From Rabbi Lisa

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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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On Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm, a solidarity event will take place at the Islamic Center of the South Bay in Lomita:25816 Walnut St, Lomita, CA 90717. Rabbi Leah Lewis of Temple Menorah will be participating

A Prayer for the Victims of the New Zealand Mosque Massacre
by Rabbi Naomi Levy


Our hearts are breaking, God
Over the innocent souls who came to their mosques
To worship You in peace.
In your eyes, God, all people are equally loved,
equally precious.


Today,
We pray as one people,
brothers and sisters of all faiths,
We pray for the power to build a world without hatred.
We pray for the strength to overcome prejudice and intolerance.
We pray for safety and protection for all.
We pray for healing.
We pray for peace.
Teach us how to rise above our grief and fear
And uproot the spirit of hate that has poisoned too many souls.


We pray for the dead and we pray for those left behind.
You alone know the pain of every survivor and mourner
Of this horrific slaughter.
Ease their suffering, God
Breathe strength and comfort into their souls.


God, help us join together as One People
To put an end to hatred, an end to gun violence.


Help us, God, to honor the souls of the dead
By raising our hands
And voices together
In the cause of peace.
Work through us, God.
Turn our helplessness into action.
Teach us to believe that we can
Rise up from this tragedy
And banish the hate
That is tearing our world apart.
Innocent blood calls out to us!
Let our fears give way to hope.


God of the brokenhearted,
God of the living, God of the dead,
Gather the souls of the victims
Into Your eternal shelter.
Let them find peace
In Your presence, God.
Their lives have ended
But their lights
Can never be extinguished.
May they shine on us always
And illuminate our way.
Amen.