Professor Joseph Rosenstein, educator, editor of Siddur Eit Ratzon

How to get the most out of your prayer experience

Joe, as he prefers to be called, is the editor of our Siddur Eit Ratzon and will share with us the background of this prayer book, and how to best use its contents. His knowledge of liturgy (and other Jewish topics!) is soul deep. Over the course of the weekend Joe will share with us some of his gleanings, encourage open discussion, and happily answer questions. Joe is a delight. You will be moved, inspired, enlightened.

There are several opportunities to take part in this special weekend:

Friday November 15: Shabbat Service at 7:30 PM (followed by Oneg Shabbat)
“How and why someone goes about writing a Siddur/Prayer book”

When you look at a prayer book, do you ever wonder what the people who wrote it were like? Well, here is a chance to actually meet the author of our new prayer book, Siddur Eit Ratzon.

During Friday night services, Professor Rosenstein will discuss the making of his prayer book as part of First Hebrew Friday Speaker Series beginning this fall. All are welcome!

Saturday November 16: Shabbat Morning at 9:30 AM (includes Kiddush Lunch)
“When the Siddur comes alive you will too”

On Saturday, Professor Rosenstein will join us for our Shabbat service, weaving meditations and teaching throughout the Shabbat service

Saturday evening November 16: Havdalah and dessert reception
“Open discussion with Joe about Jewish topics that matter to you. Bring your questions!”
This event will take place at a private home; call the office if you wish to attend.

Sunday November 17 at 10:00 AM includes breakfast, sponsored by Sisterhood and Men’s Club
“Study Session on Hallel: Psalms of joy and Thanksgiving”

On Sunday, Professor Rosenstein will be teaching about The Psalms of Hallel, which are life affirming celebratory songs of praise, joy and gratitude sung on certain holidays. Please join us.


Joseph (Joe) Rosenstein recently retired as a professor of mathematics after 48 years at Rutgers University, where he focused for the last 30 years on K-12 mathematics education. He has written Siddur Eit Ratzon, Machzor Eit Ratzon, Memorable Verses in the Torah, as well as a number of books related to mathematics and math education. He is currently working on several other books, including one on Psalms in the Liturgy and one on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). He is a founding member of the Highland Park (NJ) Minyan, still going strong after 40+ years, and was a founder and Chair of the National Havurah Committee and its summer Institute. He and his wife Judy, a therapist and artist, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They have five daughters, 12 grandchildren from 0 to 18 years of age, and two small white dogs.


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, including chair yoga.  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 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.

FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES are held on the first and third Friday evening of each month; NEW SPEAKER SERIES SERVICE is on the third Friday.

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.

RIVERFRONT SERVICES during the summer months typically take place on the first and third Fridays from June through early September. A detailed description of where to find your First Hebrew community at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park  on the Hudson  is posted in the home page announcements during the season.







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.