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A contemporary congregation serving the entire Ojai Valley. Offering a wide array of services to Jews of all denominations.
Your Temple in the Ojai Valley
The weekly Torah portion can be found at the Union for Reform Judaism website.....click here

or, get another point of view at the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism...click here

Interested in the dates of the Jewish Holidays? Click here
Week at a glance


Thursday, September 24
Walk with Sheila at Ojai Museum, 8am

Friday, September 25
No Torah study
Shabbat with Rabbi Lisa, 6pm

Sunday, September 27
Yom Kippur eve, 7pm

Monday, September 28
Yom Kippur day, 10am

Todah Rabah!

Want to thank someone who has done something special for the Temple and our members? You can do it by simply sending us a note.  Click here to see how it works...
Your donations are always appreciated. If you wish, you can use your credit card to pay your membership dues, purchase commemorative plaques, enroll in our special classes, or just make a contribution to our general fund.  Click here for more information...
You've asked us to provide a means for telling other congregants about things of personal interest to you. You can post items of interest to you, and others may add comments to your postings,

Visit the Bulletin Board by clicking here or on the menu button on the left side of the screen.


Wanna go for a Walk with Sheila?

It's never too late to start exercising and what better way than with a group friends. You can catch up on their lives, gossip a little and enjoy the fresh Ojai morning air. We do a different walk every week...usually about 3 miles or 7-8,000 steps, almost a whole day's quota. Hope to see you at 8am on the west side of the Ojai Valley Museum courtyard on Thursday mornings, rain or shine.
Become a Member

Please read a message from the Chairman of our Membership Committee that explains how you can greatly benefit from becoming a member of our Jewish Community of Ojai. Access our message by clicking here.... 

Ready to become a member?...application available by clicking here.... 

Join our mailing list to receive periodic e-mails
about Temple activities and events...
Board Members:

Debe Bloom
Sheila Cohn​
Alan Greenberg
Janet Owens
Shlomo Raz
Andrew Snett
Cecilia Starin
Larry Steingold
Michael Swimmer
Sharon West, MD

Location and Phone

530 W. El Roblar
Meiners Oaks, CA 93023
805-646-4464

Mail...P.O. Box 172
Ojai, CA 93024
Please consider leaving a bequest to Jewish Community of Ojai in your will or estate plan. This is an excellent way to help ensure the long-term economic strength of our congregation. For more information, please email us at info@ojaitemple.org 
Monthly Food Collection-HELP of Ojai Food Pantry

Sponsored by the Social Action Committee, JCO will collect non-perishable foods & household supplies for the HELP of Ojai’s Food Pantry -- one of its Community Assistance Programs for low income and homeless residents.

Food collection bags will be distributed at the last Friday Night Service of each month. They should be returned before or at the first Friday Night Service of the next month and will be be stored in the Rabbi’s Study/Library. A continuous supply of bags will be available there. Guidelines for food & supplies purchases are printed on the bags.

We hope that members of the JCO community will combine shopping for this valuable program with their regular shopping trips. Every little bit helps someone in need in the Ojai Valley.


One of the most important issue we have taken up is having a full set of committees, as they are the underpinnings of our organization. JCO members approved the concept that every member should serve the JCO a minimum of 2 hours per year.

Serving on a committee will certainly satisfy this obligation. Please join a committee. Your JCO needs your talents, your assistance, and your participation. You can decide just how much energy you want to put forth to benefit the committee you choose and the JCO.

Please click here for information about our committees..
In his August letter, Alan talks about High Holidays...

You can read his letter by clicking here...

You can also read the Board meeting minutes by clicking here
The Social Action Committee was formed to create projects that benefit the general community and to participate in ongoing social action projects led by other local groups. Click here to read more...
JCO has a service for our members. This new service will alert you whenever a departed loved one's Yahrzeit date is approaching. 

In addition, the name of your relative or friend will be spoken by the religious leader on the Friday Shabbat service that is closest to the Yahrzeit date.

This is a FREE service that depends on you to complete the information about your departed loved ones.

Click here for more info and a link to submitting your information...


Rabbi Lisa offers her latest Shabbat sermons. And information about her background. Read them here...

Her latest sermon may be found by clicking here...

Join the Rabbi for Torah study 
on Fridays from 1 to 2pm. Via Zoom
No study on Sept 11
...
​https://zoom.us/j/96283707202?pwd=Y0NBSWdnUklWNExMMG9wMEZhL2JBUT09
Hebrew School for kids 7-13 years old
Sessions are postponed due to
community health considerations.

Members and Non-Members are welcome


Due to health concerns,
JCO facilities are closed to most events.
It's that time again

Membership dues are payable

Please click here to pay your dues
 with a credit card

Thank you very much
Click here
 to meet our JCO Board members
High Holy Days

This year will be far different than what has taken place in the past. We will not be experiencing the services in our own building. Instead, you will be logging in to a special webinar ZOOM site to view the services. You can get detailed info about the webinar by clicking here...

Rabbi Lisa will again be leading us, along with the able assitance of Cantor Carl Jacobs. The online start times will be the same as they always have been.

High Holy Days webinar Zoom info can be found by clicking here... 


Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) 
September 27 (Sunday) 7:00 p.m. Evening Service

Yom Kippur Day
September 28 (Monday)  
10:00 a.m. Morning Service 
 1:30 p.m. Family Service
 2:30 p.m. Discussion Group with Rabbi Lisa Bock
 4:30 p.m. Service of Healing
 5:00 p.m. Yiskor: Memorial Service 
 6:00 p.m. Ne'ila: Closing Service

Want a High Holiday prayer book?
Click here...
High Holiday Webinar
 Zoom Info 
can be found
by clicking here...