This page is meant to recognize the efforts of Temple and community members. We want to thank and inform others about what these people have done to help and support the Temple.
But nothing will appear here unless you send it to us.
Just e-mail us a note with their names and a brief description of what they've done that goes beyond the call of duty. We will post it here without identifying you. Your thank you note will remain on this page for about a month.
Many thanks to Ted Malos for agreeing to be in charge of the maintenance of our building, including the Sanctuary, Social Hall, 3 furnaces/air conditioners, etc. This responsibility is quite broad and involves overseeing our cleaning person, putting out and returning the 3 trash bins every Monday, checking the heat/A.C. units for proper operation, changing the filters periodically, etc., and generally keeping a watchful eye on the entire place. An example: recently ants were discovered in the Social Hall, and need to be baited for eradication. Mission accomplished!
Although Ted is also responsible for everything that takes place outside, Alan has agreed to oversee the gardening and general outdoor cleaning and maintenance. By Ted volunteering, it saved the JCO quite a bit of money as we were going to have to hire an outside person to do this job. Also, we are sure that no one from outside would approach this job with the care and concern that a member would.
Thanks again Ted!
June 26, 2018
A great deal of gratitude should go to the new Board of Directors. They have all fully assumed their responsibilities and are working diligently for the benefit of our Jewish Community of Ojai.
One telling example is that, when in the meeting it was agreed to form a "last-minute" phone committee with the purpose of reaching out to all members by phone to remind them of a significant upcoming event, all 11 of the members of the Board of Directors volunteered to be on this committee. This phone activity will only be implemented when it appears that attendance at an impending event is going to fall short. Members will not be "bothered" or asked to return a phone call. If the member does not answer, a message containing the pertinent information will be left as a reminder. If you see a Board member in the Temple or outside, please mention to them that you appreciate the work they are doing for the JCO.
In addition, several of our Board members have volunteered to be the Chair of a committee. Being the chair means assuming additional responsibility and dedication.
July 12, 2018
A great deal of thanks has to go to the Rabbi selection committee. They have met regularly every week for the past 5 weeks. This is a large group consisting of 8 or 9 members. They have reached out to many different places to locate a rabbi who will be interested in replacing Rabbi Mike and who will bring a sense of enthusiasm and joyfulness with him/her.
So far, they have interviewed 4 potential candidates. The committee has devised a program that they follow in order to evaluate each candidate in a fair and unbiased manner. Shortly they will invite some of them to individually conduct a Friday night service. The committee members have dedicate a great deal of time to this process already with much more time in the offing before a final selection is made. We are grateful to them for the effort that they have put forward.
August 3, 2018
Although she goes about her business in a very quiet and unassuming way, I have noticed how much Sharon West does for our JCO. First of all, she is our new Board Secretary and is also the Chair of the Publicity committee. She has contributed greatly to the continuity and success of our weekly Oneg Shabbat. And recently she was seen literally on her hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor adjacent to the Social Hall.