Announcements

PURIM “SHALACH MANOT” ORDERS DUE JANUARY 26; JOIN THE PURIM SHPIEL!

Click on the order form or send your list of recipients to shalachmanot@firsthebrew.org.

 

Shalach Manot:

Purim is a day of joy, celebrating the Jewish people’s victory over an ancient enemy.

Sending Shalach Manot packages are a Purim tradition.  Sisterhood stuffs them with delicious hamantascehn cookies, chocolate and wine or juice.  It is a tradition and mitzvah, good deed, to send such packages to family, friends, neighbors. colleagues and teachers, giving everyone the means to celebrat the holiday.

Packages will be available for pick-up following the Purim Megilla reading on Wednesday evening, February 28th.

 

Purim Shpiel:

Help tell the story of Purim through a fun-filled show with a Dr. Seuss theme.  No experience necessary. Contact rabbi@firsthebrew.org

See the 2017 Purim Shpiel here.

 


January 19: “CREATIVE SHABBAT SERVICE” 8 p.m.

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.

 


January 24: “How to Be a Jew Without God”

WITHOUT A NET:
HOW TO PRAY, CELEBRATE, AND GENERALLY BE A JEW WITHOUT GOD

You are welcome come any Wednesday you can make it, 7:30 p.m. through the end of January.

There are some Jews who like being Jewish except for one thing: They don’t know how to reconcile their difficulty with the idea of “God” with their love of worship and holidays. Come join us to study and learn ways to be Jewish, practice Judaism, and embrace rational God concepts.

 

First Hebrew Congregation will hold a weekly class “Without A Net – How To Pray, Celebrate nd Generally Be A Jew Without God,” taught by Cantor Erik Contzius.  Cantor Contzius earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Rutgers College, and then studied abroad at the University of York, England. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, studying in Israel and New York City. He has served as cantor at Temple Israel of Omaha, Nebraska, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New York, and has been adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College.

The class is free for members of First Hebrew, non-members pay $5 per class. It meets downstairs at First Hebrew.

RSVP: requested but not required…rabbi@firsthebrew.org or call 914-739-0500.

 


January 27: “ALTERNATIVE SHABBAT”

We will have about half a dozen “Alternative” Shabbat morning services throughout the year.

This abbreviated service runs 10 a.m. – Noon followed by a Kiddush.

The Alternative Shabbat service includes some basic meditation techniques and gentle yoga postures.  Our goal is to help you find your own connections to the liturgy beyond the words on the page. through your heart, your mind, body and spirit.

Upcoming dates: January 27.


January 28: SISTERHOOD MEETING ON HOMELESSNESS

Please join Sisterhood for our first meeting of 2018!

We’ll welcome guest speaker, Cynthia Knox, Executive Director of CHOP, the organization that runs the Jan Peek Homeless Shelter, who will speak about homelessness.

Afterwards we will turn the toiletry donations into nice little packages for donation to the shelter.

Breakfast will be ready at 9:15am, and the meeting will begin at 10:00am.


SERVICES AT FIRST HEBREW: See our schedule.

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.

 

 

 

 

 


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 rabbi@firsthebrew.org.

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

 


ANNUAL TOILETRY COLLECTION — through Noon on January 28.

The Sisterhood of FHC is collecting new & unused small or travel-sized Toiletries to aid the local homeless population.  The collection box is located in the coatroom off the main lobby.

The toiletries will be packed up by Sisterhood at their January 28th meeting.


NEW SOCIAL ACTION CHALLENGE

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 oesenv@aol.com

THE CURRENT CHALLENGE:

30 NEW MEN’S BOXER BRIEFS IN SIZES M, L, XL

30 WOMEN’S UNDERWEAR IN SIZES M, L, XL

By January 30!


BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY

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.