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
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. Click here to see 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. Click here too see some
feedback 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 Us" link to email Rabbi Lotker.