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March 15, 2018
Rabbi Lotker Returning for One More Year Before Retirement
He Will Reduce Commitment to One Friday Night Service per Month
Plus High Holiday Services
Rabbi Search Process to Begin Soon
As Rabbi Lotker’s three-year contract is concluding at the end of May, we initiated a conversation about extending his contract. At this meeting he expressed a desire to serve JCO for only one more year, but reducing his schedule to only one Friday Night Service per month. He will conduct High Holiday Services this fall. He has graciously offered to step down prior to the end of the year should we retain the services of a new rabbi during that time. Rabbi Lotker wishes to spend more time with his family. He will continue in his duties with the Jewish Federation of Ventura County.
We will initiate a rabbi search process by sending out a survey to all members asking for their input on what they would like in a new spiritual leader. Subsequently, a rabbi search committee will be convened, which will be open to any member in good standing who is willing to commit the time, energy and creativity this process requires. They will be guided by the results of the survey. We expect to have an opportunity to “audition” potential candidates as part of the screening process. Under the currently proposed Bylaws, the members would vote on approving the committee’s selection.