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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 Megillah which explores the Purim story.  

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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 (1:15 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.

2022-2023 Schedule 

Date

Time

Topic

Facilitator

10/26

1:15-2:15pm

Jewish Influences and History Of Clinical And Organizational Psychology

Amy Gervasio

11/30

8:00-9:00pm

Jewish Sources On Abortion - When Does Life Begin?

Rabbi Mara Young

12/14

1:15-2:15pm

Let's Celebrate Women Rabbis Who Challenged The Status Quo

Abby Reiken

1/11

8:00-9:00pm

Teshuva Take Two: A New Year's check in with your High Holiday Self

Rabbinic Intern Lara Tessler

2/8

1:15-2:15pm

Midrash on the Book of Esther: The Rabbis’ Backstory On Why Haman And Amalek Hate Mordechai And The Jews

Phil Karmel

3/22

8:00-9:00pm

Passover Haggadah Workshop - breaking it down and creating our own!

Rabbinic Intern Lara Tessler

4/26

1:15-2:15pm

Beyond the Siddur: How the Words of Our Liturgy Can Influence Our Daily Lives

Cantor Jenna Mark

5/31

8:00-9:00pm

How do Jewish values inspire us to be ethical consumers of food?

Abby Reiken

6/28

1:15-2:15pm

Judaism And The Gender Binary (it's not what you think!)

Rabbi Mara Young

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Book Club
3rd Wednesday of every month starting Sept 21 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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Is it Judaism? Exploring Laws and Customs with Harriet Levine
Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 am weekly starting Oct 16 
in Person and on Zoom

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

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Holocaust Memory Project
Facilitated by Rabbi Mara and Melanie Roher

If you are related to someone who died during the Holocaust, or to someone who survived, let us know! We are gathering folks who want to share their family's story with other descendants of Holocaust victims/survivors and then brainstorm ways to share those stories with the congregation. Whether you are the child, grandchild, cousin or friend, we hope you'll help in the ongoing preservation of their stories by joining this group. Email rabbimara@wct.org with your interest.

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Adult Beginner's Hebrew
15 Thursday evenings beginning Oct 27, 8:00-9:00 pm, in person at WCT
Members $180, Non-Members $250
Led by Margot Serwer

If you are an adult yearning to learn how to read Hebrew, come join this 15-week beginning Hebrew crash course.  We will start at the very beginning, with learning the shapes and sounds of the Hebrew letters and vowels, and the mechanics of Hebrew reading.  At the end of the course, participants will be able to read in Hebrew!  No experience necessary, just a desire to learn. Register here by 10/19.

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

Nov 13 at 4:00 pm Racial Justice Book Discussion: In advance, we'll share a list of five books about racial justice, and participants will choose one to read. On Nov 13 we will meet for small group book discussions.  

Feb 5 at 4:00 pm Film Night: We will watch and discuss a film about climate change and racial justice.

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Scholar-in-Residence: Rahel Musleah
December 2&3 in person at WCT
Rahel is an award-winning journalist, critically acclaimed author, singer and educator, born in Calcutta to a family that traces its roots to 17th-century Baghdad. She grew up mostly in the United States. Rahel's programs both educate and entertain as she takes adults and children on a personal, historic and musical journey to Jewish India that features stories, authentic photographs, memorabilia and more. She offers an opportunity to deepen an understanding of the diversity as well as similiarity of Jewish communities around the world.

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Jews and Jazz
Wednesday, Dec 7 from 7:30-9:00 pm
Led by Henry Sapoznik

This class is in collaboration with Temple Beth Abraham. 
When one thinks of "Jews and jazz" names come to mind such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz, Mezz Mezzrow, etc. All American born. But what of the earlier generation of European born Jewish musicians--klezmorim--who, upon arrival, were obliged to learn two new languages: English and jazz? How did they navigate through a new challenging soundscape in an effort to become viable parts of their new land? By examining the nascent "jazz" offerings of pioneering performances, we witness for the first time how that first generation took to jazz as both a social and musical gateway to speed up and encourage their--and their audience's--acculturation in transition from old world to new.

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Crip Camp Documentary and Panel Discussion
Sunday, Jan 8 from 4:00-6:45 pm

The award winning documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (cripcamp.com) shares with insight, clarity, humor, and beauty the experiences of one group of disabled young people and their journey to activism and adulthood, and in doing so, provides an opportunity for all to delve into the rich and complicated history of disability activism, culture, and history. After viewing the film, we'll engage in a panel discussion. 

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Ask Big Questions: What Does it All Mean? Diving into the Jewish ethics of aging and legacy making
3 Thursdays: Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9
8:00-9:30 pm on Zoom
Facilitated by Rabbi Mara and Gary Levine

As our parents age, as we age, we may ask ourselves: what legacy am I leaving? How are we supposed to approach the aging process and how do we make sure we make our time on earth mean something? Come tackle these big questions with us. We'll see what our texts have to say and start to tackle our "ethical wills" together.

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Adult Education Planning Brunch
Sunday, Feb 12 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Join us ready to share ideas of what you'd like to see educationally for adults in our congregation. What's worked? What's missing? What types of programs would engage you and your friends? 

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Passover Baking Workshop
Sunday, Mar 26 from 4:00-6:00 pm in person at WCT

We'll enjoy connecting while baking delicious Passover desserts together. Everyone will leave with recipes and a plate of desserts. Send Passover recipes you'd like to share to abby@wct.org

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Israel Course: For the Sake of Argument
3 Thursdays, Apr 13, 20, 27 from 7:30-9:00 pm
Facilitated by Rabbi Joan Farber

We live in a divided world, avoiding conversations which could develop into arguments. We have forgotten how to disagree with and challenge each other and still talk to each other at the end of the day. Within the Jewish community, this is especially true about Israel. Using stories and a program developed by Robbie Gringras and Abi Dauber Sterne, we will provoke arguments and disagreements and hopefully reclaim arguments for a better world.

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Woodlands Singers
We hope you’ll consider joining Cantor Jenna and our Woodlands Singers, who delight and enrich services and other special events. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, 8:00-9:15 pm. If you can carry a tune and like group singing, this is the place for you. Contact Cantor Jenna (cantorjenna@wct.org) for more information.

Sat, September 24 2022 28 Elul 5782