Shiva information for Steve Knobel

We regret to inform you of the passing of beloved husband and loving friend Steven B. Knobel, President of the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights.

For anyone interested in paying their respects, his wife Suzanne and the Jewish Center will be holding a Zoom Shiva on Tuesday, January 12th 2021 at 8 p.m. for our beloved Steve.

If you would like to attend, the Zoom information is as follows:

  • Meeting ID: 987 1534 5075
  • Passcode: steve

You can also click here at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Steve was a loved and cherished member of the community. Everywhere he went, people gravitated toward him.  He will forever be remembered in our hearts.

May his memory remain for a blessing.


Jewish Center honored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The Jewish Center of Jackson Heights was recognized by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a speech on the floor of the United States Congress in Washington D.C. on Friday, November 20, 2020

Her one-minute speech honored the Jewish Center’s centennial anniversary this year.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recognizes the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights from the floor of the House of Representatives on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recognizes the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights from the floor of the House of Representatives on Friday, November 20, 2020.

The text of her speech appears below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the centennial anniversary of the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights by sharing some of their rich history in New York’s 14th Congressional District.

The center was founded as the Queens Independent Society in 1920 when a few Jewish families looked for a space to congregate in Jackson Heights. It was first called the Queens Independent Society because the term Jewish was not permitted at the time.

The original building itself was based in Woodside, an adjacent neighborhood to Jackson Heights because at the time Jews were not welcome in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights.

However in 1928 the center was able to rename itself the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights and in the 1950’s they officially moved their brick and mortar into the community where they are today.

Today it’s known as an inclusive and accepting space, hosting community events throughout the year as well as housing our beloved Queens Center for Gay Seniors.

Mr. Speaker, I ask our colleagues to join me in recognizing the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights.

Thank you for your ongoing service to our community.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


High Holiday message from the president

Apples and honey arranged neatly

Elul is the period before the High Holidays when we take time to reflect.

This year has given us a great deal to reflect on. COVID-19 has turned the world upside down! It has affected everyone on every level of everyday life. I hope that all our members and their family and friends have managed to stay safe and healthy.

On Rosh HaShanah, we will ask the almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity and blessing. This year we will also ask for good health and safety for everyone; a return to “some kind of normal” and hopefully a safe and effective vaccine and treatment. Also a special blessing for all the healthcare and emergency workers who have worked so tirelessly through these harrowing times. And for the business owners and their employees for keeping their stores on 37th Avenue open.

Though we have not been together (in person) for service since March, we have been together on Zoom for Shabbat. We will be “together” for the High Holidays on Zoom this year. It will not be the same as greeting each other in person, but it’s the best we can do under the circumstances.

May we all enjoy good health, good humor and strength to continue.

Suzanne and I wish all our members, their family and and friends, and our Jackson Heights community a shanah tova tikvatevu v’ techatemu.

May you be inscribe for a happy, health and good year.

Shalom & Zei Gezunt,

Steve Knobel


Passover message from our president

The world is upside down: As are our lives and routines. It is a terrible time for everyone. We are stressed, depressed and scared. I hope that all our members, their families and their friends; are safe and following social distancing.

Of course, Passover will be very different this year. Do the best you can. I hope that we will be together at The Jewish Center very soon.

Sending wishes for a Chag Pesach Kasher Ve’sameach ! Zei Gezunt !  Gut Yom Tov !                                  

Shalom, Steve


Shabbat services suspended because of the COVID-19 virus


We wanted to share an update about how the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights is responding to the outbreak of coronavirus disease.

Until further notice, we will be suspending Shabbat services.

For those who are comfortable with traveling and/or turning on electrical devices on Shabbat, here is some information regarding how some other local synagogues are reacting to this pandemic:

We will post to the website and send email updates when we resume services. Click here to sign up for our mailing list to receive those updates.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Shabbat Shalom!