jewish synagogue
Your Temple in the Ojai Valley
A contemporary congregation serving the entire Ojai Valley.  Offering a wide array of services to Jews of all denominations.

Interested in membership?...application available here

Sunday, September 14
Hard Hats and Soft Serve, 2-4pm

Wednesday, September 17
Seminar with Rabbi Mike, 7pm

Thursday, September 18
Walk with Sheila, 8am

Friday, September 19
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 Judaism...
click here

Interested in the dates of the Jewish Holidays? Click here
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.... 
Wanna go for a Walk with Sheila?

Start a beautiful Ojai morning with an invigorating group walk!  Our group starts and finishes with light stretching and walking time is 45 minutes.  We meet every Thursday rain or shine at 8:00AM inside the Ojai Museum Courtyard. For more info, send an e-mail to Sheila.

Board Members:

Bob Birk, Vice President
David Cohn
Naida Cohn
Alan Greenberg, Treasurer
Valerie Greenberg
Susan Mirbach, Co-Secretary
Phil Moncharsh
Jackie Sherman, Co-Secretary
Jeff Weinstein, President

This page was last updated: September 13, 2014
Location and Phone
530 West El Roblar
Meiners Oaks, California
P.O. Box 172
Ojai, California 93024
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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...
Rabbi Mike has this to say about the High Holy Days. Click here...
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Inscribe your loved ones in our Book of Remembrance
which will be distributed at Yom Kippur services. At the same time, send greetings to your Temple family and friends in our Celebration section.  Click here to add the names of your loved ones...  Please submit your information not later than September 26.
You do not want to miss this
once-in-a lifetime event

Hard Hats & Soft Serve

Featuring the Bliss Frozen Yogurt Mobile Truck

Sunday, September 14th
 2:00-4:00 PM

You will want to see the recently expanded Social Hall, to review the plans that have been developed, and to have the opportunity to give your opinions.

Serious reconstruction work will start soon, and we eagerly await the total renovation of the Social Hall and some much needed upgrading of the Sanctuary.

Bring the whole family!

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High Holiday Info

Sept. 17-Seminar with Rabbi, 7pm

Sept. 24-Rosh Hashanah Eve 7PM

Sept. 25-Rosh Hashanah Day 10AM followed by a picnic and Tashlich at Lake Casitas

Oct. 1-Seminar with Rabbi, 7pm

Oct.3-Yom Kippur Eve-Kol Nidre 7PM

Oct 4-Yom Kippur Day 10AM to sundown

Everyone is invited to all seminars and services. There are no admission fees but donations are gratefully accepted.

Memorialize the names of your loved ones in our Book of Remembrance here...

Mitzvah Project...Help restock foodstuffs for the hungry.  Click here...
The High Holy Days are among the most important days of the Jewish Calendar and days in when many Jews find themselves in a synagogue.

If you'd like to get more out of your High Holy Days experience, join Rabbi Mike and your friends for two sessions on Wednesday September 17th and October 1st from 7-8:30 pm at the Temple.

We will discuss the liturgy, history, songs and customs of the Days of Awe with a focus on some of the deeper spiritual insights of these days.

Free to all but donations always welcome.
Our Temple president, Jeff Weinstein, has some thoughts about our "ticketless" High Holy Days.  Read them here...

The Temple Board of Directors met on September 8.  You can read the minutes here...
We'd love to have you participate in our High Holy Day services and also help us by providing some of the food that is part of the holidays.  Click here to see how you can help.
Contemporary Narratives of Israel and the Palestinians. 
Lecture and Discussion.  Presented by Nomi Morris.
Three sessions.  First is on Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm.

We will read books in advance and Ms. Morris will lecture and lead a discussion on each.   We invite you and your friends to read, learn and share insights from both a literary and political perspective. Click here for more info and registration...
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is honored to welcome Rabbi Michael Lotker as a guest speaker the evening of Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Rabbi Lotker will discuss Jewish sacred literature beyond the Hebrew Bible.  Click here for more info...