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COVID-19 information

While we wait for vaccine doses to reach more people in our community, we are laying the groundwork for our return to the building. Better times are on their way, but first we have to get through January. Here are some ways to stay connected:

  • Ask for help or offer to help by sending an e-mail to 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.

We don't know when everyone will be comfortable coming out of their houses again. We do expect a transition period as vaccinations become more widely available. 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 wish everyone a happy and healthy 2021. We look forward to being together again in body, not just in spirit, soon.

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Upcoming Meetings

  •  Finance Committee ... Mon, Jan 11 at 8:15 pm     
  •  School Board ... Mon, Jan 11 at 8:15 pm
  •  LGBTQ+ Task Force ... Wed, Jan 13 at 7:00 pm

Jammin' Shabbat
Fri, Jan 15 at 7:00 pm 

Put on your jammies, gather 'round the screen, and join us for our usual antics and love. Join us on Facebook.

MLK Shabbat Evening ServiceMartin Luther King MLK
Fri, Jan 15 at 8:00 pm

Sponsored and with participation by our Social Action Committee. Rabbi Billy will speak. Together, let us honor the legacy and the challenge of Dr. King's life. Join us on Facebook, and after the service come to the Oneg

Evan Ommen Becomes a Bar Mitzvah
Sat, Jan 16 at 10:30 am

Join us as Evan Ommen, son of Elizabeth (z"l) and Todd Ommen, becomes a Bar Mitzvah. We'd be delighted to have you join us on Facebook.


Upcoming Events (virtual) at WCT


  • Board of Trustees ... Mon, Jan 18 at 8:15 pm
  • Coronavirus Task Force ... Thu, Jan 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Finance Committee ... Mon, Jan 25 at 8:15 pm
  • Jewish Life Committee ... Mon, Jan 25 at 8:15 pm

Shabbat Evening Service
Fri, Jan 22 at 8:00 pm

We'll do  what we always do -- hold onto each other, support one another, encourage and strengthen each other. Corey Friedlander, our shaliakh k'hilah, will speak.


Jews and the Civil Rights Movement: An Honest History
Wed, Jan 13, 12:30-1:30 pmWoodlands Webinars
with Rabbi Mara

Woodlands Webinars: Online Learning with your clergy! Each month, we'll meet either for a lunch break (12:30-1:30 pm) or dessert (8:00-9:00 pm). Grab a nosh and get in front of a computer (with a webcam preferred). We'll meet in real time and discuss lively topics.  Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Ask Big Questions
Thu, Jan 14, 8:00-9:30 pm

Join Rabbi Mara on Zoom. Register in advance at    


Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish

Civil Rights Alliance
Viewing Period: Sat, Jan 16 at 7:00 pm thru

Tue, Jan 19 at 7:00 pm
A fascinating documentary that explores the alliance between the Jewish and African-American communities during the Civil Rights Movement. View the film online anytime between Jan 16 and Jan 19. A Westchester County community-wide online discussion with distinguished panelists will then take place on Tue, Jan 19 at 7:30 pm. Click here to register.

A Westchester County community-wide online discussion with distinguished panelists, requiring SEPARATE registration, will then take place on Tue, Jan 19 at 7:30 pm. Register HERE for discussion.


The Parent COVID Made Me with Dr. Betsy Stone
Sun, Jan 31, 7:30-9:00 pm

Parenting during the pandemic has been full of some of the highest highs and lowest lows. For parents of tweens and teens, it's been full of difficult questions - Can I let my kid see their friends? Why does it feel like mental health and physical health diametrically opposed? Am I being unreasonable? We'll tackle these questions together with Dr. Stone's insight, navigating the difficult waters together. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  


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, January 22 2021 9 Sh'vat 5781