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.



What Happens After I Die? – Jewish Views of the Afterlife
An On-Line Class to be Led by Rabbi Michael Lotker

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 rather than the life in the hereafter.   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
Jewish funeral and mourning customs and their origins and even address the world of near death
experiences and the possibility of communication between this world and the next.

Although this class is over, you can still view the sessions via the links below:
>  Session 1: Biblical and Rabbinic Teachings
>  Session 2: The Soul and Kabbalah
>  Session 3:  Communication Between Worlds, Near-Death Experiences & Jewish Mourning Practices


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].


(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

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
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)
11/27   A Taste of Judaism—Israel (the land, people, and modern state)

Sacred Time
12/4    The Hebrew Calendar, cycle of holidays and Shabbat
12/11       The High Holy Days
12/18       Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot

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

Jewish History
26 All of Jewish history in 90 minutes
/5 Judaism and Christianity—the parting of the ways
12 The 20th century (Zionism, anti-semitism and the Holocaust)

Living a Jewish Life
9   Temple and Synagogue:  Home and kashrut
26 Life Cycle:  Brit milah, b’nai mitzvah, marriage (and inter-marriage), divorce, funerals
4/2 Jewish community:  Conversion, movements, synagogue life, etc.
9   What does Judaism say about sexuality and ??? (students select topics)

Rabbi Lotker's Classes and Talks
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