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Code of Ethics




In keeping with Jewish tradition, the Jewish Community of Ojai is a place where people of all faiths can come together to learn, grow, and connect with each other. We believe in the power of love, compassion, community and creativity to create a better world. 


Our code of ethics is based on these principles.

Our Values:

Equality and Justice 

We believe that everyone is created equal and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factor. 

By this, We can offer scholarships to people of all backgrounds who want to attend our temple's programs. We also have a policy of non-discrimination in all aspects of our temple's operations.


Love and Compassion 

We believe that love and compassion are the most powerful forces in the universe and that they can transform the world. We strive to live our lives with love and compassion for ourselves, for others, and for all of creation. 


JCO offers a variety of programs and services that are designed to promote equality, love and compassion, such as our Men's and Women's group, our Torah Study program, our annual warm coats drive and our annual food drive. 


Environmental Sustainability 

We believe that we have a responsibility to care for the Earth and all of its creatures. We commit to living in a way that is sustainable and that does not harm the environment. 

Example: We have a certified building, which means that it is designed to be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. We also have a recycling program and programmable utility conservation program.


Education and Lifelong Learning 

We believe that education is the key to a better future. We commit to lifelong learning and to helping others to learn. We partner with a variety of local temples and work alongside the federation. We also offer volunteer opportunities for our members and various classes and workshops on  topics, including torah study. meditation, yoga, and spirituality. 


Community Service 

We believe that we are all connected and that we have a responsibility to help others. We commit to serving our community and to making the world a better place. 


We believe that by living by these values and commitments, we can create a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world. We invite you to join us on this journey.


In accordance with our values, we commit to the following:


Our Commitments:


Treating everyone with dignity and respect

We will treat everyone who comes into our temple with dignity and respect, regardless of their background or beliefs.


Promoting love and compassion 

We will promote love and compassion in our temple and in our community


Living sustainably 

We will live in a way that is sustainable and that does not harm the environment


Supporting education 

We will support education and lifelong learning for all


Serving our community 

We will serve our community and make the world a better place



This document includes a compilation of internet available information on Code of Ethics from various synagogues. 

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