Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)
Office Hours : Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-12
To Arrange an appointment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-862-2305
If you require immediate attention then call: David Spevakow 250-317-5283
The OJCA is a Synagogue (Beth Shalom Synagogue) and Community Centre (OJCC) located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in kelowna, British Columbia. With a diverse membership consisting of Jews with Orthodox, Conservative and Reform backgrounds, the Okanagan Jewish community has
styled itself to conduct its services and celebrate holidays in an all inclusive fashion. As a result of the strength which this diversity brings, the OJCA has evolved to be a progressive Jewish community with a growing and enthusiastic membership. As well, the OJCA has historically maintained an active involvement and a strong presence in the mainstream of the culturally diverse Okanagan community at large.
Special Membership Meeting - OJCA Full Time Rabbi 2 Year Trial Proposal
Wednesday May 31, 2017 at the OJC.
Registration at 6:30 PM, Meeting starts at 7:00 PM
Dear Jewish community members,
Kelowna is growing, and so is our community! This is an exciting time for Jews in the Okanagan valley.
At our most recent OJCA Annual General Meeting, an impassioned idea was raised to the Board: we wonder, with all of this growth, if it is time to consider hiring a full time rabbi, who would live in the community, to help lead our congregation.
A committee was formed to research this further, and that team has been working diligently to determine if this would be a feasible plan.
The committee will be presenting a thorough proposal to OJCA members at a Special General Meeting at the OJC on Wednesday, May 31st. Registration opens at 6:30 PM, and the meeting starts at 7:00 PM. This meeting will also include a motion and a vote whether to move forward with this plan.
Members in good standing for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, as well as new paid members, are encouraged to attend this important meeting and cast their votes. If you are unable to attend, please contact the office to learn how to vote by proxy. Your vote is important!
This could be a pivotal moment in the history of the OJCA. It's important that all members’ voices are heard.
If you’re not yet a member, but are inspired to join due to this potential development, please do not hesitate to contact the OJCA office at your earliest convenience.
We look forward to seeing you on May 31st,
OJCA Board of Directors
Upcoming Services to be updated shortly.
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE OUR 20th YEAR OF THE OJC "GOLF CLASSIC" Sunday July 23, 2017 at the Harvest Golf Club
*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP PREPARE AND FOR THE DAY'S EVENT*
I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer and are beginning to gear up for the fall!
Hebrew classes will be as follows:
3:45 - 5:00
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me,
Natalie Spevakow (Hebrew School Coordinator)
Rabbi Shaul Osadchey
Gesher HaHar: Bridging the Mountains
A Pilot Project of Collaboration
Beth Tzedec Congregation & OJCA
Every Jewish community regardless of size or locale serves as an important thread woven into the tapestry of the Jewish People. The diversity of the Jewish experience enriches Jewish religious and cultural practices as it expands the Jewish capacity to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Beth Tzedec (Calgary) on the east side of the Canadian Rockies and the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA) on the western side share a common Jewish milieu in the setting of the independent and individualist spirit of Western Canada.
NEXT BETH TZEDEC VISITOR: Cantor Russ - January 20 and 21
The Benefits of Gesher HaHar: Pilot Project of Collaboration is that it enhances the resources of our smaller community so that it can be a viable setting for the celebration of Jewish life while it challenges the established to act on the important mitzvah of sustaining Klah Yisrael- Jewish Peoplehood.
Please click here for further details about our project or call David Spevakow: 250-317-5283