HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE (advance RSVP required for community break-fast)

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29th

Service 6:15 p.m.


1st Day Rosh Hashanah – Monday, September 30th

Service: 9:00 am


2nd Day Rosh Hashanah – Tuesday, October 1st

Service: 9:00 a.m.


Tashlich – Sunday, October 6th

Depew Park: 12:00 p.m. followed by Potluck Lunch, Hudson Ave/Pomeroy entrance


Kol Nidrei – Tuesday, October 8th

Service: Begins promptly at 5:45 p.m. Fast begins.


Yom Kippur Day – Wednesday, October 9th

Morning Service (includes Yiskor): 9:00 a.m.

Minha/Neila/Maariv Service: 4:30 p.m.


Fast ends: 7:06 p.m.

Break-fast follows final Shofar blast.

 Reservations required by October 3rd,

Call 914-739-0500 or email

JKIDS for ages 2 – 5 starts September 22.


 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, from 10-11:15 a.m.


Questions/information contact 914-739-0500 or


$45/9 sessions


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.  If the September 22 start date has passed, families can still join the fun as the program runs through May, 2020.

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 other creative programs is the “Alternative Shabbat,” an abbreviated discussion-based service that features a little less liturgy, and engages mind, body, and soul to get the most out of Shabbat.   A new Speaker Series will be held on the third Friday of each month, preceded by PJs & Prayers which is a half hour service for families with toddlers and early elementary school children.   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




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!

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE: Submit names now

It is time once again to ask you to remember your departed loved ones in our annual BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE, which will be used during Yizkor services on Yom Kippur and other times the Yizkor memorial service will be recited during the coming year.

Your contribution to Sisterhood in memory of your loved ones enables us to further support our synagogue.


Click on the link for the order form.

Book of Remembrance 2019



To save on printing and mailing costs and allow for more timely publication, the Kehilataynu monthly newsletter is no longer being mailed. Instead, it will be posted on the website on the linked page.


September newsletter


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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.

SPEAKER SERIES SERVICE is held on the third Friday evening of each month.

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.