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


Hevra Torah Learning, Saturdays 9:15-10:15 am
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, Feb 21, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Current Events will be followed by Lunch and Learn, 11:30am - 1:00 pm

Patricia Cippi Harte, Westchester director for DOROT will present about an array of programs and services available to older adults in Westchester County.  These programs are intended to engage individuals in lifelong learning and keep older adults connected to each other and the community, including Friendly Visiting, Telephone Friends, Intergenerational Chess, Lasting Impressions, and the University Without Walls. Please RSVP (click here). Fee is $10 per session (unless you have already signed up for all sessions).  

Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

With Rabbi Billy Dreskin
10 Wednesdays, 8:00-9:30 pm
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, Mar 7, 14

We're not looking to change your politics on Israel, but to work with the prism of Jewish values through which you form your opinions. Through text study with Rabbi Billy and video presentations from renowned Israeli scholars, we'll address core questions that foster greater understanding and greater respect for each other, without whitewashing the differences. Visit to register. Course is $18; book fee is $20.

WCT Book Club

Wed, February 14 at 2:00 pm - Waking Lions, by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Facilitated by Jeanne Bodin, we will read an award-winning mystery from Israel, Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. "He's thinking that the moon is the most beautiful he has ever seen when he hits the man," so starts Waking Lions. The author asks her readers to confront their own blind spots and preconceptions of privilege and otherness through the eyes of Eitan Green, a respected neurosurgeon.  Is he guilty?  Is he innocent?  Are we?  All are welcome. 

Ongoing Classes 2017-2018

Woodlands Singers

Cantor Jonathan Gordon
Wednesdays at 8:15 pm


Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber
Thursdays, 8:00 pm 

Jewish Studies

Harriet Levine
Thursdays, 10:00 am 

Daytime Talmud

Rabbi Billy Dreskin
Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Adult Hebrew Classes

Adult Hebrew Classes