From Rabbi Lisa

October 24, 2018


From the time I was a young girl riding horses under the great oak trees of California, I would look up at the sky, and out towards the rolling hills and talk with the Divine. I have been incredibly fortunate to follow this path into adulthood, pursuing the rich depth of Jewish learning, way of life, and the exploration of Torah, ethics, character, and the journey of our souls. Judaism is a rich tapestry that I love learning and talking about, and it is a blessing that I love to share, discuss and study.

-Rabbi Lisa Bock

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.