This page was last updated: May 27, 2020
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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
Week at a glance

Thursday, May 28
Walk with Sheila at Ojai Museum, 8am

Friday, May 29
Virtual Shabbat with Sheila Cohn, 6pm
See Zoom info below...

Sunday, May 31
Walk with Sheila at Ojai Museum, 8am
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...
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.

Jim Richman has a suggestion about using a grocery shopper to fill your needs.  Click here to read it...
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 helping you, and the June 25 annual member meeting. 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 offers her latest Shabbat sermons. And information about her background. Read them here...

Her latest sermon, given on May 22, may be found by clicking here...
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,
All JCO facilities are closed to all events.

Thank you for your help and understanding as we work our way back to normalcy.
It's that time again

Membership dues are payable

You can pay in lump sum or installments
Please click here to pay your dues
 with a credit card

Thank you very much
Sheila Cohn is inviting you to
 a Shabbat Zoom meeting.

Topic: JCO Community Shabbat
Time: May 29, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 9142 5378
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Virtual Shavuot on May 28 at 6pm
Click here for more info...