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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.

Date

Time

Topic

Facilitator

10/13

1:00-2:00pm

The Jews are Coming - Israeli Satire with a message

Rabbi Mara

11/17

8:00-9:00pm

The Narrow Bridge: Exploring Gesher Tzar Meod through music

Rabbinic Intern Lara Tessler

12/15

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

Why 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

Jewish Baking Workshop

Abby Reiken

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

Join us every month for our book club, facilitated by different members of the group. This month, the club will be reading Contested Utopia: Jewish Dreams and Israeli Realities and discuss the book with the author, Rabbi Marc Rosenstein. Published in the spring, Marc's newest book asks the question of "what is a Jewish state" and what would be uniquely Jewish about it? How can Jewish values exist there? While reading the book is not required for participation, you can purchase the book from your favorite seller before or after the event. Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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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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Virtual Trip to Israel
My Heart is in the East: Libi B’mizrach with Shari Robins
March 2, 9, 23, 30 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 and in person)
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. 13 at 4:00 pm: I Am Not Your Negro film showing followed by an expert led discussion.

  • Apr. 24 at 4:00 pm: In The Heights, film showing followed by discussion

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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.

Sun, September 19 2021 13 Tishrei 5782