This page was last updated: December 13, 2017
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A contemporary congregation serving the entire Ojai Valley. Offering a wide array of services to Jews of all denominations.
Your Temple in the Ojai Valley
Week at a glance

Wednesday, December 13
No Jewish Literacy class due to fires

Thursday, December 14
Walk with Sheila, Ojai Museum 8am

Friday, December 15
Shabbat with Rabbi Mike, 6pm
Followed by potluck dinner

Tuesday, December 19
JCO Board Meeting, 7pm












The weekly Torah portion can be found at the Union for Reform Judaism website.....click here

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

Interested in the dates of the Jewish Holidays? Click here
Over the course of the next year, we will have a wonderful opportunity to study with Rabbi Mike Lotker.

In September, a two-part adult education program beginning with “A Taste of Judaism” will be hosted by JCO in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Ventura County.

This “taste” or introduction will be followed by an in-depth study, “Jewish Literacy,” covering Jewish holidays, life cycle events, mysticism, sacred literature, history, spirituality and living a full Jewish life in 15 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, running from October 4 – January 24, 2018.

Click here for more info and registration...
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...
Interested in learning more about the various committees that keep the Temple humming? We strongly encourage you to read about them and, if intrigued, contact the chair of your choice to discuss your participation in what interests you. Click here...
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.
A message from our Membership Committee tells you how you can help expand our Jewish presence in the greater Ojai Community. Your invitation can be found by clicking here.... 

Interested in membership?...application available here
Join our mailing list to receive periodic e-mails
about Temple activities and events...
Board Members:

John Allen, Treasurer
Mario Cepeda, Vice President
Deborah Finley Delamore
Lynne Goldfarb, President
Alan Greenberg
Jerry Hittleman, Secretary
Natalie Jones
Stacey Jones
James Osher
Sylvia Raz
Miriam Rosen

Location and Phone

530 W. El Roblar
Meiners Oaks, CA 93023
805-646-4464

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 contact John Allen at 708-567-6650. 
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.

Our JCO Security Procedures can be found by clicking here...
Interested in the workings of the By-Laws Committee?  Click here to see what's happening...
Rabbi Lotker is planning a trip to Israel this fall and invites you to accompany him. Please click here for more details. He would also like to know if you are interested in joining him...
Our 2017-18 participation in feeding the hungry began on December 4. Click here to read about it.
Please join Rabbi Lotker and us on Friday, December 15 for an abbreviated Hanukkah Shabbat Service and a Menorah Lighting Pot Luck following. We welcome main dishes, homemade latkes, drinks, and desserts. Looking forward to joining in community after these challenging weeks. Happy Hanukkah.
 To miracles....