|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 third Tuesday of each month it's TORAH STUDY IN LEISURE VILLAGE. The Location is Rabbi
Lotker's home, the time is 10AM and the class is for an hour. Please contact Rabbi Lotker to be added
to the mailing list for this program.
The last Friday of each month is a program for Seniors at the Ventura Townehouse [at 2:15PM].
SPECIAL PROGRAMS - sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County
Join Rabbi Lotker for an extensive class in Jewish Literacy in two phases:
A three session overview called "A Taste of Judaism"
Followed by 15 weeks of more detailed study.
Classes will take place Wednesday evenings starting Sept. 6, 2017
at the Jewish Community of Ojai (530 West El Roblar Ave., Meiners Oaks CA 93023)
beginning at 7PM each night.
>>>CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION<<<
CLASSES AT TEMPLE BETH TORAH
(Tuesday Evenings at 7PM @ 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, California
"Children of Abraham: Comparing and Contrasting Judaism, Christianity and Islam" on 10/17, 10/24 &
About half the people of the world worship the God of Abraham as members of faith traditions that
trace themselves back 4000 years to this inspired individual. In these three classes, Rabbi Lotker will
provide an introduction to these three faiths with special emphasis on where they are similar and
where they differ. We will read texts from the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Scripture and the Koran
relating to the Garden of Eden, Abraham, Moses and others to help understand the fascinating history
and theology that shape our worlds to this day.
"What Happens After I Die? – Jewish Views of the Afterlife" on 1/9, 1/16 & 1/23/18
Many Jews are surprised to learn that Judaism has always held that there is something beyond the
grave – a life in the “world to come.” We just don’t know (or teach) the details because no one has
come back to tell us and because Judaism’s focus is on this life. In this class, we will explore the
wide range of authentic Jewish beliefs about the afterlife and how these beliefs have affected Jewish
traditions of burial and mourning. In our sessions we will examine what the Bible has to say, the
Rabbinic and Talmudic thoughts and commentaries, the amazing world of medieval commentary,
mystical and kabbalistic insights and well as what modern thinkers contribute. We will also explore the
world of Jewish funeral and mourning customs and their origins.
“Mamzers and Mashiach: Illicit Sexual Encounters in the Bible.” on 3/6 and 3/13/17
We will be carefully reading some of the most interesting and unusual stories in the Hebrew Bible -
ones that you never, ever studied in Hebrew School. A careful review of the lineage of King David and
the Messiah and what it teaches us about your family and mine and the ultimate task of redemption.
CLASSES & TALKS AT TEMPLE ADAT ELOHIM
(2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA)
"Science and Religion: Conflicts Confusion and Clarity" on Mondays, Nov. 6, 13 & 20 @ 7PM)
Join Rabbi Michael Lotker as he explores the intersection of the worlds of science and religion. We will
touch on everything from Quantum Mechanics to Kabbalah and Revelation to Relativity and even
Einstein to Rashi. 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. You don’t need to review your Calculus or Aramaic or
even bring your slide rules. Just bring an open mind and lots of questions.
"The Delights of Biblical Hebrew" on Sunday April 15, 2018 at 9AM
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.
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