From Rabbi Lisa


Rabbi Lisa Bock enjoys teaching and learning about Judaism. After 25 years working in business and learning about Judaism, she closed her business and earned her Master’s in Rabbinic Studies and ordination at the Academy of Jewish Religion, California. While a real estate appraiser and business leader, she also volunteered and worked in various capacities in the Jewish community prior to becoming a rabbi, including being a URJ Certified Outreach Schindler Fellow for Conversion Mentoring and Interfaith Mentoring, and volunteering on local and national committees. She taught and mentored those new to Judaism and those returning to Judaism, as well as welcoming and integrating interfaith families into Jewish life.

Rabbi Bock has joined us as our rabbi here in beautiful Ojai. In addition, Rabbi Bock is also a Mussar leader and facilitator with the Mussar Institute, leads life cycle ceremonies, provides spiritual care to patients in hospice and their families, teaches in various settings, and joined the team of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Instructors in 2014. She also serves on the board of the Sandra Caplan Community Beit Din in Los Angeles. Rabbi Lisa loves to walk with husband Ken and their dog Lilly. Rabbi Lisa and Ken have two grown children.


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“Intolerance lies at the core of evil.
Not the intolerance that results from any threat or danger.
But intolerance of another being who dares to exist.
Intolerance without cause. It is so deep within us,
because every human being secretly desires the entire universe to himself.
Our only way out is to learn compassion without cause.

To care for each other simply because that ‘other’ exists.”

– Rabbi Menachem Mendel

“Our only way out is to learn…compassion without cause. To care for each other simply because that ‘other’ exists.”

We often look on at the world, and hear about terrible events taking place, and we wonder how can we change things, promote clear and balanced thinking, and encourage learning and growth, for everyone, including our young people, and our young adults.

Today we need not wonder what we can do.

Today the Jewish Journal published the following action alert from the Anti-Defamation League. It is important for each of us to know about, read, and take action on this.

The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC), that is to be part of the California high school curriculum, shows “manifest indifference, and even hostility, to the American Jewish experience and community. The curriculum erases American Jewish history by failing to include Jews in a meaningful way, and it neglects any discussion of anti-Semitism. Further, it incorporates harmful anti-Jewish stereotypes in its completely inappropriate and biased criticism of Israel in a curriculum intended to focus on American ethnic groups.”

Today – we can do something. Click on the link below, read more and take the action steps listed at the bottom of the article.

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Rabbi Lisa