Begun in 1966, the founders of Woodlands Community Temple sought to create a different kind of congregation. Focusing on the word “community,” they instilled in our members a feeling of belonging and involvement which has often been referred to as “the Woodlands Way.”
Very soon, the members of Woodlands began writing their own siddurim (prayer books). We'd thought our first one had been put together in 1973 but then Rabbi Sandy Ragins, who'd led our temple from 1968 to 1972, dropped off "Service for the Sabbath," which had made its appearance here in 1971.
What’s truly remarkable about these siddurim is how relevant the readings remain to this day. While we have updated some of the traditional prayers as Reform Judaism has evolved, and modified a bit of the English, also in response to changing times, these are living siddurim that we continue to use to this day.
The founders of this temple were not content to pray only the traditional words of our ancestors; they sought to renew and deepen the meaning of worship through contemporary writings. That has become a Woodlands tradition! And it is how we strive to pray today. We hope you'll stop by soon and share with us in this great, open, generous spirituality.