This page was last updated: September 25, 2018
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A contemporary congregation serving the entire Ojai Valley. Offering a wide array of services to Jews of all denominations.
Week at a glance


Thursday, September 27
Walk with Sheila, Ojai Museum, 8am

Friday, September 28
Shabbat with Rabbi Mike, 6pm
followed by potluck

Sunday, September 30
Picnic at Soule Park, 3:30pm

Wednesday, October 3
Dream roundtable, 7pm​
























Your Temple in the Ojai Valley
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
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...
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.
Become a Member

Please read a message from the Chairman of our Membership Committee that explains how you can greatly benefit from becoming a member of our Jewish Community of Ojai. Access our message by clicking here.... 

Ready to become a member?...application available by clicking here.... 

Join our mailing list to receive periodic e-mails
about Temple activities and events...
Board Members:

Sheila Cohn​
Deborah Finley Delamore
John Gottesman
Alan Greenberg, President
Tony Hirsch, MD, Vice President
John Owens
Miriam Rosen
Jackie Sherman
Andrew Snett, Tresurer
Larry Steingold
Sharon West, MD, Secretary

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.

The Bylaws Committee has developed changes to our existing Bylaws and the JCO Board will consider them at its October 8 meeting. Click here for more info and to see the revisions...
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.

One of the most important issue we have taken up is having a full set of committees, as they are the underpinnings of our organization. JCO members approved the concept that every member should serve the JCO a minimum of 2 hours per year.

Serving on a committee will certainly satisfy this obligation. Please join a committee. Your JCO needs your talents, your assistance, and your participation. You can decide just how much energy you want to put forth to benefit the committee you choose and the JCO.

Please click here for information about our committees..
JCO President, Alan Greenberg, has a message. Please click here to read it.

You can also read the Board meeting minutes by clicking here...
Meet Israel’s Foremost Research Scientist In
Medical Marijuana
Dr. Nirit Bernstein
at Temple Beth Torah
Tues...October 9...7:00 PM
$18 per person
Students Free
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation
Click here for more info...
The Social Committee is pleased to announce that they have organized a BBQ picnic at Soule Park on Sunday, September 30th from 3:30 to 6:30.

This event is FREE for all JCO members. It is also free for any guests that you bring with you who are potential members of our Temple. Please let us know if you are coming so that we have enough food. Please click here for more info and to let us know if you will be joining us...
Interested in dreams?

At 7 pm on Wednesday, October 3, our Program committee, will hold its first event of the new fiscal year: a roundtable discussion on engaging our dreams.

Please click here for more info...
The Social Action Committee was formed to create projects that benefit the general community and to participate in ongoing social action projects led by other local groups.

One of our current goals is to provide assistance to Help of Ojai's Community Action Program. Please click here to read about it and our Feeding the Homeless program...
JCO is initiating a new service for our members. This new service will alert you whenever a departed loved one's Yahrzeit date is approaching. 

In addition, the name of your relative or friend will be spoken by the religious leader on the Friday Shabbat service that is closest to the Yahrzeit date.

This is a FREE service that depends on you to complete the information about your departed loved ones.

Click here for more info and a link to submitting your information...


We will be having a big celebration this Friday night, Sept. 28 at 6pm.

Join our community to welcome Shabbat and to observe Sukkot. 

This is also the last service that Rabbi Mike will be conducting (he will be back to teach some classes).

Come and say Shalom to him (It means hello, goodbye and peace).

The service will be followed by a pot luck dinner. Please bring a main dish and something to drink (wine, juice etc). No meat or shellfish please. Dessert will be provided.

​Feast of Faiths

Ventura County Interfaith Community
and Campus Interfaith for CSUCI
invite you to a...

BUILDING BRIDGES of
Understanding, Support & Gratitude

November 11, at 4:00 PM
Center for Spiritual Living

Click here for more info and reservations...