Many Mansions Summer Camp 2021

Did you know that in addition to low-income housing, Many Mansions provides many great services such as summer camp for their residents?

This year summer camp will be held virtually to keep their children and teens engaged and connected. The children will be engaged in arts, crafts, and more!

“Due to the current circumstances, Children Services will not be able to hold in-person Summer Camp this year. Instead, they are working diligently to create a virtual Summer Camp to keep our children and teens engaged and to ensure we are staying connected and supporting them as much as possible during this time. They will be sending home weekly packets for arts, crafts, and activities that we have prepared and that we will be demonstrating with them online. There are seven themed weeks planned that the children are very excited for.”

You can help provide a summer camp experience for the children by shopping the Many Mansions Amazon Wish List
They also provide theme-based raffle prize baskets for participating children.

For item donations, contact Heather at
For monetary donations, contact Ann at

Learn more about our Children Services program.

Youth Group Movie Nights – May, 2021

JAETY & AETY (6th-12th graders)
Jurassic World at AMC, Thousand Oaks
Saturday, March 20th, from 7:15-10:00 p.m.

  • Cost: $5.00 members and $15.00 non-members (includes a movie ticket, popcorn, and a drink).
  • Mask required at all times except when eating.
  • Space is limited in the theater so RSVP before we run out of room!
  • RSVP HERE by May 14th.
  • Questions? Email Carolyn, Youth Advisor, here.

MAETY & JAETY (4th-8th grades)
Trolls World Tour at AMC, Thousand Oaks
Saturday, May 22nd, from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Cost: $5.00 members and $15.00 non-members (includes a movie ticket, popcorn, and a drink).
  • Mask required at all times except when eating.
  • Space is limited in the theater so RSVP before we run out of room!
  • RSVP HERE by May 21st.
  • Questions? Email Carolyn, Youth Advisor, here.

Rabbi Lotker Zoom Classes

Classes on Science & Religion and the Afterlife

When:  Wednesday evenings, May 5th through June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Rabbi Lotker’s Zoom Room –


Will the sessions be recorded?  Yes and they will be sent to you by email and also posted on my YouTube channel.

Is There a Fee?  No, the classes are sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County and Joel & Barbara Aaronson & The Affordable Living Choices Trust in my role as Community Rabbi.  You can donate to them here at

How do I register?  Simply Email Rabbi Lotker (you will get class reminders and alerts of changes -if any)

Can Bring a Friend?  Sure!  Just pass along this e-mail

“Science and Religion: Conflicts Confusion and Clarity”   (May 5, 12, & 19)

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.

What Happens After I Die? – Jewish Views of the Afterlife ( May 26, June 2 & 9)

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.

Matzah Veggie Spring Rolls

This recipe is intended to make about 20 ¼ matzah spring rolls. All the filling and spices are suggestions, so please experiment and season to taste.

Ingredient List:
5 whole matzah
¼ green cabbage
¼ onion
1½ carrots
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Yoshida sauce
2 eggs
Ginger root – 15 to 20 grams

1. One hour before starting, take the whole matzah and wet them liberally on both sides.
2. Make a pile of the wet matzah and wrap them in a dish towel. Check the matzah after about 30 minutes and see that they are getting soft. If needed, wet them again.
3. Dice the onion and cabbage and set aside.
4. Peel and grate the carrots and ginger root and set aside.
5. Combine all vegetable ingredients in pan and sauté in oil until soft.
6. Add salt, pepper, soy sauce, and Yoshida sauce while sautéing and mix the vegetables.
7. Taste as you go along and season to your liking.
8. Once sautéed, remove from pan and let cool for a few minutes. This will be the spring roll filling.
9. Heat another pan and fill with about ½” of oil.
10. Cut soft matzah carefully into ¼ pieces.
11. Wisk two eggs in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of water to dilute it slightly. You can also add a teaspoon of salt or lightly season to taste. The egg will be used as a binder to keep the spring rolls together.
12. Place some filling on a ¼ piece of matzah and roll it. It is best to go with the grain to make it easier to roll.
13. Dip the spring roll in the egg and place it with the seam side down in the pan with oil.
14. Flip the spring roll when it is browned.
15. Once both sides are browned evenly, take out and put on a plate with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil

Apple-Matzah Kugel

4 large apples, Granny Smith or any tart apple, cored and cut into medium dice
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
6 plain matzahs
8 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter or margarine, melted
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup dried apricots, medium, chopped
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into small pieces, for casserole topping

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Toss the apples with the brown sugar and orange juice, set aside in a medium bowl.
3. Break the matzoh into 2- to 3-inch pieces and soak in 1 cup of warm water until soft but not mushy.
4. Set aside.
5. While the matzoh soaks, beat the eggs with a wire whisk in a large bowl until blended. Add the
6. salt, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, raisins, and apricots.
7. Squeeze the liquid from the softened matzoh and add the matzoh to the egg mixture with the
8. apples. Stir the kugel well and pour into a lightly greased 2 1/2-quart casserole dish or a 10×14-inch pan. Dot the top of the kugel with the 4 tablespoons of butter.
9. Bake the kugel for 1 hour. Cover the top with foil if the top begins to become too brown early in the baking. Remove the kugel from the oven and cool to room temperature.