This page was last updated: February 17, 2019
* indicates required
A contemporary congregation serving the entire Ojai Valley. Offering a wide array of services to Jews of all denominations.
Week at a glance

Monday, February 18
JCO board meeting, 6:30pm

Thursday, February 21
Walk with Sheila at 8am

Friday, February 22
Torah study with Rabbi Lisa, 4:15pm
Shabbat with Rabbi Lisa, 6pm

Saturday, February 23
Movie at JCO, 7pm

Sunday, February 24
Oscar Party at JCO, 4:30pm

Your Temple in the Ojai Valley
The weekly Torah portion can be found at the Union for Reform Judaism here

or, get another point of view at the United Synagogue for Conservative here

Interested in the dates of the Jewish Holidays? Click here
Todah Rabah!

Want to thank someone who has done something special for the Temple and our members? You can do it by simply sending us a note.  Click here to see how it works...
Your donations are always appreciated. If you wish, you can use your credit card to pay your membership dues, purchase commemorative plaques, enroll in our special classes, or just make a contribution to our general fund.  Click here for more information...
You've asked us to provide a means for telling other congregants about things of personal interest to you. You can post items of interest to you, and others may add comments to your postings. 

Visit the Bulletin Board by clicking here or on the menu button on the left side of the screen.
Wanna go for a Walk with Sheila?

It's never too late to start exercising and what better way than with a group friends. You can catch up on their lives, gossip a little and enjoy the fresh Ojai morning air. We do a different walk every week...usually about 3 miles or 7-8,000 steps, almost a whole day's quota. Hope to see you at 8am on the west side of the Ojai Valley Museum courtyard on Thursday mornings, rain or shine.
Become a Member

Please read a message from the Chairman of our Membership Committee that explains how you can greatly benefit from becoming a member of our Jewish Community of Ojai. Access our message by clicking here.... 

Ready to become a member?...application available by clicking here.... 

Join our mailing list to receive periodic e-mails
about Temple activities and events...
Board Members:

Sheila Cohn​
Deborah Finley Delamore
John Gottesman
Alan Greenberg, President
Tony Hirsch, MD, Vice President
John Owens
Miriam Rosen
Jackie Sherman
Andrew Snett, Tresurer
Larry Steingold
Sharon West, MD, Secretary

Location and Phone

530 W. El Roblar
Meiners Oaks, CA 93023

Mail...P.O. Box 172
Ojai, CA 93024
Please consider leaving a bequest to Jewish Community of Ojai in your will or estate plan. This is an excellent way to help ensure the long-term economic strength of our congregation. For more information, please email us at 
Monthly Food Collection-HELP of Ojai Food Pantry

Sponsored by the Social Action Committee, JCO will collect non-perishable foods & household supplies for the HELP of Ojai’s Food Pantry -- one of its Community Assistance Programs for low income and homeless residents.

Food collection bags will be distributed at the last Friday Night Service of each month. They should be returned before or at the first Friday Night Service of the next month and will be be stored in the Rabbi’s Study/Library. A continuous supply of bags will be available there. Guidelines for food & supplies purchases are printed on the bags.

We hope that members of the JCO community will combine shopping for this valuable program with their regular shopping trips. Every little bit helps someone in need in the Ojai Valley.

The Bylaws Committee has developed changes to our existing Bylaws and the JCO Board is reviewing them. Click here for more info and to see the revisions...

One of the most important issue we have taken up is having a full set of committees, as they are the underpinnings of our organization. JCO members approved the concept that every member should serve the JCO a minimum of 2 hours per year.

Serving on a committee will certainly satisfy this obligation. Please join a committee. Your JCO needs your talents, your assistance, and your participation. You can decide just how much energy you want to put forth to benefit the committee you choose and the JCO.

Please click here for information about our committees..
JCO President, Alan Greenberg, has a January 21 message that covers a number of important items. Please click here to read it.

You can also read the Board meeting minutes by clicking here...
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.

One of our current goals is to provide assistance to Help of Ojai's Community Action Program. Please click here to read about it and the latest from our Feeding the Homeless program...

JCO has a new service for our members. This new service will alert you whenever a departed loved one's Yahrzeit date is approaching. 

In addition, the name of your relative or friend will be spoken by the religious leader on the Friday Shabbat service that is closest to the Yahrzeit date.

This is a FREE service that depends on you to complete the information about your departed loved ones.

Click here for more info and a link to submitting your information...

Many Jews are surprised to learn that Judaism has always held that there is something beyond the grave – a life in the “world to come.” Beginning November 5 Rabbi Mike Lotker offers a free series of on-line classes dealing with Jewish beliefs about the afterlife. Click here for more info and registration...
Rabbi Lisa has a message and more information about her background.
Read it here...
Announcing the the party of the year!! Be sure to SIGN UP NOW for the 1st Annual Oscar party, which will be held at our Temple during the live Oscars Award TV program. Let us know if you're coming by sending an email to Valerie.

DUE TO SLOW RESPONSE, THE OSCAR PARTY IS NOW OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS. Bring $50 per person cash or check to the party. IT IS STILL FREE FOR MEMBERS. Please Send an email to Valerie if you intend to come to the party. There is a $10 fee if members come to the party without sending in an email.

So, dress up and walk the red carpet; however dressing up is not required. Start time is 4:30 pm on Sunday, February 24th. There will be plenty of food and drink.

Prizes for predicting the Oscar winners and being one of the best dressed. Lots of surprises as well. The Social committee has worked overtime to present a party that you will not want to miss.

This Spring is the 25th Anniversary of our Temple!! Meetings are being scheduled to decide and plan what events will take place to recognize and celebrate this important milestone.

The weekend of March 29-31 was the tentative date for celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our Temple,. However, please now mark your calendars with the definite dates of June 21 and 23, at which time this important milestone will be celebrated.

If interested in participating in the planning of the Anniversary events, please send an email to:
The Program committee is very pleased to announce that on Sunday, March 3rd at 3pm, Michael Lella, the son of the main character in this book will make a very enlightening presentation. The committee recommends that you read this book, which will soon be a major motion picture. Click here for more info...
Movie at JCO
Saturday, February 23 at 7pm
Woman in Gold
Click here for more info...