Michael Lotker

Rabbi Michael Lotker is 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 second career rabbi having been ordained at age 55 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2003. Rabbi Lotker is also a physicist who spent his first career in alternative energy focusing on wind, solar and geothermal energy. 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. Rabbi Lotker holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from Queens College in New York City and from the University of Illinois and is widely published in the alternative energy field. 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. Rabbi Lotker is a member of the Central Conference of America Rabbis and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.


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