Most SHABBAT MORNINGS we hold out traditional egalitarian service, beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. It is a complete service with a triennial cycle Torah reading. Everyone is welcome!

On OCCASIONAL SHABBAT MORNINGS (approximately every 6 weeks) the ALTERNATIVE SERVICE meets, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This service takes place in the lounge, features a little less liturgy, and engages mind, body, and soul to get the most out of Shabbat. Everyone is welcome

The FIRST FRIDAY of each month services begin at 7:30 p.m. It is a complete traditional egalitarian service followed by Oneg Shabbat dessert reception. Everyone is welcome!

On the THIRD FRIDAY of each month services begin at 8:00 p.m. to accommodate those whose schedule prevents them from coming to the earlier service. This is a Creative service, with a little less liturgy, and the addition of poems, stories, and songs. An Oneg Shabbat dessert reception follows. Everyone is welcome!

A WEEKLY THURSDAY MORNING MINYAN is held at 9 a.m. This is a complete traditional egalitarian morning service with a short Torah reading. Need a little help navigating a weekday service? New to wearing a tallit? Considering wearing tefillin? No worries! We will help you acclimate. Women and men are encouraged to participate. Everyone is welcome.

Please check the calendar page for updates.






SHARING SHABBAT: December 8 or February 9


All are welcome; you need not be a synagogue member.

Attend December 8 or February 9.  Contact


More about Sharing Shabbat:

According to the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath is the day of rest from work.   For those who observe it, it sets aside quality time for family and friends to connect and reflect, share and enjoy, often over a festive meal.

This is the concept behind First Hebrew’s new Sharing Shabbat Dinner initiative.  Whether or not you are religious or a synagogue member, there’s a seat for you at the Friday night dinner table in the homes of First Hebrew members.  In addition to celebrating Shabbat, the purpose of the program is to create new relationships in the local Jewish community as well as among congregants who may not know one another.

First Hebrew will provide hosts with a Shabbat kit containing challah bread, wine, candles and blessings along with guidelines for preparing either kosher, kosher-style or vegetarian meals. Those who are hosted are encouraged to pay it forward by hosting others on a future date.

To participate please contact to let them know if you would like to host the Shabbat dinner or attend a Shabbat dinner.

Read full press release here.





Every Tuesday through December 26, 6 -7:30 p.m. Free for members; $5 per class for non-members.

For this adult class, you must be able to decode Hebrew letters, but experience with conversational Hebrew is not required. Learn how to ask and respond to questions, and learn a little about Israeli culture. This class will be taught by Urit Kuperman, an Israeli with many years of experience teaching Hebrew and Judaics.


After Conversational Hebrew, stay for the following free class:


If you want to read Hebrew faster and gain a better understanding of what you are reading, come to First Hebrew for a weekly class on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.  Taught by Alice Krochmal.




Our Friday night “Alternative” Service is now called “Creative Shabbat.”

As before, it will offer a little less litugy, and more singing, questions and discussion.  It may include meditation, breathing, yoga and other creative approaches to helping you connect to the Shabbat service.

8 p.m. every third Friday of the month.


Come for a hearty breakfast, conversation and planning beginning at 9 a.m.

November 19: PAPA PRE-THANKSGIVING INTERFAITH SERVICE. Join the choir and buffet reception.

The 2017 Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Interfaith Service sponsored by the Peekskill Area Pastors Association (PAPA) will be held on Sunday, November 19th at 5:00 PM at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 1969 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY.

Representatives of area Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist and other congregations have been invited to participate. Archbishop Michael Javchak Champion of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church will be the keynote speaker. The Church of the Holy Spirit choir, joined by members from the diverse local congregations, will provide music for the service.

“Our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Interfaith Service is an opportunity for people of different religious traditions in the community to gather and worship together, giving thanks for the abundant blessings of life, while also having a keen eye on those who may not be so fortunate, including our own neighbors and friends. It’s not meant to be some abstract concept,” says Archbishop Champion, 1st Vice President and past President of PAPA.

The service also highlights the religious and cultural diversity of our community and our nation. There will be participants from the various religions represented in our region, musical selections from different cultural sources, as well as a litany of short petitions rendered in some seven languages spoken by area residents. PAPA is looking forward to welcoming a large cross-section of our residents to fill the sanctuary of the Church of the Holy Spirit that afternoon. All are welcome!

A segment of the program is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices and contributions of those in public service, giving special thanks to our police officers, firefighters, EMS technicians, hospital emergency room doctors and nurses, and all of the region’s first responders.

Immediately following the service, everyone is invited and encouraged to join together in fellowship at Division Street Grill, 26 North Division Street, Peekskill, to socialize and enjoy a buffet of pasta, salad, fresh fruit and dessert. The buffet selection, while delicious, will be meatless, and aims to accommodate those of various dietary observances. The reception is complimentary.

Join the Interfaith Choir!

All area singers are welcome and encouraged to form part of the choir. Joan Rojas, Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Spirit, will hold one rehearsal for the combined group of singers at 4:00 the Parish Activities Center at the Holy Spirit campus, and. All those who wish to sing that day are asked to send an email to Mrs. Rojas at: in order to be prepared for choir seating setup.

Church of the Holy Spirit
1969 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor, NY.


Welcome Shabbat with your First Hebrew community.

We hold a Friday night service on the first Friday of each month for all ages and stages.

Everyone welcome.l  Services 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.


The HESED CHALLENGE– to fulfill the true meaning of HESED which is Loving Kindness to all.

The Social Action Committee has decided to “adopt” the Jan Peek House as our main social action project for this coming year.

The HESED CHALLENGE will consist of monthly challenges.  Sometimes the challenge might be collecting 30 warm hats or coming up with an interesting program to share with the Jan Peek residents.  We welcome any and all suggestions Any ideas for the future challenges contact Fran Olmsted


Drop off BRAND NEW MENs or LADIES SOCKS in the donation box in the coatroom.



JEWISH LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Register students now!

drumming circle 2016 3NOT YOUR FATHER’S HEBREW SCHOOL

First Hebrew’ s Jewish Learning Experience (JLE) will connect your student to Jewish living by engaging students in ideas and activities that connect Jewish values with real-life experiences, such as doing good deeds known as “mitzvahs,” and ”Tikkun Olam” to help heal the world. Students will learn Jewish values, have input to their course of study, and enlighten the entire community with their projects.

Limited time free offer for new students, temple membership not required.  Always tuition-free for members.

Call for details and to register: 914-739-0500 or contact

*Classes begin Sept. 6 for grades 4-7 and Sept. 10 for K-3.


BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY — No bingo on November 22.

Come to First Hebrew for $2,000 in total guaranteed prizes, plus an average of $1,000 awarded in specialty games.

Doors open 5 p.m. and games begin 7:15 p.m. every Wednesday (except holidays – check First Hebrew’s website calendar.) First Hebrew is just west of the Beach Shopping Center, at 1821 Main St., Peekskill. Info: (914) 739-0500.