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, Dec 20, 10:00 - 11:30 am

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

Join us for a special edition of Lunch and Learn.  Jointly sponsored by the ARZA-Israel and Adult Education Committees, the session will explore Israeli food.  The result of immigration, necessity, climate diversity, lack of agricultural tradition, politics, changing economics, halakaha, a young population, and globalization, Israeli cuisine is like no other. Cost is $10. Of course, Israeli food will be served.  Register at

WCT Book Club

Wed, December 13 at 2:00 pm - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra

This book is a vision of Chechnya after a decade of war filled with broken families, lost limbs, demolished homes nd the valiant effort of people to find scraps of hope and dignity. Religious and separatist battles have left the roadways studded with land mines, the buildings pockmarked with bullets, and many residents disappeared and tortured.  It is in praise of the indomitability of the human spirit despite how shabbily war treats everyone in it and the ability for survival despite the persistent grimesss.  Faciilitated by Sheila Sweet.  All are welcome. 

S’forim Forum with Cantor Jonathan Ben Gordon

Saturday, Dec 2 at 4:30pm:  East River 

The Jewish literature reading group, S'forim Forum with Cantor Jonathan, will discuss the 1946 bestseller, East River by Sholem Asch, one of the most preeminent Jewish writers of the 20th century.  Set on East 48th Street, the story depicts an international neighborhood of Orthodox Jews, Catholic Irish, nostalgic Poles and nationalistic Italians, all insecure, hungry and overworked.  How they live together, struggle for a better life, and learn from one another makes an inspired yarn of the American Melting Pot.  Come join us for a great discussion, snacks, and Havdalah of course!

Westchester Night of Jewish Learning

Sat, Nov 18 at 7:30 pm

Enjoy your choice of any two sessions taught by 30 Westchester rabbis (including Rabbi Billy). Scrumptious reception follows. $20 through Nov 10, then $25 (register online at To be held at Beth El Synagogue, 1324 North Ave, New Rochelle. Questions, contact Donna Bartell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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