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Adult Learning at WCT

We are delighted to offer a wide range of in-person and online courses and events, including these topics: Jewish arts and culture, text study, singing, social action, history, Israel, food, and literature--something for everyone. For more information about these programs, contact us at wct@wct.org

Talmud Study Group: Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm (throughout the year on Zoom)
If you're looking for some ongoing, lively discussion of Jewish text, come join our weekly study of the Talmud facilitated by Martin Irwin. In exploring the traditional teachings of our ancient rabbis, we find remarkable contemporary relevance.  We are studying Tractate Ta’anit. Ta'anit takes up topics like holidays and ritual fasts and contains fascinating legends of Honi the Circlemaker and discusses the Jewish holiday of love - Tu b’Av.

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Woodlands Webinars with Your Clergy and friends!
Wednesdays throughout the year on Zoom

Take an hour and join your clergy and invited guests for an hour of learning online. Each month, we'll meet either for a lunch break (1:00 pm sessions) or dessert (8:00 pm sessions). Grab a nosh and get in front of a computer. We'll meet in real time and discuss lively topics together.

2021-2022 Schedule (2022-2023 Schedule Coming Soon)

Date

Time

Topic

Facilitator

10/13

1:00-2:00pm

The Jews are Coming - Israeli Satire with a message

Rabbi Mara

11/10

8:00-9:00pm

The Narrow Bridge: Exploring Gesher Tzar Meod through music

Rabbinic Intern Lara Tessler

12/8

1:00-2:00pm

An update from Israel: live conversation with Rabbi Yael Vugran

Rabbi Yael Vugran

1/12

1:00-2:00pm

Judaism and the Afterlife

Rabbi Mara

2/9

8:00-9:00pm

Theological Responses to the Shoah: The Writings of the Piaseczno Rebbe (Kalonymus Kalman Shapira), Richard Rubenstein and Eliezer Berkovits

Phil Karmel

3/23

1:00-2:00pm

When Bad Things Happen to Good People (as focused on Rabbi Harold Kushner's book)

Cantor Lance

4/20

8:00-9:00pm

What is Idolatry and Why is It So Bad?

Rabbi Mara

5/18

1:00-2:00pm

What does Judaism teach us about Second Chances?

Abby Reiken

6/15

8:00-9:00pm

Let's Celebrate Women Rabbis!

Abby Reiken

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Book Club
3rd Wednesday of every month starting Sept 29 from 2:00-3:30 pm in Person and on Zoom

Join us every month for our book club, facilitated by different members of the group. 

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Hevra Torah Learning
Shabbat mornings, 9:15-10:15 am in the Library and on Zoom

On Saturday mornings, whether you bring a little one to our Kesher education program or you're just taking it easy at home, why not come spend an engaging, stimulating and uplifting hour talking Torah? Some really nice folks come together and sit with our clergy to explore the Torah portion of the week. 

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Pirke Avot--Ethics of the Sages with Harriet Levine
Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 am weekly, 9/23-6/2

Open to newcomers. Contact Harriet at hl19845@gmail.com 

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Ask Big Questions
3 Wednesdays: Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 16
7:30-9:00 pm on Zoom

This course is back by popular demand! Many years ago, Hillel International turned Jewish learning on its head. The Ask Big Questions movement asked, "Instead of learning Jewishly in order to be better Jews, shouldn't we learn Jewishly to be better people?" Our tradition is not just a rote set of rules. Judaism asks big questions, questions like "When are we free?" and "For whom are we responsible?" In this series, we will ask these big questions of ourselves and of each other, using Jewish wisdom to help us on our journey to answering. Taught by Rabbi Mara.

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Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash
with award winning author and lecturer, Seth Rogovoy

Wednesday, Jan 26 
7:30-8:30 pm on Zoom

In this multimedia program including music, images, video, and close textual comparisons, Seth Rogovoy explores the deep and profound influence of the Jewish background and scriptural roots of the late Leonard Cohen’s life and work. With reference to Cohen’s lyrics, poetry, and interviews, we will see how the legendary rock poet’s familiarity with Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah infused his creative output with a deep and abiding spirituality. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and discuss how Cohen can best be seen and appreciated as a Jewish artist.
This is a collaborative program with WCT and Temple Beth Abraham.

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Virtual Trip to Israel
My Heart is in the East: Libi B’mizrach with Shari Robins
March 2, 9, 30 and April 6 at 8:00 pm on Zoom

Israel is the meeting point for Jews from around the world. Experience the language, customs, cuisine, and culture of the various ethnic groups that make up a mosaic of Israeli society. In this four part series, we will explore the aliyot (waves of Jewish immigration) from Morocco, Yemen, Poland, Iraq, India, Greece, Ethiopia, and Argentina. The title for the series comes from a poem by the 12th century Jewish Spanish philosopher Yehuda HaLevy who wrote, “My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west.” We’ll learn some Hebrew and Israeli slang, how to make some dishes typically found on an Israeli menu, and what can be found in Israel’s markets. The course is taught by Shari Robins, a professional Israel tour guide, who has mastered the art of virtual guiding. She’ll be leading us FROM ISRAEL!

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Racial Justice Task Force/Adult Education Series (All events on Sundays)
Contact rjtf@wct.org for more information.

  • Oct. 3 at 4:00 pm: The Passengers, Documentary film about Ethiopian Jews trying to make Aliyah, followed by a discussion with the director (in person or with video link) and a Westchester resident who helped bring the story to the screen.

  • Nov. 7 at 2:00 pm: Discussion with the authors of We Refuse to Be Enemies: How Muslims and Jews Can Make Peace, One Friendship at a Time by Sabeeha Rehman & Walter Ruby, event sponsored by Adult Education, Bridges, Racial Justice Task Force and Peace Island Institute.

  • Jan. 23 at 4:00 pm: Discussion of the PBS Program Asian Americans (https://www.pbs.org/weta/asian-americans/). You are invited to watch any section on your own before the discussion.

  • Feb. 27: I Am Not Your Negro film watch party at 4pm and expert led discussion with Q&A at 6pm.

  • Apr. 24 from 7:00-8:00 pm: Reading Together with a Purpose: The Racial Justice Task Force and Adult Education Committees are teaming up for a multi-cultural read. You choose what you will read from the list below, and join on Zoom to discuss the selection in small breakout rooms with other participants with the same choice. Following the facilitated discussions, the groups will get together in the big Zoom room to share key concepts and recommendations. Click here to sign up.

    • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
      This intimate book traces the author’s relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, and to poetry and female friendship.

    • Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American by Wajahat Ali
      This is one of many “helpful” tips that Wajahat Ali, and many immigrant children, hear.  Go back to where, exactly?  Freemont, California, where the author grew up but now cannot afford to live?  Or Pakistan?  A country his parents left decades ago

    • Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang
      A moving story of an undocumented child living in the richest country in the world.

    • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
      An unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

      All books are available from Westchester Library System and as Audio Books. Group size will be limited so don’t delay.  If your first choice is full and no longer has slots, we will notify you if you are assigned your second or third choice.

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Be sure to register by April 18 for Saturday’s events (free to WCT members, $18 for non-members).

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Woodlands Singers
We hope you’ll consider joining Cantor Lance and our Woodlands Singers, who delight and enrich services and other special events. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, 8:00-9:30 pm. If you can carry a tune and like group singing, this is the place for you. Contact Cantor Lance (cantor@wct.org) for more information.

Sat, June 25 2022 26 Sivan 5782