Today is May 27, 2024 /

Welcome from the President

Shalom and Welcome!

First Hebrew Congregation (“FHC”) has a rich and evolving history. We have deep roots in the Northern Westchester-Putnam community. We have proven to be both good stewards of our tradition and heritage while also adapting to changing times. We pride ourselves in being a welcoming place for all individuals, including interfaith families and people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and disabilities.

While we have come a long way in our almost 130-year journey since our founding in 1896, that journey forward continues today. FHC continues to adopt and evolve. While maintaining our affiliation with the Conservative Movement, today, we are a fully egalitarian synagogue led by Rabbi Dana Bogatz. We offer varying forms of services from traditional to liberal. We have created a special initiative to welcome young families into our Synagogue life. We also pride ourselves on being a place where each person can undertake a journey of Jewish discovery. We provide rich programming to help in exploring the roots and pathways of our Jewish Heritage, all in a manner intended to be welcoming regardless of personal levels, if any, of practice and observance. And, we also are a place for socializing whether via movie nights, game nights or basketball.

I have often commented that our anecdotal goal is to add a second “H” to FHC so we are known throughout our northern Westchester-Putnam communities as the FIRST HEBREW HERITAGE CONGREGATION (“FHHC”)—a loving place to explore and learn together about our Jewish roots and experiences.

I invite you to be part of our continuing journey. Reach out to me at  Share with me your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback as to how we might best assist you and your loved ones in exploring our Jewish Heritage. And, I hope to meet and greet you in person at any of the programs and events we offer.

David Kasdan