JEWS WITH BREWS: RSVP by June 1 for June 7 event.

Invite your friends to meet our First Hebrew community!

7 – 9 p.m. at River Outpost Brewing Co., 5 John Walsh Blvd., Peekskill, NY.

Complimentary beer tasting, hors d’  oeuvres, bocce ball and shuffleboard (at Spins Hudson.)

RSVP required bu June 1 to: or call the office at 914-739-0500.



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

June 1 at 7:45 p.m. weather permitting.  Upcoming Riverfront Services: June 15 at 8 p.m.


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 Hewbrew (check the website for updates.)Feel free to contact Rabbi Dana at 914-739-0500 or


11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  along Fifth Avenue, NYC, from 57 St. to 74 St.

June 8: SHARING SHABBAT — Sign up now.


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



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.




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.



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

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.

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!

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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.



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.

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.