Fox recently resigned from his responsibilities at CB6 to take on the president's role at the center, where he has been an active member for over 20 years.
“It was a great experience having worked with competent and interested community leaders,” he said of CB6. “I'm hoping to continue to grow the Forest Hills Jewish Center in harmony with all its components.”
Mainly, he wants to foster more involvement of young people, seniors and those in the process of starting families. He wants to engage the nursery school families by opening the center's gym for members on Saturday afternoons so that the children can play together and the parents can get to know each other.
“It will help nurture that community relationship,” he said. “It's an opportunity to get those just developing as families to create a community with their own contemporaries.”
There are also certain aspects of the Jewish religion that he wants to promote as president, mainly tzedakah - or charity - and tikkun olam, which in essence means “making world a better place.”
“Those are two major precepts of Jewish religion and we are committed to that,” he said. The center usually hosts a food drive, a community supported agriculture coop, which promotes healthy living while supporting local farmers, as well as a 9/11 intra and interfaith program.
“It's our goal to find common ground among us rather than that which makes us different,” he said. “These are the kinds of things we're focusing on and trying to pursue.”
Fox would also like to bring in someone to assist in credit counseling next year as the center develops their education program. The center is also planning a volunteer program for people in the community who are unemployed or underemployed to provide them with something to fill their resumes.
The center serves about 600 families. And Fox is proud to lead what he calls an “exceptional” clergy and professional staff.
“This is a great opportunity and allows us to really continue the effort that people before me started and bring that to a new level,” he said.
Fox has been married to his wife, Helaine, for 30 years and is a proud father of two children. He has been a lawyer for 28 years and is head of a small firm in midtown Manhattan.