This page was last updated: June 22, 2018
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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, June 21 
Walk with Sheila, Ojai Museum 8am

Friday, June 22
Community Shabbat, 6pm

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.

Our JCO Security Procedures can be found by clicking here...
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...
Now that the new (fiscal) year has begun, your new Board of Directors is requesting that all of JCO's members seriously consider serving on a committee. It does not entail a lot of work. There will be monthly meetings that you will attend. You can decide just how much energy you want to put forth to benefit the committee and the JCO. Please click here for information about our committees..

Please contact Sharon West at to indicate your preference. Or call Sharon at 301-661-1466. Or call Alan Greenberg if you have any questions at 214-842-2996. Thank you very much for pitching in.
Our new Board of Directors held its first official meeting last week. It was led by Alan Greenberg, who was elected the President at that meeting.

Click here to read a message from Alan...
There has been a major shift in the longstanding effort to research, analyze, and draft a revised set of Bylaws.

Click here for the latest information
A Very Special Shabbat Service

On June 29th at 6 pm, Rabbi Lotker will be leading a unique service that will honor Barbara and Marvin Beck. They dedicated a great deal of their time and talent to beautify the Sanctuary.

The service will be followed by our traditional end-of-the-month Pot Luck Dinner. Please bring an entrée, but be sure that there is no shellfish or meat in it. Soft drinks and wine to share would also be appreciated. Dessert will be provided.