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Now more than ever ... being Jewish Together 

With the pandemic raging, the election looming, and the weather turning dreary, it's more important than ever that we celebrate the beauty and light in our midst. Woodlands has been that light for us and we know it has been for many of you as well. Now more than ever, being Jewish together is a lifeline, a gift of purpose and meaning in an otherwise chaotic world. We may be physically apart, but Woodlands has never been closer together.

So many of you have reflected to us that the High Holy Days this year moved you in unexpected and meaningful ways. We thought it would be nice to celebrate our exuberant beginning to the year. Click below to see a "highlight reel," from the High Holy Days. It celebrates the hard work of the clergy, the Woodlands Singers, the Jewish Life Committee and our tech crew with songs, snapshots and some behind the scenes footage.  Enjoy!

COVID-19 information

COVID-19 update: While we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to pass, our building is closed but our community is open. We'd love to have you join us. Here's how:

  • Services are streamed through our Woodlands Community Temple Facebook page. 
  • Information on attending other events on our calendar is available from our office at You can also use this e-mail address to sign up for our weekly newsletter.
  • We have a variety of ways to support members in need. Call 914-592-7070.

We hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and connected while we await better days ahead. 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Upcoming Meetings

  • Coronavirus Task Force Meeting: Thu, Oct 29 at 7:30 pm 

Shabbat Halloween
Fri, Oct 30 at 8:00 pm

Join us on Facebook for the most Jewish Halloween ever! We'll explore the spiritual side of ghosts, costumes and candy. Zach Plesent will speak.

Melanie Gralnick Becomes a Bat Mitzvah
Sat, Oct 31 at 10:30 am 

Join us as Melanie Gralnick, daughter of David and Joy Gralnick, becomes a Bat Mitzvah. You are welcome to view the service on Facebook.


The Jewish Chocolate Trail!
Sun, Nov 1, 2:00-2:45, 3:00-3:45 and 4:00-4:45 pm

Underwhelmed by Halloween this year? We've got a sweet alternative! Did you know that Jews are connected to chocolate's historical production and distribution?

Come travel the (socially distant) chocolate trail around Woodlands. You'll learn some history and gain a sweet or two along the way. Don't like chocolate? We'll have some other sweets too. Feel free to come in costume!  Advance registration a must at


Upcoming Events (virtual) at WCT

Shabbat Evening Service: Post-Election Thoughts
Fri, Nov 6 at 8:00 pm

Our clergy will discuss their feelings and hopes in the aftermath of our nation's Election Day.
Join us on Facebook.

 Teddy Schwartz Becomes a Bar Mitzvah
 Sat, Nov 7 at 10:30 am 

 Join us as Teddy Schwartz, son of Richard Schwartz and Carol Woo,   becomes a Bar Mitzvah. You are welcome to view the service on Facebook.

Blood Drive at WCT
Sun, Nov 8, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Save a life. Give blood at the WCT Blood Drive. You possess something priceless that will help save lives, and we want it. The temple and its partner, New York Blood Center, have instituted all formal state-mandated COVID-safety protocols including limiting the number of donors per hour. Give in the comfort of our sanctuary with your fellow congregants and neighbors. Sign-up online here.  Not available November 8? Then go to the Elmsford NYBC where a number of us have safely donated during the pandemic and tell them "Woodlands sent me!" 

Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Jeremy Dauber
Jewish Comedy -- A Serious History
Sat, Nov 14, 8:00-9:30 pm
Sun, Nov 15, 10:30 am - Noon

Come learn with Dr. Jeremy Dauber, Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at Columbia University, and director of Columbia's Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies. Both sessions will be held on Zoom. Register at


Save the Date ...
Online Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sun, Nov 22, 4:00-5:00 pm

This year, more than ever, we need the Greenburgh Interfaith Caring Community Thanksgiving Service. Take an hour to join together in friendship and understanding. Let your family know that we are a diverse, loving tapestry of neighborhoods, houses of worship, and friends. Zoom registration info coming.

The Judaica Shop at Woodlands

The Judaica Shop at Woodlands is Online ...
The Judaica Shop at Woodlands is not physically open for business but we are available for online purchasing.  If you are shopping for a celebration gift or something to bring beauty and spirituality to your home, please contact us first. We'll work out purchase and delivery details. For some ideas, check out our online catalogues on the Judaica Shop page (click here). Remember every purchase supports Woodlands Temple. Email

A Q&A with Cantor Lance Rhodes
and Mike Winkleman

Shortly after Cantor Lance arrived at his new home in Shrub Oak, Mike Winkleman caught up with him to see how his move had gone and what he’s thinking and planning now that he is assuming the role of Woodlands’ new cantor. Here are some excerpts from their conversation. 


Fri, October 30 2020 12 Cheshvan 5781