Woodlands Community Temple is a Reform Jewish congregation nestled in the woods of Greenburgh, New York (near White Plains, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hastings, Irvington, and Tarrytown). Founded in 1966, we are a vibrant, resourceful, multigenerational community of modern Jews committed to creating a dynamic, innovative environment for all who wish to participate in Jewish life and ritual—regardless of age or sexual orientation. Welcoming, outgoing, and member-run, Woodlands is a place that amply provides for the educational and spiritual needs of its membership while at the same time enlisting its congregants to do good works that benefit an ever more complicated world at large.
What's Happening at Woodlands
Woodlands Coffeehouse - Fifty for Fifty Open Mic Night!
Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 PM, the WCT Coffeehouse Open Mic night celebrates our fifty year tradition of creativity with fifty talented and/or enthusiastic cast members. Please take part in this remarkable evening! Admission is $10 ($5 for students).
Books, Books and More Books!
If you're an avid reader, or even just looking for a book and a chance to chat, Woodlands has two upcoming events:
- On Saturday, April 16 at 4:30 PM, S'forim Forum will discuss "Shylock Is My Name" by British author and commentator Howard Jacobsen. Old Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart found in the character of art dealer and father, Simon Strulovitch. Jacobson’s insightful retelling examines acutely relevant contemporary questions of Jewish identity and empowerment in the modern age. Come for discussion, snacks and Havdalah. All are welcome!
- On Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 PM, WCT Book Club will discuss "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. A story that captures all the cruelty, dignity, and heroism of India. In 1975, four strangers flee the caste violence of their small seaside village and are forced to share one cramped apartment. They move from distrust to love as they experience the human spirit in an inhuman state.
Need Ideas for Pesakh?
For your celebration of Pesakh, we’ve got lots of information and creative ideas here. Take a look and pick up a few helpful tips. A ziesen Pesakh!
Don't be a Stranger!
Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day
Woodlands is mailing yellow candles to all our members. Please light yours on Wednesday, May 4 to remember The Six Million.
Social Action Opportunities
Spring into Social Action! Please consider signing up for one or more of these events:
- Sun, April 17, 9:30 AM - Noon - Just Justice? Why We Do Tikkun Olam. Join Rabbinic Intern Jason Fenster for learning, brunch and conversations about the Jewish roots of social justice. If you’ve spent time learning with Jason, you know you’ll want to sign up for this interactive and thoughtful exploration of Reform Jewish values. Babysitting is available with advance request.
- Save these May dates! Monday, May 9 is Jewish Voice of NYS Advocacy Day, and we will travel to Albany. Sunday, May 15 is our next Breakfast Run.
For more information, please click on the Social Action navigation bar!
Save the Date: 50th Anniversary Gala
Save Saturday, June 4th from 6:00 - 11:00 PM to celebrate Woodlands' 50th Anniversary with a gala celebration at Stone Manor 101 in Hawthorne. The evening will include cocktails, a sit-down dinner, and dancing. We'll also celebrate with a commemorative journal!
Adult Learning Opportunities
We have so many adult learning opportunities - there is sure to be at least one that interests you! From wine tasting to Talmud, from Israel to art and culture, check out our Adult Education page for more details on upcoming programs!
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Upcoming Worship Schedule
We would be delighted to have you come worship with us. Our services are contemporary, upbeat, welcoming, and thoughtfully engaged with our ancient tradition. Whether Shabbat or Festival, we think your spirit will be warmed and nourished.
Fri, May 6
Shabbat Yom HaShoah at 8:00 pm
Our annual Holocaust Remembrance Service will feature Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, Chair of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, speaking about Emil and Karl, a pre-Holocaust novel written by 20th century Yiddish author Yankev Glatstein that offers a picture into a world lost to the Nazi death machine.
Sat, May 7
Shabbat Morning Worship at 10:30 am
Celebrate with us as Max Galkin, son of Jen Kline Galkin and Eric Galkin, becomes a Bar Mitzvah.
Donations for Mishkan HaNefesh
With the arrival of our new makhzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, we hope you will honor someone you love by purchasing bookplates to dedicate individual copies. $36 for two labels. Click here to make your donation today!