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, October 18
Jewish Literacy Class, 7pm
Thursday, October 19
Walk with Sheila, 8am
Friday, October 20
Shabbat with Rabbi Mike, 6pm
Saturday, October 21
Movie at JCO, 7pm
Sunday, October 22
Simcha Raphael on Jewish Beliefs of
Death and Dying, 2pm
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.
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.
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....
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.
The Ventura County Interfaith Community and Campus Interfaith for CSUCI proudly invite you to join us in our annual Feast of Faiths. It is on Sunday, November 5 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Please click here for more info and registration...
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: email@example.com
A very special High Holiday thank you to...
Rabbi Michael Lotker
Cantor Casey Solow
Christine Snipes Mazor
Debby Finley Delamore
And to all the members of the JCO Board, our volunteer congregation "readers", and everyone who attended and helped make our High Holiday Services so successful.
We will be showing the film Orchestra of Exiles. This film documents how a Polish violinist saved over 1,000 Jewish musicians and family members from Nazi Germany by founding the Palestine Philharmonic, now known as the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Please click here for more info...