FREE HEBREW CLASS: starts July 10

Do you want to learn to read Hebrew? Would you like to be able to follow along during the High Holiday services?

Alice K. will teach a free class every Tuesday at 7 p.m. beginning July 10. Contact Alice at:



Meet your local Jewish community as First Hebrew’s Rabbi Dana leads an outdoor Shabbat service in Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill.

July20 at 7:45 p.m. weather permitting.


Feel free to come early, bring dinner and wine. There are some benches; you may wish to bring a chair.

Meet at the pergola on the north end of the park, beyond the parking lot.  Cross the railroad tracks in Peekskill, turn right into the parking lot and go all the way to the end (behind the Lincoln Depot.) Walk over the short bridge to the walkway, turn left toward the Hudson River and you will find us along the riverfront under the awning. It is handicap accessible.

In case of inclement weather, services will be held at First Hebrew. Feel free to contact Rabbi Dana at 914-739-0500 or


Upcoming dates and gathering times:
July 20, 7:45 p.m.
August 3, 7:30 p.m.
August 17, 7:15 p.m.
September 7, 6:45 p.m.


Most SHABBAT MORNINGS we hold our 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. Upcoming services:

June 23
August 18

RIVERFRONT SERVICES are held on the first and third Friday evenings beginning in June throughout the summer months.  Start times change according to candlelighting.  We meet at the north end of Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill.  Walking directions and full details are listed in website announcements. The 2018 schedule is as follows:

June 1 – 7:45 p.m.
June 15 – 8:00 p.m.
July 6 – 8:00 p.m.
July 20 – 7:45 p.m.
August 3 – 7:30 p.m.
August 17 – 7:15 p.m.
September 7 – 6:45 p.m.

A WEEKLY THURSDAY MORNING MINYAN is held at 9:00 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.






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.



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


Adult closable backpacks or messenger bags in neutral colors, preferably gray, black or navy.  New items preferred but gently used welcome.  These bags will be used by the men in the shelter for going on interviews.  Feel free to chip in with a friend for your donation.  Drop off in the coatroom.

End date: May 31.


BRICK GARDEN: Memorialize or honor a loved one.

Become a proud sponsor of our front porch brick garden. Each brick can be inscribed with up to 4 lines of copy, 16 characters per line. It’s a wonderful way to honor or memorialize a loved one.

$150 per brick
$275 for two bricks
Price includes inscription

Contact the office to order: 914-739-0500


Honey Sale - Click here to order!

The Sisterhood HONEY SALE is here!  The cost is $12 per jar of delicious Kosher clover honey shipped to your recipients in time for Rosh Hashanah.  Any questions please contact Fran Olmsted at 845-661-4691 or

Click on the honey jar to order!


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.

SCRIP: Don’t Use Cash! Shop With SCRIP and stores will donate to FHC!

At the supermarket – at the movies – when eating out – buying clothes and gifts —

Make your purchases with the store’s own gift card purchased through the FHC Scrip Program.

Stores donate a percentage of all gift cards bought through SCRIP to non-profits like First Hebrew. Turn Purchasing Power into Fundraising at:

Dunkin Donuts
Home Depot
Old Navy
Barnes & Noble
Stop & Shop
Movies, restaurants, & more!

Order by the end of the month for pick-up after the 10th. Visa & MasterCard are accepted on orders over $500.

For details call the office at 914-739-0500. Click here to download  the SCRIP form.