The Okanagan Jewish Community Association is located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia.
The OJCA is comprised of the unaffiliated Beth Shalom Synagogue and the Okanagan Jewish Community Centre.
OJCA members from diverse Jewish backgrounds come together to create a welcoming, pluralistic congregation that conducts services and celebrates holidays in an all-inclusive manner.
We have historically maintained an active involvement and a strong presence in the culturally diverse Okanagan community-at-large. As a result, we have evolved to be a progressive community with a growing and enthusiastic membership.
Kelowna, the 3rd largest metropolitan area in British Columbia, is located 4 hours east of Vancouver in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. The region is defined by its natural features: the surrounding rugged mountains and the majestic 135 km long Lake Okanagan, making it popular with outdoor enthusiasts. A burgeoning tech sector is diversifying the local economy, attracting cutting edge companies to this beautiful corner of the world. Striking a balance between a vibrant urban environment and a rich agricultural history, the Okanagan offers a unique and appealing culture. The climate is one of Canada’s best, boasting hot, dry summers and mild winters. There are countless opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, and winery-hopping in summer, and skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in winter. It’s easy to see why this community is one of the fastest-growing in Canada.
As the Okanagan blossoms, its Jewish population grows along with it. The OJCA provides a place where the region’s Jewish community can find commonality and a sense of belonging. We are proud to support the timeless traditions of Judaism from across the diaspora and throughout history.
To learn more about Kelowna and the Okanagan, please visit the following tourism, municipal and media websites: