[4]

Organization affiliations[edit]

The Queens Jewish Center is a member of the Orthodox Union,[5] the Queens Jewish Community Council,[6] and the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.[3]


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.[2]


The following individuals have served as rabbi of the Queens Jewish Center:

Order Officeholder Term started Term ended Time in office Notes
1 Eliezer Harbater 1943 1946 2–3 years [2]
2 Aryeh Gotlieb 1946 1949 2–3 years
3 Morris Max 1949 1966 16–17 years
4 Joseph Grunblatt 1967 2006 38–39 years [2][1]
5 Benjamin Geiger 2007 2013 5–6 years [1][3][8]
6 Simcha Hopkovitz 2013 2018 4–5 years
7 Judah Kerbel 2019 incumbent 4–5 years

Notable members[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "QJC Family". Queens Jewish Center. n.d. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "History". Queens Jewish Center. n.d. Archived from the original on November 27, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Member Synagogues". Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "Queens Jewish Center - Forest Hills". NY Patch. Archived from the original on November 23, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Member Synagogues". Orthodox Union.
  6. ^ "QJCC Member Synagogues". Queens Jewish Community Council. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "1955 Queens Chamber of Commerce, Annual Building Awards". Flickr.
  8. ^ Spence, Rebecca (September 26, 2007). "Prayer Shawls, Flip-Flops Mingle at 'Shul on the Beach'". The Forward.
  9. ^ "News Center: Leadership - President and Founder". Touro College. Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.

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