Jewish Organizations (Ventura County)

Brandeis University, National Women’s Committee/Ventura Chapter
Contact: Dorothy Lemchen, President
Location: Camarillo, CA
Telephone: (805) 484-4819
Info: Brandeis University National Women’s Committee provides financial support for the Brandeis University Libraries and offers its members opportunity for intellectual pursuit, community service, social interaction, personal enrichment and leadership development.

Hadassah/Pleasant Valley Group
Contact: Natalie Rosen, Co-President
Telephone: (805) 484-3523
Info: Hadassah Pleasant Valley is a group of women from Leisure Village, serving Seniors in the Camarillo area, who meet for socializing, personal growth and to support Hadassah’s life-saving work in Israel and in the United States.

Hadassah/Shoshelot Group (Camarillo and surrounding areas)
Contact: Mariana Krastein & Ellen Brand, Co-Presidents
Telephone: Hadassah office, (818) 343-9316
Info: Shoshelot is a new Hadassah group that draws women from the Camarillo and surrounding areas. The group name, Shoshelot, which translates to Family Tree, Geneology, or Dynasty, illustrates the multi-generational nature of this group.

Hadassah/Simi Valley, Moorpark, East Conejo Valley
Contact: Sherry Loewenstein, President
Telephone: (818) 489-4880
Info: Hadassah Simi Valley, Moorpark, East Conejo Valley (L’Dor Vador) is a dynamic group of mulit-generational women serving Simi Valley, Moorpark and the East Conejo Valley who meet for socializing, personal growth and to support Hadassah’s life saving work and educational programs in Israel and the US.

Haverim B’nai B’rith of Conejo Valley
Contact: Jerry and Arlene Clein/President
Location: Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Mailing Address: Haverim B’nai B’rith, P. O. Box 3911, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
Telephone: (805) 477-3144
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Info: Affiliated with B’nai B’rith International with over 250 members from the Conejo Valley and surrounding communities, our unit has informative monthly programs; social activities; special events, and activity groups. We are also involved in community outreach and service programs such as feeding the homeless, support to the local food bank Manna, Passover food baskets, high school community service scholarships, and low-income senior affordable housing. We also support ADL and Jewish youth.

Jewish Environmental League
Contact: Jeffery Auerbach, Ph.D.
Location: 3875 Telegraph, Suite A115, Ventura, CA, 93003
Telephone: (805) 647-7760
Info: Jewish Environmental League revitalizes Judaism for youth and adults by providing leadership on one of the great social action causes of our time; promotes environmental projects from a Jewish perspective; provides activities and consultation to religious schools and youth groups.

Jewish Federation of Ventura County
Contact: Cheri DeKofsky, Executive Director
Location: 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA, 93004
Telephone: (805) 647-7800
Fax: (805) 647-0482
Info: Jewish Federation of Ventura County is the single Jewish organization that addresses both local and international needs. Because every Jew is responsible for every other Jew – no Jew stands alone – helping one another on a global and regional basis is the highest priority of the UJA/Jewish Federation.

Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)
Contact: Jan Meisels Allen, President
Location: 6052 Hackers Lane, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
Telephone: (818) 889-6616
Info: The purpose of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) is to provide a society for persons interested in Jewish genealogy; to encourage interest in Jewish genealogy; to provide educational genealogical programs; to develop and execute genealogical projects; to serve as a service and support group for genealogical libraries and historical associations; and to provide a center for the exchange of surnames and genealogical material.

Jewish War Veterans of the USA/Bernard Becker Post 123 of the Conejo Valley & Ventura
Contact: Joseph Ettenberg, Commander
Telephone: (805) 647-5812
Info: Nationally, JWV represents Jewish Veterans and their interests as members of America’s veteran and Jewish communities. JWV promotes legislation assisting veterans as part of a strong coherent national defense program. JWV’s activities express Jewish communal concerns, support of Israel, support for imperiled Jewry, and condemnation of anti-semitism. Locally, Post 123 of Thousand Oaks meets monthly. Its members span from World War II through current Jewish members of the armed forces.

National Council of Jewish Women
Contact: Joan Stone, President
E-mail: (National) / (Washington DC)
Info: NCJW (Camarillo) is a volunteer nonsectarian organization, inspired by Jewish values that works through a program of advocacy, education, research and community service to improve the quality of life for women, children and families in Ventura County and serves to insure individual’s rights and freedoms for all.

Ventura Jewish Parenting Group
Contact: Auna Simon
Info: This group is for Jewish families that want to meet other Jewish families in the local area to celebrate holidays, have special events, Shabbat dinners, Sunday family brunches, outdoor activities and anything else we’d like to do. We hope to ignite friendships for children and parents and have lots of fun getting to know each other. We are always open to ideas and interests. Every member is welcome to host or be in charge of events. It is very important to incorporate Judaism into our children’s lives. We hope to learn, share, grow, and bond together throughout the years!

Women’s American ORT, Camarillo/Ventura Chapter
Contact: Edith Kuznitz and Annelies Regen, Co-Presidents
Location: Camarillo, CA
Telephone: (800) 566-7793 (Region) / (818) 881-9370
Info: American ORT and Women’s American ORT, both members of ORT America, Inc., support a global network of schools and training programs that boast more than 3 million graduates to date. ORT educates 270,000 students in 60 countries annually. Worldwide Jewish and secular communities are strengthened in those towns and cities in which ORT programs exist. The cutting edge education acquired at ORT schools, colleges and international programs provide marketable skills that enable students to attain successful careers, become community leaders and live with dignity.