This page was last updated: August 14, 2018
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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

Monday, August 13
JCO Board meeting, 6:30pm

Thursday, August 16
Walk with Sheila, Ojai Museum, 8am

Friday, August 17
Shabbat Under the Stars with Rabbi Lotker at the Weinstein home, 6pm

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...
Interested in learning more about the various committees that keep the Temple humming? We strongly encourage you to read about them and, if intrigued, contact the chair of your choice to discuss your participation in what interests you. Click here...
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:

Sheila Cohn​
Deborah Finley Delamore
John Gottesman
Alan Greenberg, President
Tony Hirsch, MD, Vice President
John Owens
Miriam Rosen
Jackie Sherman
Andrew Snett, Tresurer
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 contact John Allen at 708-567-6650. 
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.

Interested in the workings of the Bylaws Committee?  Click here to see what's happening...
Rabbi Lotker has firmed up the details of  a trip to Israel from October 18 to October 27 plus an optional side trip to Rome. Please click here for details including site visits, costs, travel arrangements and two meetings to address your questions.  He invites you to accompany him on this extraordinary trip.

With the beginning of our fiscal year on June 1st, please expect to receive an invoice for your dues soon. Once again, there is no dues increase. However, we have implemented a 3% service charge on all online credit card payments to offset our costs. Please click here for more info...
As of the 1st of June, we have a new Board of Directors and new Officers. The most important issue that they have taken up is the establishment of a full set of committees, as they are the underpinnings of our organization, The outgoing Board placed a proposal on the first-ever ballot that asked the voters to approve or disapprove the concept that every member should serve the JCO a minimum of 2 hours per year (non-monitored).

At the Annual Meeting the ballots were counted and the majority voted YES on this. 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. Please click here to read it.

You can also read the Board meeting minutes by clicking here...
Pottery Making

Sunday, August 19, 11am-1pm
At the Firestick Pottery Studio

Temple member, Robin Nahin, will be guiding us on a creative venture for each of us to make hand-built ceramic pieces of your choice: bowls, planters, vases or simple sculptures. You must pre-register.

Click here for more info and registration.
Tree of Life Stained Glass

Member Sharon West has written a piece describing the creation of the stained glass window at the rear of the bimah. Created by Adamm Gritlefeld, the window has an interesting history.

Please click here to read about it...
Shabbat Under the Stars

Please join us Friday, August 17th at 6:00 p.m. for a very special Shabbat Under the Stars, hosted by Wendy Wilson and Jeffrey Weinstein at 353 Montana Road, Ojai (off of Cuyama). A potluck dinner will begin after the service.

Please bring a cushion or chair to sit on and a dish to share. Suggested food ideas: chicken drummettes or kabobs, beef kabobs, tuna salad, tabbouleh or couscous, fruit salad, green salad, egg salad, eggplant caponata, cole slaw, grilled veggies, lox platter with tomatoes & capers, dolmas, wine/juice/sparkling water. We’ll provide challah and dessert.

Contact Wendy at (310) 741-7319 or and advise what you’ll be bringing.

Once again, the Ventura County Interfaith community is proud to partner with the Abundant Table and other faith organizations to host a Labor Day Interfaith Harvest on 9/3/18, so save the date. The attached flyer provides all the important details. See you there!
High Holy Days information
 can be found
by clicking here...

If you wish to enter a loved one's name
 in the Book of Remembrance,
 please click here...