This page was last updated: August 18, 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

Monday, August 14
JCO Board meeting, 7pm

Thursday, August 17
Walk with Sheila at the Ojai Museum, 8am

Friday, August 18
Shabbat Under the Stars with Rabbi Mike at the Weinstein home, 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
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.

Click here to read four new posts, including one from President Lynne and one from Rabbi Mike!
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. 
Your annual Member Dues are payable on June 1
If you wish to pay by credit card, please click here.
Thanks very much
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.

JCO President Lynne Goldfarb
 has some thoughts about
 the July 31 Board meeting.
Read them here...
Our JCO Security Procedures can be found by clicking here...
Shabbat Under the Stars

Please join us Friday, August 18th at 6:00 p.m. for Shabbat Under the Stars, hosted by Wendy Wilson and Jeffrey Weinstein at 353 Montana Road, Ojai (off of Cuyama).

A potluck dinner will begin after the service. Please bring a cushion or chair to sit on and a dish to share. Suggested food ideas: chicken drummettes or kabobs, beef kabobs, tuna salad, tabbouleh or couscous, fruit salad, green salad, egg salad, eggplant caponata, cole slaw, grilled veggies, lox platter with tomatoes & capers, dolmas, wine, juice, sparkling water. We’ll provide challah and dessert.

Contact Wendy at (310) 741-7319 or and advise what you’ll be bringing. Shalom!

You can read the JCO Board meeting minutes of July 31 by clicking here...
Join us at the Jewish Federation on October 13 at 5:30pm for a celebration of Simchat Torah. Dinner and service where we will be using a 300 year old Yemeni torah as the centerpiece for our celebration. RSVP is a must. More info by clicking here...