September 17, 2018
Let me begin my monthly letter by wishing all of our members a healthy and happy New Year. The Rosh Hashanah services were beautifully done, thanks to the efforts of our Religious committee and, of course, Rabbi Lotker. I also want to give a lot of praise on the choir. I know that they practiced long and hard, and the result of that was a beautiful addition to the services. I am sure that their contribution to the Yom Kippur services will be equally as good.
The Facilities committee has been studying what it would like to see our JCO acquire, using some of the money that was raised to establish the Facilities Improvement Fund. This money was raised privately from a very small group of generous members. I am very pleased to report that its first recommendation to the Board was approved at the September BOD meeting. 3 large trees will be planted in the front yard which will not only beautify the entire front entry, but will also add needed shade to protect the lawn.
Recently we rented our social hall to the Ojai Bridge Club for one of their 3 hour tournaments. Many of the players asked if they could see our sanctuary, and when they did the overwhelming reaction was that they had no idea that such a jewel existed in Ojai. We see it all the time, but sometimes we don't realize what a blessing we have right in our midst.
As you will recall, last year's Board was working on a revised set of Bylaws, but in February they decided to put it on hold and let the next Board take it up again. We have done that and last week a copy of the draft of the new Bylaws was sent by email to all members. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to us for consideration. It is hoped that the final draft will be approved at the October Board meeting.
The Social committee is putting on a BBQ picnic at Soule Park on September 30th from 3:30 to 6:30. This is FREE for all members. We would like to see a big crowd at the picnic, so please go on to the Temple web site and sign up. It only takes a few seconds.
Something new!! We have registered with a computer company to manage a Yahrzeit program. Our members will be able to go to a link and register their dearly departed relatives and close friends. This is a FREE service for all of our members that will be activated very shortly. You will be receiving a special email, and all you will have to do is go to a link on our web site and fill in a very simple form that takes less than a minute to do. Then, every year a few weeks before the Yahrzeit is to be read on Shabbat, you will receive an email informing you of the coming Yahrzeit date. The deceased's name will be read by the rabbi during the service, and you will be welcome to say a few words about your relative or friend.
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.
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Tony Hirsch, Vice President 805-570-0413 805-640-8398 9:00
In closing.......... It's going to be a great year!