Bring the family to this community-wide Hanukkah celebration with our neighboring synagogues at  the Jefferson Valley mall on Route 6 on December 6 beginning at 6 p.m.  There will be songs, Hanukkah candy and the lighting of the giant menorah


The renowned Kol Rinah choral group will perform at First Hebrew’s Hanukkah menorah lighting, which will be followed by a potato latke party.

Bring the family to First Hebrew on December 9 at 3 p.m.

Children 13 & under are free; $18 in advance/$20 at the door.

JKIDS 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

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 nominal 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


CHESED CHALLENGE #5: Collecting Children’s Books

The HESED CHALLENGE consists 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


We are collecting new and gently-used books for the under-served children of Peekskill in cooperation with Literacy Lovers Golden Book Shelf.  Please drop off your books in the marked bin in the upstairs coat closet.

SERVICES AT FIRST HEBREW: Thanksgiving holiday schedule.

Thursday, November 22nd – No Minyan

Friday, November 23rd – No Service

Saturday, November 24th – Service Canceled (change from calendar)

All Services resume Thursday, November 29th


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 November 21)

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.