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Meet Abby Reiken, Our New Director of Congregational Learning


At their March meeting, the Board of Trustees overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Abby Reiken as our new Director of Congregational Learning for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2021. Abby is an experience and innovative Jewish educator, and we are thrilled she is joining our team. You may read more about Abby here.

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Shabbat Yom HaShoah
Fri, Apr 9 at 8:00
pm

Our annual Holocaust Remembrance Service. We'll remember the Six Million and once again pledge to build a brighter, safer future for all. Rabbi Billy will speak. Join us on Facebook

 

Jammin' Israel Shabbat

Fri, Apr 16 at 7:00 pm

Put on your jammies, gather 'round the screen, and join us for our usual antics and love, PLUS we'll celebrate Israel's 73rd birthday! Join us on Facebook. 

Israel Shabbat
Fri, Apr 16 at 8:00 pm

Our annual celebration of Yom HaAtzamaut, Israel's Independence day. Rabbi Mara will speak. On Facebook.  

Upcoming Events (virtual) at WCT

 

Upcoming Meetings
 

  • School Board ... Mon, Apr 12 at 8:15 pm
  • Coronavirus Task Force ... Thu, Apr 15 at 7:30 pm

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Ramadan Iftar
Sat, Apr 17 at 6:30 pm

Join us at an abbreviated Iftar on Saturday, April 17 as we again help our Muslim friends from Peace Islands Institute observe Ramadan during COVID. Alas, no food, but a little learning, a little sharing, and a whole lot of friendship. Please register here and you will receive the link to join us via Zoom a day or so in advance.

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Cancelled** Blood Drive - Event - Beth El Congregation of BaltimoreSave The Date: Woodlands Blood Drive

Our spring blood drive is back again!  It will be held on Sunday, April 18 as part of the Woodlands Social Action Day in honor of Rabbi Billy. We are hoping for beautiful weather so we will be able to house the canteen outdoors as we did in the Fall. And, rest assured that COVID protections will be in place. The signup will be ready in just a few days, so watch for the link!  In the meantime, please mark your calendars.

Rabbi Billy's Day of Social Justice:          Advocacy, Action and Community                    Sunday, April 18, 2021   6 Ilar 5781

Rabbi Billy has called himself a cheerleader for social action and, indeed, he is. But, he is also much more. He has been the inspiring force behind so many of our attempts to make this world better. What more appropriate way is there to honor him and his legacy than by acts of tikkun olam! The opportunities we have chosen for this day represent but a small sampling of the activities Rabbi Billy is responsible for. We urge you to select a few that “speak” to you and sign up for them. And – be sure to join us on Zoom at the conclusion of the day. 

Click here for the schedule, program descriptions and sign up information. 

COVID-19 information

WCT Update (April 12, 2021)

We are in a moment of hopeful, impatient waiting.

As more and more people are vaccinated and we begin to plan for to in-person activities, the Coronavirus Task Force would like to hear from you. Follow this link to take a short survey about re-entry. By completing the survey you'll be entered in the draw to win a $50 AMEX gift certificate or a contribution to the charity of your choice. It should only take about 5 minutes of your time. Note that your name is optional and will only be used to identify the winner. The survey will close on Wednesday.

We have started to consider allowing small outdoor gatherings, including B’nai Mitzvah services on the lawn, as we closely watch the number of COVID cases per 100,000 residents of Westchester County.

Although almost 25% of county residents are fully vaccinated infection rates remain at levels last seen in the week leading into Thanksgiving. And there is widespread concern about more contagious variants of the virus that affect younger people.

We continue to balance the need to be together with the need to keep each other safe. Our guideline is for cases per 100,000 in the county to drop below 30 before we begin small indoor gatherings. Group size will increase as the infection rate drops, which we fervently hope will happen quickly.

 As we work on getting vaccinated, here are a few other things you can do:

  • Ask for help or offer to help by sending an e-mail to caring@wct.org. Need groceries delivered to you or want to shop for someone? Have an activity idea? Please reach out!
  • Pick up the phone. Call someone you haven't talked to in a while. We can all use a friendly voice as we wait out January.
  • Our clergy want to connect with you and offer whatever pastoral care you need. You can reach them at (914) 592-7070 or by email: Rabbi Billy (rabbi@wct.org), Rabbi Mara (rabbimara@wct.org), and Cantor Lance (cantor@wct.org).

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As we return to indoor programming, we will prioritize Shabbat evening and B'nai Mitzvah services, family and religious school-related events, and opportunities for adults to connect in-person. We'll remain mindful that there are those who can't join in-person events, and we will find ways to be inclusive in the hybrid world.

We look forward to being together again in body, not just in spirit.

In the meantime, if you need to come to Woodlands in person for any reason, please complete the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire on the day you will be coming. You must be able to answer "No" to all questions in order to come. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe, strong, and healthy.

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 judaicashop@wct.org

Thu, April 15 2021 3 Iyar 5781