Happy September!


As we enter into the Fall month of September, I’m certain you, like your JCO Board of Directors, are getting ready to welcome our High Holy Days (or as I like to call them, our HiHos).  This year we once again will be led in prayer by our Rabbi Lisa.  And also this year, Cantor Mitzi will be joining Rabbi Lisa on the bimah.  Between the two, our sanctuary will be filled with soul-lifting thoughts and music that I promise will bring you to heights like nowhere else.  Our HiHos do not require tickets or special arrangements; we open our doors to anyone who would like to attend.  (We will, however, appreciate your donations.)  So, if you know of any Jewish families in the Ojai Valley (or anywhere else) that would like to join us, please invite them and bring them with you!  The schedule of services is located on our website. ( OjaiTemple.org ) 

Our Family Services are getting a new structure!!  To keep our Shabbats consistent, starting in September, our 4th Friday service for will be for Families and all.  We will start at 6pm followed by a potluck.  We love having our sanctuary filled with children, parents, grandparents and our entire community.  Please join us on September 23rd as we are lead in prayer, learning and appreciation of Shabbat.

For years, JCO has been reaching out to Help of Ojai offering assistance with their Food Pantry.  Help of Ojai is a vital resource for residents of the Ojai Valley.  They are the only full time, basic needs provider in the area.  They assist their clients when they are at their most vulnerable and unable to travel elsewhere for help. So, alongside our High Holydays, we are going to be collecting non-perishable food items for Help of Ojai.  Help of Ojai’s shelves are reportedly very low; anything you can contribute to help fill them will be greatly appreciated.  We will have bags for you to pick up on Erev Rosh Hashana to fill and return to JCO the following day, and again during the Yom Kippur services.  A list will be attached to the bags of what would be especially appreciated.

Please join us as we say a hearty Mazel Tov to Huxley Tarmey as he becomes Bar Mitzvah’d on Saturday, September 10.  Services begin at 10AM in our sanctuary.  

Here's some exciting news for parents and kids alike:  We are forming a relationship with the PJ Library!!  PJ Library is a free program that sends high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish books and music to families each month—with no strings attached!  PJ Library is available to families with children ages 0 months to 12 years through the generosity of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Joel Aaronson and the Jewish Federation of Ventura County.  We are very excited to be able to share this association with our young families.  And, JCO will be present at the Ojai Days event on October 15th.  Come by and say hi!!!

One last thing….when you hear the call for financial support for your Jewish Community of Ojai temple, please respond with an open heart.  Our congregation is in need of your donation in order to have programming & our clergy and maintain our wonderful shul.  Your Board of Directors are each making a donation: we hope you will join us in our efforts to sustain our JCO.

Wishing you a warm and reflective September…



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