JKIDS: New program for ages 2 – 5.

Free* Jewish Holiday Program

For kids ages 2-5 with their grown ups.


Get to know other Jewish and interfaith families as you and your child enjoy creative and social activities including games, crafts, and songs with Jewish holiday themes.  Refreshments will be servied.


One Sunday each month at First Hebrew

October 21, 2018 through June, 2019, from 10-11:15 a.m.  Other dates TBA


Questions/information contact 914-739-0500 or



*There is no charge other than a one time $18 supply fee for the year.


Press release:

Jkids, at First Hebrew Congregation, is Northern Westchester’s newest opportunity for Jewish and interfaith families with preschoolers to connect with each other through creative and social activities.  It meets one Sunday morning each month, from 10 – 11:15 a.m., beginning in October and running through June.  Other than an $18 supply fee for the year, this program is free of charge.

Children and their grown-ups will enjoy arts and crafts, games and music which revolve around Jewish holidays such as Sukkot, a fall harvest festival, Hanukkah and Passover.  Families can also discover fun things to do for Shabbat, the weekly Sabbath or day of rest, which occurs on Saturdays in Judaism.

Synagogue membership is not required and no religious background is needed.  Furthermore, parents will have the opportunity to give input into monthly activities, what refreshments are served as well as scheduling.

“This program offers Jewish and interfaith families a chance to connect, play, learn and grow,” said First Hebrew’s Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz.  According to Rabbi Dana, as she likes to be called, such an opportunity is particularly vital to the Northwest suburbs of Westchester.

“In our neck of the woods, Jewish and interfaith families are widely spread out across different school districts and even different synagogues. There are no predominantly Jewish neighborhoods like there are down county,” she explained.  “These kids don’t necessarily see each other at school or after-school activities.  That makes connections with the Jewish community more challenging, but Jkids is a way to bring everyone together.”

First Hebrew Congregation has been creating pride in Jewish heritage for over 125 years.  Among their other new offerings is the renowned Chair Mitzvah program for adults, in which each person builds their own “Jewish bucket list” to make their spiritual side more meaningful.  They also hold a “Creative Shabbat,” an abbreviated discussion-based service that includes chair yoga and breathing exercises.  First Hebrew is located on the border of Cortlandt and Peekskill, at 1821 Main St., Route 6.  For more information visit, call 914-739-0500 or email


CHAI MITZVAH: Build your “Jewish Bucket List” with this new adult program.

First Hebrew will launch a Northern Westchester edition of the renowned Chai Mitzvah program beginning Sunday morning, October 21.

The goal is to explore your own unique Jewish spiritual side, making it more meaningful.

Use your head, heart and hands to reconnect and re-charge your Jewish identify.

Build your own “Jewish bucket-list”:

  • Pick something you’ve always wanted to learn about.
  • Engage in social action of your choosing.
  • Find some way of expressing your deepening spirituality.

Similar to a book club, Chai Mitzvah meets monthly to discuss texts and share observations and experiences.

You need not be religious or a member of any synagogue to participate, and interfaith study is welcome; no prior background or training is needed.

The fee structure for the12 classes plus materials is as follows:

$54 for First Hebrew members

$72 for Friends of First Hebrew

$108 for non-members

RSVP required:

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE; Operation Isaiah has begun!

Contact the office for High Holiday ticket information: or 914-739-0500.

Operation Isaiah  — Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to our local food pantry.  Collection boxes can be found in the lobby and coat room.  While First Hebrew collects donations throughout the year, Operation Isaiah is a reinforced call to care for those in need as referenced during the High Holidays.


Kol Nidrei – Tuesday, September 18th at 6:15 p.m.

Yom Kippur Day – Wednesday, September 19th at 9:00 a.m. (Yiskor)

Minchah/Neilah/Maariv Concluding Services at 5:00 p.m.

Community Break-fast for High Holiday ticket holders who have already sent their rsvp follows the last blast of the Shofar, sponsored by Rabbi Dana in honor of her late husband Irv Grabstein.


Click here for Sukkot Service Schedule, Simchat torah info and Lulav Ordering.  Sukkot services begin September 24 and the Simchat Torah service is scheduled for October 1.



People of all faiths are invited to First Hebrew to experience “Sukkot,” the Jewish Fall Harvest Festival, where meals are traditionally taken in outdoor tents or a booth known as a “sukkah.”

Sukkot takes you outside to appreciate nature and the bounty of God.

Come to First Hebrew for a dessert reception at 7 p.m.

1821 Main St., Peekskill



Join us on September 16th for the first Sisterhood meeting of the year as Yoga instructor Judy Fuhrer teaches us an introductory workshop on Jewish Yoga!

Please dress in comfortable clothing as this is a gentle movement class.  If you have limited mobility or just choose to sit, chair yoga is an alternative way to experience this class.  If you just want to watch and learn about Jewish yoga, that is fine too!

Breakfast will be ready at 9:15 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:0 a.m.


On September 21,1 we will welcome Cippi Harte, Director of DOROT Westchester, a Jewish agency committed to honoring the older members of the community, by bringing the generations together. Learn about the opportunities to connect.

Services begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Creative Shabbat Service, every third Friday of the month,  typically offers 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.




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!

ALTERNATIVE SERVICe on occasional Shabbat mornings (approximately every 6 weeks)begin sat 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.

CREATIVE SHABBAT services are held on the third Friday evening of each month.  Each service may have a different theme.

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.






BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY (No Bingo on September 19)

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.