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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 here

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

Interested in the dates of the Jewish Holidays? Click here
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...
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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 day...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 Sunday, Tuesday and 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​
Stephanie Goldie-Brasacchio
Alan Greenberg
Leah Hecker
Ira Levin
Janet Owens
Shlomo Raz, M.D.
Andrew Snett
Larry Steingold
Sharon West, MD

Location and Phone

530 W. El Roblar
Meiners Oaks, CA 93023

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 

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  letter, Alan talks about Shabbat dinners with the Rabbi, group dinner following Onegs, and more ...You can read his letter 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 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...

Membership dues can be paid
 via the web

Please click here to pay your dues
 with a credit card

Thank you very much
Click here
 to meet our JCO Board members
Week at a glance

Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
Walk with Sheila, 8am

Friday, December 3
Shabbat live with 
Sheila Cohn, 6pm
followed by Hannukah party

Saturday, December 4
Torah study, 10am
Also on Zoom

Let's join together as a community to welcome Shabbat  With Sheila Cohn
 in the Temple and via Zoom
 on Friday at 6PM
Click here for our broadcast via Zoom

Join us for Torah Study
 at JCO on Saturday mornings at 10am.

No previous experience required.

Led by our members, we will study and make friends.  Nosh with us too.
No matter how you spell it...

Please join us as we celebrate

Shabbat and Chanukah at JCO

Friday, December 3 at 6pm

with stories, songs, latkes and lights. Led by Rabbi Lisa and Bob Birk. Bring your best latkes in an oven proof dish, to be judged in the "blind" latke cookoff.

If latkes are "not your thing", salads, applesauce, sour cream and soufganiot (jelly doughnuts) are welcome . Just let us know what you will bring so we have enough of everything.

Please email or

Bring your menorah and we will all 
light our 6th candle together!
JCO invites you to 
an evening with Brian Lisus

Concert, movie, Q&A

Works by Rachmaninov, Bach, Bloch
Cello: Simone Vitucci
Piano: Adam McDonald

December 12
4:00 PM
in the sanctuary
The concert is free, donations are welcome
Masks are required

Click here for more info...