Adult Learning for You, May 2021

 

It is only fitting that along with the spring of the year and the gradual opening of flowers come opportunities to get together all over town. We are gradually going to offer mask-to-mask learning experiences at Temple Beth Torah and we hope you’ll join us!

Deborah Pollack
VP of Adult Learning

 

MEDITATION AND THE OMER

Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Millercounting_the_omer
Each Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.

Join us as we continue with weekly meditation and Spiritual Practices of Counting the Omer to bring us strength at this time!

Look for the Zoom link in this week’s T’Kiah email-blast.

SHORT STORY DISCUSSION

Deborah Pollacktillie olsen headshot
Tuesday, April 27, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

We’ll be talking about Tillie Olsen’s story “I Stand Here Ironing.” Please print out a copy of the story (it’s very available online), write all over it, and join us on Zoom.  To receive a Zoom invitation, email Deborah.

Science and Religion: Conflicts Confusion and Clarity

Rabbi Mike Lotker

Rabbi Mike Lotker
Wednesdays, May 5, 12, and 19; 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

Join us as we explore 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. I will discuss how my religious faith is informed and strengthened by my scientific training and 30-year career as a physicist. I will present 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. For more info, www.lotker.com

What Happens After I Die? – Jewish Views of the Afterlife

Rabbi Mike Lotker

Rabbi Mike Lotker
Wednesdays, May 26, June 2, and June 9; 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

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. For more info, www.lotker.com

Rabbi Lotker’s work is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County in his role as Community Rabbi. You may donate to them at https://www.jewishventuracounty.org/ways-to-give.

Register by sending an email to Rabbi Lotker at Lotker@aol.com with the message “I’m in!” He will remind you of dates and alert you to changes.

GREETING CARD CRAFTING WORKSHOP

Led by Joy Goldowitzgreeting card crafting
Sunday, May 16, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Meister Hall at TBT—remember to wear a mask!

Let’s come together and make a set of 6 greeting cards with envelopes. The sentiments can be whatever you wish! We will make 2 cards each of 3 designs. Make them to give as a gift or to have on hand when that special occasion arises.

Class suitable for crafters 10 years and up (younger with help). $5.00 materials fee.  RSVP by 5/13 to Joy—her email address is in the TBT Annual

GOD FORBID YOU SHOULD RUN OUT OF READING MATERIAL AT THIS TIME, THE TEMPLE BETH TORAH LIBRARY IS OPEN!

If you don’t have a code for the front door, call to make sure that Temple Secretary Martha Richardson is on-site to let you in.

You may borrow up to 6 books at a time—enjoy and return at your leisure.

In keeping with CDC recommendations, please observe the following rules:

  • No more than 2 people in the library at a time.
  • Put on gloves from the box on the table before handling books and discard them when you’re finished.
  • Use your own pen or pencil to record the title(s) of books you’ve borrowed along with your name. Leave the cards in the box on the table.

DON’T FORGET TO PERUSE THE LIBRARY CART—ANYTHING TAKEN FROM THERE IS YOURS TO KEEP FOR A SMALL DONATION.