Adult Education


We come to adult learning from different pathways.  Some of us were educated as children and fell in love with Jewish learning.  Others began studying in preparation to become an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Still others come to adult learning when their children or grandchildren attend religious school.  Others have time to study during the day when they finally retire.

Luckily for us at Woodlands, we have a significant number of rabbis, cantors, educators, musicians, cooks, and others who are prepared to step in as teachers—sharing what they love. Many are experienced educators, while others are teaching for the first time. As a result, Woodlands has a rich history of offering a great variety of learning experiences.  Several days a week, adults gather in small groups and large classes all across the temple grounds to learn and discuss and enjoy themselves.

On Saturday mornings, congregants can study Torah with our clergy.  We also offer beginners’ classes in Hebrew and Jewish studies, book groups and film series, programs about Shabbat and Jewish family life, special study on holidays and Jewish life cycles, discussions about current events, lectures, lots of music, and even cooking classes. We even have B’nai Binah, a two-year program of adult learning that covers it all.

In short, Woodlands is a congregation of teachers and learners.  Just look at the booklet (click here) listing our courses to get an idea of the depth and breadth of learning opportunities.

Click Here for our current Adult Ed Brochure


Hevra Torah Learning


Continuous Saturdays through Simkhat Torah
Summer Hevra Torah Learning, 9:15-10:15 am
Led by members of Hevra Torah and/or visiting faculty.  Good conversation on the weekly Torah parashah is always happening.  Drop by any Shabbat morning!


Current Events

Our ever popular Current Events continues on the third Wednesday of each month. There is a lot going on in the world. Come and have a cup of coffee and share your views and concerns. An agenda will be emailed to participants ahead of the meeting. 

Next Meeting:  Wed, Aug 16 at 10:00 am

A Jewish Perspective on Christian Anti-Semitism

7 Thursdays,  10:00 am - 12:15 pm
(July 27, August 3/10/17/24/31 and September 7)
Taught by Barry Kessler and Howard Green

Explore how anti-Semitism has continued for 2000 years, influenced through the centuries by the Gospels.  We'll examine actions of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust and take a Jewish look at several pillars of Christian theology.  Participants should bring a Tanakh and a Christian bible. Copies of A Jewish Perspective on Christian Anti-Semitism, written by Howard Green, will be distributed in class (there will be a $5 duplication cost) or digitally (no charge).  To register, contact Howard Green ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Course is limited to 20 participants.