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Review for Conejo Jewish Outreach, Agoura Hills, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

When my husband was receiving care from VITAS Innovative Hospice earlier this year, we requested a visit from their hospice rabbi. Rabbi Len Muroff helped my family through an extremely difficult time. As unaffiliated, mostly cultural Jews, we didn't have a place or someone to turn to for our spiritual needs at this time. Rabbi Len stepped in offering us comfort and piece of mind. He was available work with us to prepare and officiate at two memorial services, one for family and friends and then again at Valley Presbyterian Hospital for employees and staff. We were truly grateful for his care and compassion. When Rabbi Len mentioned that he wanted to start a Jewish Outreach Group in the Agoura Hills area, I was delighted to sign on to help him, both as a way of saying thank you and because I had a need to belong to a community that a group like this could become. I also have experience with fundraising, event planning and working with JCCs in Michigan, Wisconsin and Northern California that would be beneficial. Conejo Jewish Outreach (www.conejojewishoutreach.org) is the group we have founded. The first of our monthly Potluck Shabbat Dinners was in June, with guest musicians adding a special touch to services led by Rabbi Muroff. We have had about 40 participants, adults and children, at each gathering with new families joining in each time and a growing list of interested people. There is a planning committee that meets monthly to discuss social action organizations and causes where our members could volunteer and ask people from those organizations come to our gatherings. Most importantly, as a very new organization, we discuss ways to attract more families to our group, are in the process of getting our Non Profit paperwork filed and are constantly seeking ideas for new funding opportunities to keep us up and running. At the moment our funding comes from participants, only the adults, who pay a small fee to cover the musician's fee. Members have been taking turns holding the Shabbat dinners at their houses, mostly outdoors during the summer months, but now that we are heading into colder weather we need a place to move our activities inside. That will take money we haven't figured out how to raise as yet. But some of our new participants have agreed to join our planning group with new ideas and enthusiasm. We definitely need the exposure that this award could provide.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me meet new people in the community that have similar ideas and values and wish to make a positive impact on the community we live in.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I have met and the feeling of family I get when I am around them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous and caring people who want to make a difference in the community and the world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

find a building to house our organization, allow us to hire knowledgable and talented people to help with the logistics of simultaneously running the business, tending to our religious needs and participating in social action causes without money worries

Ways to make it better...

we were able to find a funding source that would give us the ability to do good works without having to worry where the financial support will come from.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding the money to keep the organization running and keeping participants engaged and interested.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Rabbi Len Muroff is doing a wonderful job of spearheading this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I helped start the group and have been behind the scenes with planning for the future of the organization.