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


Jewish Studies: Jewish Values and Wisdom

Educator Emerita Harriet Levine
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am, through late May
We are exploring the teachings of our sages, the mitzvot, changes in how various denominations observe Judaism, and what makes our values “Jewish.” Newcomers are always welcome. For further information, contact Harriet ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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, June 21 at 10:00 am

WCT Book Club

 Wed, June 14 at 2:00 pm - A History of Lonliness, by John Boyne

This powerful novel takes us to Ireland in the 1960's where we follow the life of Odran Yates as he enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vacation to the priesthood.  Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the church.  But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognize his own complicity in their propagation.  Facilitated by Karen Margulies.  All are welcome.