Rabbi Michael Lotker may be coming to a classroom or lecture hall near you.  See the list below for his
upcoming schedule.  Please double check with him [using the "Contact Rabbi Lotker" tab at left] to make
sure that his schedule has not changed.

REGULAR PROGRAMS - sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County

The last Friday of each month is a program for Seniors at the Ventura Townehouse [at 2:15PM].

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CLASSES AT TEMPLE BETH TORAH
(Tuesday Evenings at 7PM @ 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, California)

A Taste of Judaism & Jewish Literacy

The three-part Taste of Judaism class, designed to introduce the main tenets of Judaism, will be

followed by a 15-week Jewish Literacy class.  These classes are ideal for Jews, for their spouses, for
those who are exploring conversion, and those who simply wish to broaden their knowledge about the
fundamentals of Judaism’s extraordinary history, beliefs and faith.  The 15 classes of Jewish Literacy
touch on most of the areas of concern and interest to adults who wish to explore the holidays, sacred
literature, history, spirituality, mysticism, and living a full Jewish life.  This class is required for conversion
candidates.  

Tuition:  There is no cost for A Taste of Judaism for anyone
-- or for Jewish Literacy for members of area
synagogues.  The suggested donation for Jewish Literacy for non-members is $150 plus the cost of any
texts and materials.  Couples pay only one registration fee.  For non-members deciding to “drop in” on
classes
, the suggested donation is $10 per session.  If these fees are a barrier to anyone’s participation,
please speak with Rabbi Lotker. Nobody will be turned away.


This program is made possible by Temple Beth Torah and the Jewish Federation of Ventura County.  For
more information or to reserve your seat, email
(tbtventura@templebethtorah.com) or
call (805-647-4181) Temple Beth Torah.

All classes are on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., 10/30/18 - 3/26/19

Introductory Sessions (3 session overview of the entire subject—no charge for this component of the
class)
10/30   A Taste of Judaism—God (Jewish views of God, spirituality etc.)
11/13   A Taste of Judaism—Torah (Jewish sacred texts, Jewish way of life)
11/20   A Taste of Judaism—Israel (the land, people, and modern state)


Sacred Time
11/27    The Hebrew Calendar, cycle of holidays and Shabbat
12/4       The High Holy Days
12/11       Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot


Sacred Literature
12/18   Bible
1/15/19  The Mishna & Talmud
1/22  Midrash, Halacha, Jewish legal codes and issues
1/29  Jewish mysticism:  Kabbalah & Zohar
2/5   The Prayerbook


Jewish History
2/12 All of Jewish history in 90 minutes
2/19 Judaism and Christianity—the parting of the ways
2/26  The 20th century (Zionism, anti-semitism and the Holocaust)


Living a Jewish Life
3/5   Temple and Synagogue:  Home and kashrut
3/12 Life Cycle:  Brit milah, b’nai mitzvah, marriage (and inter-marriage), divorce, funerals
3/19 Jewish community:  Conversion, movements, synagogue life, etc.
3/26   What does Judaism say about sexuality and ??? (students select topics)


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CLASSES & TALKS AT TEMPLE ADAT ELOHIM
(2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA)
Sunday Bagel Brunch, April 15, 2018 - 9:15 - 11:15AM

How a Rabbi/Scientist Views Religion, God, and Belief
Rabbi Lotker discusses how his religious faith is informed and strengthened by his scientific training and
30 year career as a physicist.  He will discuss the evidence for God’s existence, the truth of the Bible, the
question of how a good and loving God can allow evil and tragedy in the world and the question of why
be religious.  


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TALKS TO CHRISTIAN GROUPS

Talks in Connection with the University Series
(see
www.theuniversityseries.org for more information)

Revisiting the Garden of Eden With a Jewish Tour Guide
On February 28, 2018 at St. Paschal Baylon, 155 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Come read the story of the Garden of Eden through Jewish eyes with the insights that Hebrew and
modern scholarship bring!  We will read the text carefully and examine 1- why there are two stories of
creation: 2- which of the characters speak the whole truth: 3- what exactly was the bone from which the
woman was made: 4- the clear and surprising reason that Adam and Eve were expelled: and 5- whether
the act of eating the fruit (not clear that it was an apple) was really a sin or whether God set them up for
an important, divine purpose.

The Delights of Biblical Hebrew
On March 14, 2018 7:30-9:00 PM at Holy Cross, 13955 Peach Hill Rd., Moorpark CA 93021
Anyone who speaks more than one language knows that translation is never exact.  This is your chance
to get a glimpse into the original language of the Hebrew Bible as Rabbi Lotker reveals some of the
wonderful insights that studying sacred scripture in Hebrew uncovers.  The discussion will range from
the grammatical to the mystical and address many of the unique characteristics of Biblical Hebrew.  The
various historical translations of the Hebrew Bible, into Aramaic, Greek, Latin and English will also be
discussed.

How a Rabbi/Scientist Views Religion, God, and Belief
On March 15, 2018 at the LA Religious Education Congress - Anaheim Convention Center
(see
www.recongress.org for more information)
Rabbi Lotker discusses how his religious faith is informed and strengthened by his scientific training and
30 year career as a physicist.  He will discuss the evidence for God’s existence, the truth of the Bible, the
question of how a good and loving God can allow evil and tragedy in the world and the question of why
be religious.  
Rabbi Lotker's Classes and Talks
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