Social Action

The 2018-19 Ojai Valley Winter Shelter Program

The Ojai Valley Winter Shelter is manned by us on the first Monday of each month, December through March. 

It is truly amazing what can be done for those less fortunate when we work together as a group.

If you want to volunteer, please contact me so I can schedule you in.  

John Gottesman


Join our Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee was formed to create projects that benefit the general community and to participate in ongoing social action projects led by other local groups. Along with active project participation we plan to add an educational component to inform the congregation about the teachings of Judaism as they relate to social justice and action. For more information, please send an email to John Gottesman.

Interested in Community Service? Here's another opportunity...

I am Sandy G., a member of the JCO Social Action Committee I'm also a volunteer at CAP (Community Assistance Program), part of Help of Ojai. The CAP office is located at 108 Fox Street. CAP has volunteer opportunities in two areas:

1. Front Desk Receptionist. Answer the phones, getting food boxes for walk-in clients from our food pantry, explaining our other services to walk-ins, etc. There are two shifts:

Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3 ½ hour shift) and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (3 hour shift). CAP would be grateful if anyone would just take one shift of 3 hours once a week.

 2. Farmer’s Market volunteers. Some of the farmers donate their leftover produce to CAP. There is a BIG need for volunteers to pick up the food from the Market on Sundays and drop off to the CAP office on Fox Street. This would be a commitment of two hours, from noon until 2 p.m. every other Sunday.  

 This is a wonderful opportunity to do Tikun Olam service for our community, to help those less fortunate than ourselves. I know that I feel so fulfilled, like I really made a difference, at the end of my volunteer work day. Won’t you please consider lending a helping hand. Please feel free to call me at 805-836-5013 if you would like more information about volunteer opportunities or where to sign up. Thank you, Sandy G
This time of year we do our part to help those less fortunate than us by feeding the Homeless through the Ojai Valley Winter Shelter 

This year we were reminded that on our first serving last year the Thomas Fire had broken out and it was also Blue Full Moon. As we were leaving that night we saw flames but just thought it was a house fire.  

It gives pause and reminds us to count our blessings. 

This year we not only welcomed our regular volunteers (Michael Shapiro, Patty Gritlefeld, Evy Rosen, my wife Suria and myself, but along for the ride were new Temple Members Mandy Cisler & Lawrence Joselowsky. 

Michael brought his usual vegetable and fruit plates, Patty, her salad and rolls. Suria, the main dish, Evy , delicious cobbler, and Mandy and Lawrence surprised us with Ice cream cakes and cookies! 

We fed about 25 guests and Rick Raines, the head coordinator, thanked us for our long standing service. 

Thank you for your continued support of our program.