Rabbi Michael Lotker is a second career rabbi having been ordained at age 55 from the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2003.  He is a physicist who spent his first
career in Alternative Energy focusing on wind, solar and geothermal energy.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from Queens College in New York City
and from the University of Illinois.  Prior to his ordination from HUC-JIR (the Reform movement's
rabbinic seminary) in 2003, he received his Master of Hebrew Letters degree from this same
institution.  An entrepreneur, he started a number of alternative energy firms including a wind
power development company that installed and operated wind farms in Hawaii and California.  He
is widely published in the alternative energy field.

He is presently Rabbi Emeritus at
Temple Ner Ami in Camarillo, California, Rabbi of the Jewish
Community of Ojai, and the Community Rabbi for the Jewish Federation of Ventura County.  He is
a member of the Central Conference of America Rabbis and the Board of Rabbis of Southern
California. His interest and participation in interfaith dialogue stimulated his rabbinic thesis
entitled "
Ezer Knegdo: Toward a Theology of Jewish-Christian Partnership."  He is a sought after
speaker at synagogues, churches and campuses.  In June, 2014, he offered the opening prayer at
the United States House of Representives.   
[click here to see it].
About Rabbi Michael Lotker
Rabbi Lotker is available to support community members with services as described below:

Weddings:  Rabbi Lotker's flexible approach to weddings is to educate the couple about Jewish
traditions and then have them make decisions about their wedding.  He will officiate at interfaith
and same gender weddings and ceremonies and at local or destination venues.  
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some feedback from Rabbi Lotker's weddings.

Funerals:  Rabbi Lotker meets with the family to plan a service that will honor the deceased and
comfort their mourners.  He is flexible concerning cremations.  
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from Rabbi Lotker's funerals.

Baby Namings:  From traditional Brit Milah to more modern approaches, Rabbi Lotker involves the
whole family in the ceremony.

Spiritual Counseling:  In your home, in the hospital or other facility or in his office, Rabbi Lotker is
here to listen, comfort an help.

Classes, Presentations & Scholar-In-Residence:  Rabbi Lotker's expertise covers a wide range of
subjects including:
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • What Every Serious Christian Should Know About Judaism
  • Children of Abraham:  Understanding Judaism, Christianity & Islam
  • How a Rabbi/Physicist Views Religion, God and Belief
  • Understanding Jewish Sacred Literature:  The Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah and Beyond
  • The Afterlife
  • Focused Bible Study:  For Example, "What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden?"

Please click on the "Contact Rabbi Lotker" tab to email Rabbi Lotker.