This page was last updated: February 26, 2020
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A contemporary congregation serving the entire Ojai Valley. Offering a wide array of services to Jews of all denominations.
Week at a glance

Thursday, February 27
Walk with Sheila at Ojai Museum, 8am

Friday, February 28
Tea and Talk with the Rabbi, 4pm
Shabbat led by Rabbi Lisa, 6pm
Potluck oneg following service. Please bring dairy or fish main dish only (no shellfish).Plus drinks to share. Dessert will be provided.

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 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:

Sheila Cohn​
John Gottesman
Alan Greenberg, President
Tony Hirsch, MD, Vice President
Elizabeth Holon
John Owens
Jackie Sherman
Andrew Snett, Treasurer
Cecilia Starin
Larry Steingold
Sharon West, MD, Secretary

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 
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.

The Bylaws Committee and the JCO Board have completed the changes to our bylaws. 

Please click here to view the revised bylaws. Our thanks to the Committee for their diligence and good work.

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..
JCO President, Alan Greenberg, has a message that is focused on the recent musical, wall sconces, JCO security and his request that you phone him. Please click here to read it.

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 has a message about intolerance and changes to California high school curriculum. And information about her background. Read it here...

Join the Rabbi for Tea and Talk at JCO on Friday, February 28 at 4pm.  just sharing our thoughts and companionship.

Hebrew School for kids 5-11 years old
Session 2 began January 10
There are 6 meetings in Session 2

Members and Non-Members are welcome

More infor  
by clicking here...
Feeding the Homeless

This year we will be serving our Homeless guests starting December 2 and the first Monday every month through March at St Andrews Episcopal Church.

Your continued donations for this program are much appreciated to be able to continue our work to fulfill the Mitzvah of helping the less fortunate. Although we have a core group of volunteers, I always try to fit in volunteers to share in this mitzvah.

If you wish to help, please get in touch with me, John Gottesman, via my email...

Save the Date

Passover Seder

Saturday, April 11 at 6pm
Soule Park Golf Course
Led by Rabbi Lisa Bock
Reservation forms to follow soon

Join your community as we celebrate together