Our Clergy

Rabbi Paul Kipnes

Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes is the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami and our first full-time rabbi. Rabbi Kipnes (or Rabbi Paul, as many call him) reflects upon being a rabbi: As a rabbi, as your rabbi, I seek to be a warm, welcoming, compassionate presence in your life and in the life of your family. I hope to create a synagogue home which makes you feel warmly welcomed. I strive to be accessible, approachable and inspiring…

Cantor Kyle Cotler

Cantor Kyle comes from a long line of Jewish music – his great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served in Ventura; and his father, Doug, is the cantor emeritus at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas. Cantor Kyle studied at the Academy for Jewish Religion in California and is now a fourth generation cantor and first generation rabbi. That has to be some kind of record! Cantor Kyle’s love for music was nurtured at a young age…

Rabbi Lana Zilberman Soloway

Rabbi Lana Zilberman Soloway is one of Or Ami’s rabbis and is rabbi to our youth and family educational programs. Rabbi Lana reflects upon her rabbinate: It’s about the journey Searching for my own identity is a very central part of my life. Questions like: Who am I? and Where do I belong? have been present in my life since the day I was born. Five years ago, a week before Passover, during the first year of Rabbinical school….
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