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We are the Jewish Community of the Ojai Valley, preserving tradition while encouraging innovation in Judaism. We welcome you, whatever your Jewish background.

 

Meet Our Rabbi

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Rabbi Lisa

We are delighted that Rabbi Lisa Bock is our rabbi here in beautiful Ojai. Rabbi Lisa is our spiritual leader, leading our Shabbat services twice each month and all High Holidays. She is a Mussar leader and facilitator with the Mussar Institute, leads life cycle ceremonies, provides spiritual care to patients in hospice and their families, teaches in various settings, and joined the team of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Instructors in 2014.

But, most importantly, she is a warm, embracing presence with an open ear for all of our spiritual needs.

Meet Our Cantor

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Cantor Mitzi

The Jewish Community of Ojai (JCO) welcomes Mitzi Schwarz as its Cantorial Soloist and Certified Chaplain to its clergy staff. She has been leading services as a Cantorial Soloist and Service Leader since 2001.

Her passion has always encompassed music, healing, teaching, and spirituality. She began this role to JCO in December, 2022 although she had already been on the pulpit during the previous two cycles of High Holy Day services.

Our people

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Young, old, from all walks of life, our community is inspired by our members.

  • Ojai Valley Mishpacha  - Yom Ha'atzmaut
    Ojai Valley Mishpacha  - Yom Ha'atzmaut
    May 24, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Ojai, 530 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
    Family Shabbat and community dinner
  • Speaker series: Dispatches from Israel at war
    Speaker series: Dispatches from Israel at war
    May 26, 2024, 10:15 AM
    Ojai, 530 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
    Bradley Burston, author of "The End of Israel" comes to us via zoom to speak about what is like in Israel at the moment.
  • It's Bunco Night!
    It's Bunco Night!
    Multiple Dates
    Jun 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Ojai, 530 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
    Spend a fun time playing this easy game!
  • The Men's Club
    The Men's Club
    Multiple Dates
    Jun 20, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Ojai, 530 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
    The JCO men's club invites you to enjoy companionship, insightful conversation and activities.
  • The Red Tent June - Out of Fire comes Beauty
    The Red Tent June - Out of Fire comes Beauty
    Jun 23, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Ojai, 1804 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
    At this month's Red Tent Robin of Firestick Pottery will teach you to throw pottery
  • JCO Book Club
    JCO Book Club
    Multiple Dates
    Jun 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Ojai, 530 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
    The JCO Book Club for book lovers.
  • Speaker Series: Sarah Newmark’s Grand Tour of 1887:  A Jewish Californian Recalls her Encounter with a Russian Shtetl
    Speaker Series: Sarah Newmark’s Grand Tour of 1887:  A Jewish Californian Recalls her Encounter with a Russian Shtetl
    Multiple Dates
    Jul 10, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Ojai, 530 W El Roblar Dr, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

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We would love to get to know you !

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