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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


Online Shabbat Sukkot
Fri, Oct 2 at 8:00 pm

In this very odd year when we can't be at temple to build and enjoy our sukkah, how fortunate we are that Sukkot falls on Shabbat!  Join us online for the traditional waving of the lulav and etrog, Sukkot songs and stories, and words from our clergy. 

Sukkot Hevra Torah Online Learning
Sat, Oct 3, 9:15-10:15 am

Good conversation on the weekly Torah parashah is always happening. This Saturday our discussion in parashat Ha'azinu will be facilitated by Rabbi Joan Farber. Her focus will be 
Lev 23:33-44Ecclesiastes 3.  Click here to join us online.   

Emilio Dan Becomes a Bar Mitzvah
Sat, Oct 3 at 10:30 am 

You are welcome to join us as Emilio Dan, son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Dan, becomes a Bar Mitzvah. You are welcome to view the service on Facebook.  

In-Person Sukkot Nature Walk
Sat, Oct 3, 2:30-3:15 pm and 4:00-4:45 pm

Join Rabbi Billy, Rabbi Mara, Cantor Lance and Zach Plesent on a lovely Shabbat afternoon stroll through the Greenburgh Nature Center. While remaining socially distanced, tune in on your device to hear stories and songs of the woods. Then we'll gather for a Havdalah ceremony before heading home. Delightful! Space is limited and registration is a must -- sign up here.


Upcoming Events (virtual) at WCT

Upcoming Meetings

  • Jewish Life Committee Meeting: Wed, Sep 30 at 8:00 pm  
  • Coronavirus Task Force Meeting: Thu, Oct 1 at 7:30  

Online Shabbat Simkhat Torah
Fri, Oct 9 at 8:00 pm

So we can't be with the Torah this year for Simkhat Torah, but the Torah sure can be with us! And let's celebrate anyway! We'll read the end and the beginning of the Torah as always. We'll share our favorite stories and passages from Torah in the course of our evening together. AND you're invited to play "Do You Know As Much Torah As Our Kesher Kids?" Join us on Facebook.

In-Person Simkhat Torah Columbus Day Celebration
Mon, Oct 12, 11:00-11:45 am and 12:30-1:15 pm

Especially for families, but everyone is welcome. In celebration of Torah and the great diversity of America (as embodied in Columbus Day), Torah's lesson that we are responsible for the tapestry of that diversity, and (of course!) dance as well. Taking place on the temple's front lawn, there'll be an art project, a social action project, and Israeli line dancing (which, except for , may be the only way to dance while socially distanced!). Due to social distancing guidelines space is limited, so sign up soon!


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. 


Thu, October 1 2020 13 Tishrei 5781