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    Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)


Click Here For Membership Registration

*High Holiday tickets included in your membership*

Hours :Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-12

To Arrange an appointment please email: 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.      



UPCOMING SERVICES: April 17-19 (Cantor Russell Jayne)

Friday April 17th

Community Shabbat Dairy Potluck Dinner @ 5:30pm

Services to follow starting at approx 7:00pm

Saturday April 18th

Morning Services


Dairy Potluck lunch to follow

May: TBA (Evan Orloff)

June: 5-6 (Cantor Russell Jayne)

Community BBQ

When: Sunday June 28th

Time: 12:00

Where: Sarsons Beach House (Beside Sarsons Beach in the Lower Mission)

OJC will supply the hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring an item for the Potluck.

Philosopher's Cafe: TBA

Chevra Kadisha Changes and Request:


As committee chair for the Chevra Kadisha Committee of the Okanagan Jewish Community, I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the community of our functions and to re-group our committee's volunteers.

The Chevra Kadisha Committee was set up years ago in the Okanagan Valley in order to assist in the preparation of a Jewish deceased as per traditional customs.  It is considered an important mitzvah in Jewish life to serve as a member of this committee. There are clearly no material gains from serving
on this committee and no repayment for services rendered are possible by the deceased. Indeed participation on the committee is considered almost semi-confidential. Your reward is simply knowing that you have participated in this mitzvah and have assisted in keeping one of the traditions of Judaism in this community.

Please note for all persons of the community, that the LOCATION OF THE PREPARATIONS HAVE CHANGED.   Previously, we had performed the mitzvah at the First Memorial Funeral home on Sutherland. This location has NOW CHANGED. Our functions will take place at the Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road, Kelowna V1X3M5.   The telephone number of the funeral home is 
250-7653147.  Please be careful to note this change.

Participation in the committee  is open to any Jewish person.   One need not be a member of the OJC per se to function on the committee. Note, as always, men attend a male deceased, and females attend a female deceased.

Over the years, we have had approximately one dozen men and one dozen women on our list for call up. Not all are available at any given time.  We probably need 4 to 6 in attendance for an event.   Indeed many of these members are now elderly and can no longer participate physically with such services. We are always looking for new, younger persons in the community
who can take over their role.   One might particularly like to welcome those persons with health care backgrounds, who might be more comfortable with providing service. Please note that any new participants on the committee, will be gradually introduced to their role and mentored by more experienced
persons.  Lack of experience ought not to exclude one from participating.   

I would ask that those able to continue on the committee AND those new persons wishing to volunteer their services, please contact me by email at   In a few weeks time, I may then email contact previous members, if  I have not yet heard from them, to confirm their willingness to continue to participate.

I would plan a review session of our protocols sometime in the spring 2015, so one can re familiarize oneself with our protocols.

Thanking you for giving your attention to this important matter,
Yours truly,
Steven Finkleman




"A Childhood on the Move" by Rene Goldman
Now available at the OJC Gift Shop.
Rene is a long time member and friend of the OJC and we are thrilled to share his early-life journey with the community. Rene was a professor of Chinese history at the University of British Columbia. Now retired, he lives in Summerland BC with his wife Terry Dekur.
"Thus holding me kicking and screaming, that brute ran inside the station and towards the waiting train on the first platform, past Mama whom I saw being dragged over the station floor struggling and crying. The entire station was a scene of bedlam, with men, women, and children being pulled, shoved, and hurled into the train..."
Rene Goldman never saw his mother again. A Childhood on the Move is the heart-rending and exquisitely remembered story of the first 20 years of his life. As a child-survivor of the Holocaust, he was well cared for and carefully educated in France, but nothing could fill the hole in his heart left by the absence of his beloved mother and father.
Rene's book is $25 and available at the OJC gift shop.

Ask the Rabbi: Rabbi Shaul Osadchey

As part of the Bridging Mountains Project, Rabbi Shaul Osadchey has offered to reach out to our community for any questions we may have about Judiasim, The Torah, Israel or General Jewish Life. Please click here to contact Rabbi and don't be shy.






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: April 17-19 (Cantor Russ)


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