This page was last updated: March 17, 2018
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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

Thursday, March 15
Walk with Sheila, Ojai Museum 8am

Friday, March 16
Community Shabbat, 6pm

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...
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

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 has firmed up the details of  a trip to Israel from October 18 to October 27 plus an optional side trip to Rome. Please click here for details including site visits, costs, travel arrangements and two meetings to address your questions.  He invites you to accompany him on this extraordinary trip.
Community Passover Seder
Saturday, March 31, 6pm
Soule Park Banquet Room

You may make your reservations on line by clicking here.

Space is limited and all reservations must be made not later than March 20.

Remember and celebrate with us.
Passover cooking together…charoset, horseradish, cookies.

Wednesday, March 28
7:00 PM
Jewish Community of Ojai, Social Hall

As our community Seder approaches it is time to make charoset and horseradish together….with special cookie recipe !!!

While we plan to make a traditional Ashkenazi / Osher family apple, walnut charoset ….would love to explore other options… will supply apples walnuts, cinnamon, honey, wine, horseradish….bring other ingredients if you want to make other variety. How bout a good old charoset tasting??

Bring knife and food processor If you have one.

Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm. The Music of Terezín

Robert Elias, Director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School, will present the 1993 film, The Music of Terezín. This award-winning documentary is the definitive film on Terezín and its music.

The film presents interviews and performances by composers who were in the concentration camp of Terezín, including Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas, Hans Krasa and Viktor Ullmann. They all perished and represent a lost generation in Czech music.

The Music of Terezín features musical performances shot on location in the attics and cellars of the ghetto, and moving personal testimonies.
Rabbi Lotker Returning for
 One More Year Before Retirement
He Will Reduce Commitment to
 One Friday Night Service per Month
Plus High Holiday Services
Rabbi Search Process to Begin Soon
Click here for more info
Board Election
At the Annual Meeting -- which will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 PM – an “advisory” election will be conducted to select up to nine (9) new board directors, who will serve two-year terms.
Please click here for more info about the election and what to do if you want to run for a seat on the Board.
Movie at JCO
7 PM, March the 24th,
“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer”.
This is a 2016 American- Israeli political drama starring Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi.