This page was last updated: September 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

Wednesday, September 20
Rosh Hashonah eve, 7pm

Thursday, September 21
Rosh Hashonah day, 10am

Friday, September 22
Community Shabbat, 6pm










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.

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
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...
You can read the JCO Board meeting minutes of August 14 by clicking here...
Join us at the Jewish Federation on October 13 at 5:30pm for a Community Simchat Torah Celebration. 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...
High Holy Days Information
Schedule of Events

Book of Remembrance
Interested in the workings of the By-Laws Committee?  Click here to see what's happening...
On October 22 at 2pm Simcha Raphael, Phd will be speaking at JCO on "Jewish Beliefs and Traditions on Death, Dying and the Afterlife." Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County. Click here for more info...
Call for Ojai Day Volunteers

Once again, JCO will host an information booth during Ojai Day on Saturday, October 21. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth in Libbey Park on two-hour shifts from 9:00 AM (set-up) to 5:30 PM (shut down). Two persons will be scheduled to staff the booth at all times.
Rabbi Lotker will join us for part of the day. There will also be activities for children and giveaways.

Please contact Howard Hoos, Social Action Chair, for additional information or to sign up by October 10th:  hijhoos3@gmail.com