Adult Learning Opportunities, Fall, 2017

Learn Something New in the New Year

By Deborah Pollack, Vice President of Adult Learning and Programs

Just as many of us make resolutions for the secular new year, now is our time to think about what we want to accomplish in the new Jewish year of 5778. I hope that you will pick up a copy of our comprehensive Adult and Family Learning and Programs brochure during the High Holidays and be inspired to stay mentally active by participating in upcoming educational opportunities here at Temple Beth Torah.

Here’s a list of coming attractions for September and October, with a peek into the future as well:

The Joy of Music with Mel Eisenberg

These gatherings will immerse participants in a variety of types of music—something for everyone to enjoy. Based on Mel’s collection of outstanding recordings and DVDs, this is a series for those new to this music or for musical mavens.
Monday afternoons, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Meister Hall
September 11     The Cantor: Singing a Story—All is of God, All is for God
October 9            Rock & Roll Forever
November 13      Great Arias and Scenes from Opera
November 20      The Many Faces of Love in Opera

Healthy Eating Cooking Classes with Arnel McAtee

Interested in reducing inflammation in the body, balancing your blood sugar, minimizing the mucus in your respiratory system, or slimming down?
Come to TBT’s first “HEALTHY EATING” cooking class where we will cook, kibbitz, and consume incredible food that is both delicious and nutritious. We will be cooking without gluten or dairy and will be mindful of other common allergens.  Each of the four cooking classes will have a different focus.  This class is limited to a minimum of ten and a maximum of 30 people and is open to the public. Deadline to sign up is September 30. $40 for 4 classes payable to: Arnel McAtee (see TBT Annual for her address)
Sunday afternoons, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Meister Hall & the kitchen
October 8               Pizza & Pita
November 5           Quiches and Pies (bring a pie plate from home)
November 19         Low glycemic desserts
December 3           Easy Peasy Breads with a crust

Children of Abraham: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam with Rabbi Mike Lotker (More Info Here

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. These three classes 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.
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Library 
October 17, 24, November 7

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Connect yourself to Jewish text, tradition, and thought through lively and engaging weekly Torah discussion led by Rabbi Lisa and spiced with challah, Kiddush, and oneg desserts. Join our round table of ideas and thought-provoking questions as we plumb the depths of Torah wisdom and find insights for our own lives.
Some come for services then leave, others come only for Torah study, some stay for the entire Shabbat morning experience. Try it and see how enriching it is to add some Torah study and some Shabbat to your life!
Most Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Library following services

Community Scholar-in-Residence Day — Dr. Simcha Raphael

AFTERLIFE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL IN KABBALAH
Sunday, October 22, Jewish Community of Ojai, 2:00 p.m.
Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Unequivocally, the answer is yes! However, today many are unaware of traditional Jewish wisdom on life after death. This presentation explores Judaism’s afterlife teachings, particularly in Jewish mysticism. Through lecture, discussion and an exploration of texts we shall endeavor to understand the relevance of these teachings in dealing with the human encounter with death in our own families and communities.

TWILIGHT BETWEEN THE WORLDS: TALES OF GHOSTS, WANDERING SPIRITS AND REINCARNATING SOULS
Sunday, October 22, Temple Beth Torah, 7:00 p.m.
Many people are unaware of Judaism’s rich tradition of life after death. In the story-telling traditions of Jewish folk religion and mysticism are to be found extensive teachings on the afterlife journey of the soul. Through an evening of animated story-telling and open discussion, we shall learn about Jewish views of the afterlife by entering the invisible worlds populated by ghosts, lost souls, haunting spirits, dybbukim, and heavenly angelic guides. This is a family-friendly program.

This program is supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Ventura County

Jewish Film Festival

Hummus, the Movie
Sunday, October 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information about adult learning contact Deborah Pollack or call Temple at 805-647-4181.