Our First Hebrew family takes pride in the work we do to support our local community and its citizens. Perhaps the biggest undertaking has been “The Garden of Hope” in Yorktown. Established during the summer of 2014, it is the result of hard work and dedication. It is a collaborative project which was initiated by members of the Peekskill Area Pastors Association (PAPA). Thousands of pounds of produce have been grown in the donated field near Wilkens Fruit Farm in Yorktown, and each pound has been given to local food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Our Social Action Committee cooks monthly meals for the Salvation Army lunch program. This enduring project feeds between 80 and 100 guests each month. The SA Committee organizes educational programming. Relevant social issues such as gun control, suicide and drug abuse are tackled and speakers are invited to speak and lead discussions for our FHC members and Peekskill neighbors.
The Sisterhood collects non-perishables for Fred’s Pantry and for the Jan Peek Homeless Shelter, while FHC volunteers take turns dropping off the fresh leftovers from a variety of synagogue events to the shelter as well. Our community has organized coat collections and giveaways; many of us serve meals during the Holidays. We visit the elderly and sick under the guidance of our Bikkur Holim Committee and often bring holiday meals to the home-bound or seniors in nursing homes whose families don’t live in the area.
For photos of our past events, visit our Facebook Page.