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 President@Firsthebrew.org.  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