Cornucopia Shabbat Dinner Menu

Shabbat Dinner Menu

October 15, 2021

Fresh Baked Challah

Hummus and Pita Bread

Greek Salad
Romaine, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Bell Pepper, Kalamata Olives, Red Onion
Lemon Vinaigrette

Choose 2 Entrees
Zaatar Roasted Chicken Breast
Braised Short Rib Tagine, Topped with Toasted Almonds
Moroccan Salmon
Mushroom Ravioli

Served With
Rice Pilaf
Roasted Vegetables


$35 Individual Meal
$125 Family Meal for 4
$10 Delivery Fee 

(Prices are Pre Tax, 3% Fee for Credit Card Processing)

Please place your orders by Thursday, October 7th

Brotherhood Speaker Series

Sunday, October 17, at 9:30 a.m.

Featuring Rabbi Barry Diamond
Topic: Pirates, Pilferers, and Police: Jewish on Both Sides of the Law

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 828 7019 5111

Explore why and how Jews ended up skirting or outright breaking the law.  From being outsiders to being outlaws, Jews have often lived at the borderline between nations, selling, trading, and sometimes outright stealing. How should we make sense of this history, and does it have anything to teach us today?

Future speakers include our own Rabbi Alan Greenbaum (November 21), Dr. Rob Lempert of RAND on climate change and how today’s reality compares with past climate forecasts, and Dr. Pete Peterson, Dean of Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, speaking on our nation’s shifting political perspective.

Zoom Information

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Meeting ID: 828 7019 5111

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Rabbi Lotker Zoom Classes – September, October

Virtual Classes – via Zoom

A Taste of Judaism & Jewish Literacy
with Rabbi Mike Lotker

Wednesdays & Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
9/29/21 – 2/10/22

Rabbi Lotker’s Zoom Room –

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 sessions 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 candidates. 

Jewish Literacy, Wednesday nights.  This class is intended for non-Jews interested in conversion to Judaism, non-Jews just interested in learning more about Judaism, and to Jews who would like an in depth exploration and discussion of our traditions.

Conversion Discussion, Thursday nights.  For those of you contemplating conversion (no commitments necessary at this time), Rabbi Lotker will host a much smaller and more informal session on Thursday evenings following our main class on Wednesdays.  This will be an opportunity for non-Jews to raise question and engage in discussions that you might not feel comfortable with in the larger sessions.

New for this year: Each week we will have a Thursday evening small session for those who are not Jewish and especially those interested in Conversion to Judaism.

Texts: No texts required for the 1st Three “Tastes” sessions
For the Jewish Literacy sessions, the following texts will be used:

  • Lotker, A Christian’s Guide to Judaism, Paulist Press 2004 (available from Rabbi Lotker or online)
  • Olitzky & Isaacs, The Complete How To Handbook for Jewish Living (3 Volumes in 1), KTAV, 1993 (available online)

Introductory Sessions (3 session overview)

  • 9/29 A Taste of Judaism—God (Jewish views of God, spirituality etc.)
  • 10/6 A Taste of Judaism—Torah (Jewish sacred texts, Jewish way of life)
  • 10/13 A Taste of Judaism—Israel (the land, people, and modern state)

Sacred Time

  • 10/20 The Hebrew Calendar, cycle of holidays and Shabbat
  • 10/27 The High Holy Days
  • 11/3 Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot

Sacred Literature

  • 11/10 Bible
  • 11/17 The Mishna & Talmud
  • 12/1 Midrash, Halacha, Jewish legal codes and issues
  • 12/8 Jewish mysticism: Kabbalah & Zohar
  • 12/15 The Prayer book

Jewish History

  • 12/22 All of Jewish history in 90 minutes
  • 1/5/22 Judaism and Christianity—the parting of the ways
  • 1/12 The 20th century (Zionism, antisemitism and the Holocaust)

Living a Jewish Life

  • 1/19 Temple and Synagogue: Home and kashrut
  • 1/26 Life Cycle: Brit Milah, B’nai Mitzvah, marriage (and inter-marriage), divorce, funerals
  • 2/2 Jewish community: Conversion, movements, synagogue life, etc.
  • 2/9 What does Judaism say about sexuality and ??? (students select topics)

And here are some key things to remember as we begin:

  • The first three sessions (Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13) will be a broad overview called “A Taste of Judaism.”  Since there’s so much to cover, these first 3 sessions may last a bit longer than the 90 minutes planned.
  • The following 15 sessions called “Jewish Literacy” will be a more detailed investigation of Judaism.
  • Thanks to the sponsorship of the Jewish Federation of Ventura County, there is no charge for these classes.  Those wishing to make a contribution to the Federation may do so at
  • There will be two books to buy for the Jewish Literacy class but nothing to buy for the “Taste” sessions.
  • Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing on my website and on my You Tube Channel.

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


Booth Brothers: A Virtual Sukkah-thon

Join our Booth Brothers, Rabbi Diamond and Cantor Shukiar, for a virtual Sukkah sleepover!!!

Get your screens ready for an event to be remembered!

Monday, September 20th, 4:00 p.m.
to Tuesday, September 21st, 10:00 a.m.
via Zoom


Activities include interactive games and contests, bedtime stories, lullabies, snacks, and of course, the blessings for Sukkot and the shaking of the Lulav and Etrog.

Get your supplies ready for our

Paper Chain Contest, Monday at 4:15 p.m. (Virtual)

Campfire S’mores, Monday at 8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

A complete schedule of events will be available soon!

CLICK HERE to sponsor this sleepover experience today!!!


Subject to change

Monday, September 20th

4:00 p.m. Welcome
4:15 p.m. Decorate Sukkah: Paper Chain Contest
4:40 p.m. Shofar Blast
5:00 p.m. Minute to Win It – Game 1
5:15 p.m. Online Charades – Heads Up
5:30 p.m. Minute to Win It – Game 2
5:45 p.m. Twister
6:00 p.m. Dinner & Dialogue
6:30 p.m. Hide and Find Lulav and Etrog and Blessings for Sukkot
7:00 p.m. Bedtime Stories and Lullabies
8:00 p.m. Campfire S’mores
8:30 p.m. Never Have I Ever
9:00 p.m. Exotic Desserts

Tuesday, September 21st

8:00 a.m. Sukkot Song Session
8:30 a.m. Water Balloon Toss
9:00 a.m. Scavenger Hunt 

Click here to join the Booth Brothers in the Sukkah!

Slichot Questions

  1. When did you answer the call of a noble or difficult cause? Was it the right decision?
  2. Just as poet Haim Nachman Bialik called upon Jews to defend themselves, when have you been called to defend yourself someone else in any way?
  3. Like the poet Rachel, sometimes we have doubts, even about our noble missions. When have you had doubt about something you were called upon to do?
  4. In what ways do you identify with the early pioneer Zionists?
  5. In what ways do their dilemmas, choices and actions relate to you?

Relgious School Teachers

Rikki Fayne 

Rikki Fayne grew up at TAE, and became a Bat Mitzvah and was confirmed here.  She has two daughters, Madeline and Sophia, who have also attended TAE Religious School.  During the week, she teaches 2nd grade, and looks forward to Sundays when she gets to spend time with our kindergarten class learning about our Jewish community.   

Melanie Berman 

Hello, my name is Melanie Berman and I am very excited to be teaching at TAE! My family and I have been members of TAE for over 13 years. My husband Brian and I have three daughters who have all attended  the preschool and are currently in the religious school. I have been teaching for over 20 years. This year I am very excited to be working with 8th and 9th graders!  I am really looking forward to bringing  my passion of teaching and Judaism to the classroom. 

Bilha Samuel 


My name is Bilha ( BIL-HA) Samuel. I am very excited to be teaching at Adat Elohim this year .  

I was born in Israel . I came to the United States with my family as a teenager and  I attended Fairfax High School. I continued my education and received my B.A in Hebrew Literature and M.A in Education from the American Jewish University. I have taught  in day schoosl and religious schools for over 40 years . I look forward to teaching 6th grade class on Sundays and making the classroom an interactive learning environment. I look forward to meeting the students and the families of Adat Elohim .  

 Carolyn Cunningham 

Hi! My name Is Carolyn Cunningham and I have been involved at Temple Adat Elohim for 30 years. I started as a student, then became a madricha, and finally a teacher. This is my 21st year teaching Religious School at this incredible temple. Last year, I also became the youth group adviser for all 3 youth groups and couldn’t think of a better or more fun job as I am one of the founding members of our Temple youth group.  

I love to cook and have a passion for kids to learn in creative and fun ways. I have been married to the love of my life, Shaun for the last past 3 years.   

As an answer to Covid’s educational challenges, I started my own pod of preschoolers and ran my own summer camp. Temple Adat Elohim is my home away from home and I can’t wait to share all the amazing things it has to offer with my students and their families!. 

Bruce Udelf 

Although Bruce is new to Adat Elohim, he previously taught Religious School for 45 years at synagogues in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and Oakland areas. He has taught every grade from Kindergarten to tenth grade, and was named a Lanier Distinguished Educator (“Educator of the Year”) by the Los Angeles BJE in 2009. Bruce is retired from a career in the field of aging. He has two adult children, and lives in Newbury Park. 

Erin Goldberg 

Hello! My name is Erin and I am so excited to be your teacher this year! I have been teaching religious school for about five years and preschool for seven!  I have my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I am married to my husband Daniel and we have an almost 4 year old named Livvy and a 7 month old named William. We also have two dogs, Rudy and Zuma! In my free time I love to read, draw, paint, and go hiking! I am looking forward to this school year with everyone! 

Rabbi Lotker Zoom Classes – July and August

TWO Classes:

Introduction to Kabbalah

Wednesday evenings, July 14th, 21st, and 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Children of Abraham: Comparing Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Wednesday evenings, August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom: Rabbi Lotker’s Zoom Room –

“Introduction to Kabbalah (July 14, 21, 28)

A three-week exploration of the world of Kabbalah we will explore the simple (is it kabb-a-LAH or ka-BAL-ah?) to the deep (how does the interpretation of word echad in the Shema affect our understanding of God’s nature and our relationship with God). Learn about the history and practices of Kabbalah. There will be time for questions and discussions. CLASS ONE: An Introduction to some of the key ideas about Kabbalah and its interesting history.  CLASS 2: Introduction to the central text of Kabbalah, The Zohar which is a work of pseudepigrapha (don’t know what that means?  Come and find out!).  Discuss the 10 Sefirot, the world of Gematria, the mystical names of God and more.  CLASS THREE: Explore Lurrianic Kabbalah, the Soul, Angels, Hasidim and focus on enhancing Jewish spirituality.

Children of Abraham:  Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam.(August 4, 11, 18, 25)

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 four classes, Rabbi Lotker will introduce these three faiths with a special emphasis on their similarities and differences. 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.  Explore differences in beliefs, historical origins and the reasons behind historical and current conflicts.  Take a detailed look at Holy Neighborhood of Jerusalem and the sacred sites to be found there.

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

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.


ECC Registration

How to Register:

Temple Adat Elohim, Early Childhood Center, or Infant Center Current Members:

Follow these simple steps!

  1. Go to and select “login” (even if you forgot/don’t know your password – the email address is the one we have on file)
  2. If you know your email and password combo enter the information. If you forgot/don’t know your password select “forgot password” and follow the prompts.
  3. After you login, select the “My Enrollments” box.
  4. Then, find “Early Childhood Center 2021-2022 Open for Enrollments.”
  5. Select “Enroll Now” and follow the prompts to complete the enrollment information.
  6. Last, remember to select “Complete Enrollment.”
  7. Check your email for and automated message confirming your enrollment.
  8. Click here to complete a New Student Packet.



Email Donna Becker for a tour or to receive the Registration Forms.

Nar-Anon Family Group


While our nation is in the midst of an epidemic of drug addiction, the addict’s family and friends are also victims as their lives are encompassed with the question of “What To Do?”

As there are recovery programs for the addicts, there are also programs for the families and friends as well.  The Nar-Anon Family Group is a worldwide non-profit organization with a program designed for those who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of a loved one.  When you join a Nar-Anon Family Group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could.

We are fortunate to have a Nar-Anon Family group in Thousand Oaks, CA.  It meets every Thursday evening at 7:30 to 9:00 pm on Zoom due to Covid. (previously at Temple Adat Elohim). There are no dues or fees. 

Not only will you find comfort being with people who share their own experiences strength and hope, but you will be introduced to literature that will help guide you in this journey with addiction.

There are no professionals or experts in our meetings. There are only other members who have struggled with the addiction problem of someone they love. All members are treated with respect, confidence, and anonymity. What you hear stays within the walls of the meeting rooms

Please join us at Nar-Anon on a Thursday evening of your choice if a friend or family member is experiencing a problem with addiction.  For further information and our Zoom Link please contact Jack at (805) 852-5333, Michelle at (818) 620-0566, or Jannice at (818) 522-6259