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 Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)


Click Here For Membership Registration


Office 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.      


You are invited

to the Okanagan's

Jewish Community Passover Seder

When: Friday April 22, 2016
Time: 5:00pm
Place: Summerhill Pyramid Winery: Vineyard Ballroom
Adults $55
Youth (8-12) $25
Child (3-7) $15
Students (with family living outside the valley) FREE
Registering is currently closed. Thank you to everyone who signed up to attend.
Contact the office at 250-862-2305 or email for further info.

The Okanagan Jewish Community would like to invite all full time Jewish students in the Okanagan Valley to join us at Summerhill Pyramid Winery for a community Passover Seder. We are pleased announce that a sponsor in the community would like to cover the costs for full time students in the Okanagan who do not have family in the area. If you would like to join us then please contact:
David Spevakow at or 250-317-5283.
It was a blast having everyone with us last year and we look forward to continuing the tradition.


Exhibit at Penticton Museum:

The Penticton Museum & Archives is pleased to present a new temporary exhibit:


More Than Just Games, Canada & the 1936 Olympics


The 1936 Olympics presented the world with an agonizing choice. For the first time, a prestigious international sporting event was to be held in Nazi Germany, notorious for its brutal persecution of Jews and other minorities. Nations and individual athletes, particularly Jewish athletes, had to make a choice; to participate and validate a repressive government or to boycott and waste years of training and effort? More Than Just Games tells the story of this fascinating episode in the history of sport, with an emphasis on the Canadian experience. Even today, many questions remain about the relationship between sports and politics and the lessons learned from the most controversial Olympics ever held. 


More Than Just Games, Canada & the 1936 Olympics was produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Canadian scholars Richard Menkis and Harold Troper. The exhibit brings together photos, documents, film clips and memoirs to tell the little-known story of the Canadian boycott debate and Canada’s participation in the 1936 Olympic Games.


On display in the R.N. Atkinson Gallery from December 2015 to March 2016 


More Than Just Games  was produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre   


The Penticton Museum & Archives would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Okanagan Jewish Community Centre in hosting this exhibit.     


I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer and are beginning to gear up for the fall! I'm so happy to announce the Okanagan Jewish Community has an official Hebrew school teacher beginning this September, Dr. Nir Light! We are so grateful that he has moved into our community and can bring his expertise of the language and his tutoring background to our children.

Hebrew classes will be as follows:
K-3 from 3:30-4:30

Grades 4-7 from 4:30-5:30

We are looking for a full-time commitment
by families to attend weekly classes. Our first class will be a getting to know you session with Nir and an opportunity for our families to meet.

There will also be an additional Hebrew reading class through the week for students who wish to improve on their Hebrew reading. This class would be for older children who are nearing Bar/Bat Mitzvah age and need extra practice with Hebrew reading. Please email me if you are interested in this extra class for your child. Day of the week and times are flexible.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me,
Natalie Spevakow (Hebrew School Coordinator)

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 15-16 (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

Dr. Eric Michael Ruby: 1951-2016

Dear Friends & Family,


We are very saddened to inform you of the passing of Dr. Eric Ruby from Penticton, BC. Eric has been a long time member of our community and supporter of our golf tournament.
Aged 64, passed away suddenly in Mazatlan, Mexico on March 11, 2016. Eric was born and raised in Montreal and moved to British Columbia with his beloved wife, Linda, in 1976. Well-known for his loud and infectious laugh, Eric was not one to mince words. His extensive network of friends benefited from his sense of humour and exuberance. In his dental practice at the Penticton Dental Centre he was respected by his patients and colleagues and was a pioneer in preventative dentistry, TMJ, sleep apnea and total patient care. Eric was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Sarah Ruby.He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda, his daughters, Alicia (Shay Proper) and Jessica as well as his brother, Stephen (Ilana) and sister, Marion (Hymie Tannenbaum). He will be missed by his extended family of nieces and nephews and many friends. Eric was an exceptional husband and father and was a valued mentor and friend to his daughters. Eric was an avid golfer and a charter member of the Penticton-Okanagan Rotary Club. He was proud to support their efforts to make progress in the fight to end polio around the world.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rotary Foundation at or directly to the Penticton-Okanagan Rotary Club.