Message from Alan Greenberg
Board Meetings

Please come to our Board meetings. We would love to hear your opinions on Temple matters. If convenient, email or call me first to give me a hint as to what you would like to talk about. My contact info is right above this message. The meetings take place at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Monday of each month.

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​July 17, 2019

We certainly celebrated our 25th anniversary in grand style. Both events were very well-attended, and a very good time was had by all. A plaque is now on the back wall of the sanctuary honoring the "Temple Treasures". These are the people who were selected by the Board of Directors because they consistently gave of their time and effort to sustain and improve the viability of our synagogue. 

We are now well into the 2nd (and final) year of my presidency. So much was accomplished in 2018-2019, and for that I am truly grateful to everyone who helped to make it so successful.

Our focus right now is squarely on improving the security of our members when they come to worship in our beautiful sanctuary. After months of attending seminars, holding meetings, seeking professional advice, and brainstorming and planning, we have decided on a final master plan that will greatly improve the safety and security during the Shabbat services and the High Holydays services. 

I am not at liberty to give you the details at this time, but suffice it to say that we are spending a significant amount of money to execute this plan. It will be completed prior to the High Holydays. 

Also prior to the HH, we will be inviting all of our members to come to the Temple for an orientation session. You have certainly heard about the attacks in Pittsburgh and Poway. We are hoping to deflect such an attack here in Ojai, should we be unfortunate to have to deal with one. It will be in your best interests to attend this orientation.

Finally, the next time you are in the sanctuary, please take note of the 3 chandeliers that have replaced the ones that have been hanging in this great room for years. They are about 60 years old and came from a synagogue in Pennsylvania that closed its doors due to the dwindling Jewish population. I think you will agree with me that these light fixtures are not only unique in design, but are also quite beautiful and feel like they were meant to hang in our sanctuary.

We have also added additional illumination in the form of track lighting that is designed to provide better lighting for reading from the prayer books.

After the 25th celebration, things have become relatively quiet at the Temple, but they will pick up again as we get into September. In the meantime, we still have Shabbat every Friday evening at 6 pm and a pot luck on the last Friday of every month. 

Should you have any questions or comments, please see the list below. Please note that we have 2 new members of the Board that were elected in May. They are Cecilia Starin and Elizabeth Hollon. 



Feel free to contact any of your new Board members if you have a question or a comment. Here is a list for your convenience. To send an e-mail, please click on the Board member's name.

                                                     Cell Phone              Home Phone       

Alan Greenberg, President           214-842-2996         805-646-1211               
Tony Hirsch, Vice President         805-570-0413          805-640-8398                  
Sharon West , Secretary              301-661-1466          none                              
Andrew Snett, Treasurer              805-723-4100          805-640-0352                  
Sheila Cohn                                 805-794-0115           805-640-8878                  
John Gottesman                          805-320-8453           none                                
Elizabeth Hollon                          805-850-8575           none
John Owens                                private                       805-500-5415                 
Jackie Sherman                          805-798-2136           none                               
Cecilia Starin                               949-412-3413           805-500-5417
Larry Steingold                           401-529-3829            none