Board Election

Notice of JCO Board Advisory Election

At the Annual Meeting -- which will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 PM – an “advisory” election will be conducted to select up to nine (9) new board directors, who will serve two-year terms. The results of this advisory election will immediately be certified by the sitting Board of Directors. Subsequently, at its first meeting, the new Board will elect its officers.

Candidates for a Board position include:

Sheila Cohn
John Gottesman
Alan Greenberg
Tony Hirsch
John Owens
Jackie Sherman
Andrew Snett
Larry Steingold
Sharon West

Scroll down to see the bios of some of the people who are seeking a board position.

Ballots will be mailed early during the week of April 23rd to all members in good standing. Ballots must be returned by mail no later than May 17th or be submitted in-person at the Annual Meeting. No replacement ballots will be issued. Complete instructions will be contained on the ballot. 

Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you.

Lynne Goldfarb, Ph.D.
President- Jewish Community of Ojai- Board of Directors

Here are the bios of some of the people seeking a board position...

Anthony T. Hirsch

Barbara and I moved to Ojai 18 years ago. It was very important to us that there be a Jewish presence in our new town and KHA fulfilled that need. I am not one to attend weekly services. I am, however, deeply rooted in tradition and the need for our religion to have acceptance through the ongoing presence of JCO in Ojai. Of course, it is essential that those who wish to attend weekly services, have the best possible place to do so.

17 years ago I joined the Board of KHA (now JCO) and served four years as treasurer. Since that time, Barbara and I have been very involved both in vision and support.

Currently, I am practicing Adult and Pediatric Allergy in Ojai 2 days a week. I have chaired the Department of Pediatrics and was the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. My board experience in medical and community service has been vast. I have been on the Boards of the Rubicon Theatre, Focus on the Masters (treasurer), and the Ojai Film Society (President and treasurer).

It is my desire to rejoin the Board of JCO at this time. I hope that with my prior experience and qualifications, you will see fit to put me there.

Jackie Sherman,RN,PhD 

I have been on the Temple Board, and served as Secretary several years ago. I am a registered nurse and Professor of Nursing at California State University Channel Islands. I have lived in Ojai since 2008, and I desire to be on the Board to work on enhancing the already existing community at the Temple. I enjoy planning events and connecting with members of the current Jewish community, as well as others in Ojai. I am also the founder of New Beginnings Yoga Retreats and have completed many yoga teacher training programs.

Larry Steingold

Larry Steingold joined the Jewish Community of Ojai last year when he and his wife, Joyce, relocated from their home in Rhode Island to be closer to their children and extended family. Since joining the JCO, they have found a wonderful sense of belonging in Ojai and Larry would like to further his involvement and contributions by joining the board.

Larry earned a BA and MBA before beginning a 37 year career in real estate. He is currently a broker at Lee & Associates in Oxnard and is also lending his time to teach a financial awareness class to high school students at Chaparral School. Prior to his cross-country move, Larry was committed to improving his community in Rhode Island with roles on the East Greenwich Land Trust Board, the Ocean State Business Development Board, a Junior Achievement Mentor, and with the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of the Touro Fraternal Association - a Jewish fraternal order In the Northeast. After actively raising his children in the Jewish Community in Rhode Island, Larry plans utilize his experience and insights to better the Jewish Community of Ojai.

Sheila Cohn
I have been a member for 21 years and have served as President for 5 1/2 years, and therefore feel that I have experienced every phase of growth that we have gone through and every issue. Now, the task is to find a new Rabbi, and as chair of the Religious Practices committee I will have to attend many board meetings. I feel qualified to serve on the Board because I know almost all the members and their immediate families by name. One of my goals is to be able to personally greet everyone who comes through our doors and make them feel welcome. Knowing the congregation is the best way to serve each member.

Alan Greenberg

I moved to Ojai in 2006 and joined the “Temple” a year later. At that time, I attended a special ad hoc meeting called by Jerry Kaplan, his purpose of which was to initiate 3 committees to help give the Temple a better sense of organization. I volunteered for the Finance commmittee and have been a member of it for 11 consecutive years. Led by Fred Rothenberg, we have met every month for a total of about 132 meetings. This committee has been responsible for putting the Temple on the solid financial footing that it enjoys today.

However, Jerry was not done. In 2013, I was invited by Jerry to be part of a committee to create a true renaissance in the Temple. He also invited David Cohn and Barbara Hirsch. We spent about 8 months interviewing a large amount of members and non-members, rabbis, and friends. We wrote a 9 page Strategic Plan that 4 years ago was approved by the Board without any changes. In the interim, sadly, Jerry becaome ill and was unable to continue with his vision.

After Board approval, the 3 of us did everything we could to implement the Plan. The primary elements were to remodel our building, raise the money to pay for it, and increase our membership. We successfully raised the money needed to do the remodeling, and the remodeling of the Social Hall, the Bimah, the Entry Hall, the Library, and the bathrooms was completed in early 2016. We increased the membership from 60 families to 95 by the end of 2016. Unfortunately, during the past year, the membership has declined to 84 families.

From 2014 to 2017 I was the Treasurer of the JCO, and I also served simultaneously on the Board of Directors, and the Strategic Planning, Finance, Social, and Membership committees.

I have just completed 4 consecutive years of being on the Board. I feel that I have experienced all phases of the operation and administration of the JCO. I would like to continue to serve on the Board. If I am elected, I pledge to, again, do my utmost to increase our membership and also to help to implement several improvements that will enhance everybody’s Temple experience. If I am elected, I also urge any member or non-member to contact me at any time by email or phone should they have a suggestion, complaint, or any other message that they want me or the Board to be made aware of. 

Thank you for your support.

Sharon West, MD

I am a retired psychiatrist and veteran of the USArmy. Prior to becoming a psychiatrist I practiced Emergency Medicine for 15 years. I am grateful to the JCO for the warm welcome that was offered to me when I joined and has continued to this day. Part of the way I give back is by preparing the Temple every Friday for the Shabbat service and oneg. I am Board Member, Secretary, and Chairman of the Grant Committee for Ojai Youth Opera.I look forward to serving on the Board of JCO and hope to make a contribution to the Board and the members of JCO.

John Owens

John Owens has held senior positions in the public, private, and academic sectors, with particular emphasis in emerging or transitioning economies. His academic interests and research, as a Professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, are in experiential education, project management and global education development. His private sector interests are investment strategies for developing markets, corporate reorganization, and business development. 

In the private sector John has over 20 years of experience in venture capital investing; over half of which was in international locations. His private sector capital commitments have included food processing, textiles, chemicals, air transport, food service, hotels, financial services and capital equipment. His activities have also included collaboration with international multilateral organizations, including IFC/World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Asian Development Bank.

On the religious side, John was one of the founding members of Kehillat Ma’arav, a conservative congregation of about 300 families in Santa Monica, CA. In Ojai, John is a member of the JCO, serving on the Finance Committee. He and his wife Janet have been residents of Ojai since 2013.