Welcome to Or Ami

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Welcome to Or Ami

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Or Ami's Food Truck Helps End Hunger

Food Forward TruckOr Ami partnered with Food Forward, an innovative hunger organization, to purchase a truck and provide maintenance support, to help feed the hungry. Food Forward rescues fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. 100% of the produce they recover is donated to hunger relief agencies (including SOVA) across 8 counties in Southern California. Or Ami's truck will serve over 97,000 people a month! Our truck will recover over 6 million pounds of food each year.

To volunteer to help collect fresh fruit and produce, contact our partner, foodforward.org

We honor all who generously donated to help us purchase this truck and help address food insecurity in Southern California:

Tzedakah Maven

Scott & Heidi Friedman
Samuel & Ruby Patterson
Alan & Sarina Kaye

Mitzvah Mensch

Rabbi Paul Kipnes' Discretionary Fund
Cantor Doug Cotler's Discretionary Fund

Food Forward Hero

Robert & Marilyn Buckley
Marcy Gross
Glenn & Linda Levie

Trucking Toward Ending Hunger

Harry & Judy Friedman
Jeffrey & Jennifer Greenberg
Brian & Patricia Jablon
Rabbi Paul Kipnes & Michelle November
Mike & Daliah Nichols
Robert & Evelyne Reiss
Jeff & Marsha Rothpan
David & Robin Sackman
Donald & Linda Tannenbaum
Ken & Ava Ungar
Shirley Wolfson (by her family)

Fresh Fruit Fan

Richard & Terry Abrams
Robert & Susan Emmer
Fred & Susan Gruber
Julee Harman
Steve & Laurie Keleman
Ralph and Jackie Lacher
Rick and Andrea Levy
Peter & Audie Lenkov
Brian & Heidi Padveen
Ike & Brooke Praw
Hugh & Melisa Roberts
Rotary Club of Woodland Hills
Sarah Steinhauer
Debra Tobias
Jerome & Nina Treiman
Gary & Faye Waldman
George & Linda Weinstock
Rabbi Julia and David Weisz

Veggies for Health 

Brett Barnes & Amy Pucker-Barnes
Eric & Sharon Bishop
Logan Bishop
Paul & Rachel Dashevsky
Paul & Lucille Goldin
Newton Gore
Harvey & Deborah Kalan
Lawrence & Susanne Klein
Leon & Barbara Lewitt
Barry & Ellen Monblatt


Fresh Produce Provider

Lenore Alexander
Diana Barnes
Steven & Joyce Bloom
Braunstein Braunstein
Toby Caplan-Stonefield
Kenneth & Mary Carmona
Howard & Joan Cohen
Paradise Cove Land Company, LLC Cove
William & Georgianne Cutter
Myron & Nancy Dembo
Arnie Diamond & Cyndi Friedman 
Irene Faust Faust
Fanny Forman-Brand
Paula Frost
Rabbi Marc & Betty Gellman
Eitan & Wendy Ginsburg
Sidney & Sharon Goldberg
Joseph & Lisa Gordon
Brian & Kerri Graver
Wayne & Carol Hanson
Howard & Jennifer Hausman
Mark & Shelly Hiskey
Alan & Lyn Kabakoff
Michael & Dina Kaplan
Alan & Natalie Kazden
Benjamin & Charlotte Klein
Rev Korman
Fred & Lisa Levine
Eli & Leslie Levy
David & Teresa Litt
Jeff & Lisa Menell
James & Marianne Mertzel
Robert & Cynthia Moss
Robert & Shirley Newman
Murray & Teri November
Katherine Oschin
Powers Powers
Howard & Debbie Rodgers
Deana Rosenthal
Robert & Catherine Rosenthal
Nancy Rothenberg
Ben & Gertie Sanders Sanders
Richard & Susan Shamban
Don & Margaret Sobel
Gail Student
Lisa Weber
Arthur & Ellen Weisman 

Caring Community Foundation

In a world of increasing brokenness and isolation, the Caring Community Foundation strives to create community by reaching out and supporting the most vulnerable among us. By lifting up others, we lift ourselves up too.


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The Caring Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to repairing the world with particular focus on:

  • Sustaining people with special needs and their families
  • Strengthening individuals and families struggling with and recovering from illness
  • Supporting people in recovery from addictions
  • Mentoring at-risk youth
  • Alleviating Homelessness and Hunger
  • Creating community in an isolating world

Website: caringcommunityfoundation.com


President: Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Treasurer: Alan Kazden
Secretary: Hedi Gross

Contact Information:

26115 Mureau Road, Ste. B
Calabasas, CA 91356

I Feel Uplifted by Fariba Cooper

I was sitting with the community this year, instead of the choir, taking in every prayer and song, while trying to sing with the Cantor and the choir. After singing the prayer Sim Shalom, I was overwhelmed with the feeling of guilt.

Why am I feeling so happy and light?

Am I enjoying myself too much?

I keep crying , but I am not sad.

Should I not feel more remorse?

Should I not feel more somber? After all, this is the holy day, not a holiday.

I am not bored…

I felt confused and a little scared of: what if this is not right?  I can't and won't go back to the alternative – long, boring services in other synagogues.

So I did what I have been taught in all my coaching sessions.  I identified my outcomes:

To experience Jewish learning.  What does it mean to me as a woman, mom, a Jew and most importantly as a human?

To enrich my kids and family's life with love of Judaism. So that no matter where they go, Judaism is always with them in their heart and soul

To teach my kids that life is not just about them. They have a responsibility as a Jew to themselves, to their past, to their children, and to their community and the world.

To find a place where I can contribute, grow, learn academically, spiritually and religiously.

To feel and be connected to myself and others.

My conclusion:  I felt more connected to myself, to my ancestors, to my children and to everyone in that temple yesterday than ever before.  I contemplated the prayers and what they mean to me, more than ever before.  I belong to Judaism and Judaism belongs to me.

My mom had lost faith and connection to Judaism over the years and after being diagnosed with breast cancer again, she did not even want to come to the temple. Yet she came, she prayed, she cried, and left the services with a totally different attitude. She was uplifted and filled with hope.

My teenage daughter said to me, “Mom, I feel so high and so happy. I really loved the services.”

Do you remember when you were a teenager and how you felt about the services of High Holy Days? From these services, my child believes that we belong to Judaism and Judaism belongs to us.

So I feel like I am home, this is were I belong, and if that means I have to suffer and be happy and spiritually-uplifted, instead of guilty and somber, so be it.

Upcoming Events

11.17.2017 - 11.19.2017
NFTY Social Justice Kallah
11.19.2017 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mishpacha Session 6
11.19.2017 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Mishpacha Havura Earthquake Drill
11.19.2017 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
LoMPTY Board Meeting
Livestream High Holy Day Services

Watch Services Online

Worship with us from the comfort of your home. Find strength in prayer while in your hospital room or convalescent home. Connect spiritually while away. Services live streamed twice monthly. Our calendar lists times of live streamed services.


Photo Gallery

Take a look at different events, occasions, and ‘happenings’ here at our synagogue. Our Mitzvah Day celebrations, Tikkun Olam, simchas and special occasions!


Social Justice

Our community is actively involved with social action, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.


Youth Groups

Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the synagogue’s children to create lasting friendships.


Rabbi Kipnes' Blog

Our Rabbi explores Jewish spirituality on the journey through life. Delve into refreshing perspectives on Judaism, contemporary issues and Congregation Or Ami. Interactive commentary that lets you read and be part of a discussion.


Or Ami News

Read more about what's going on in our synagogue and community this week and this month. 

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Tree of Life, Yahrzeit Memorial and Noah's Ark

Honor and remember your loved ones. Our Tree of Life celebrates simchas (joyous times). Our Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques remember loved ones. Our Noah's Ark honors or remembers beloved pets.

Upcoming Events

11.17.2017 - 11.19.2017
NFTY Social Justice Kallah
11.19.2017 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mishpacha Session 6
11.19.2017 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Mishpacha Havura Earthquake Drill
11.19.2017 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
LoMPTY Board Meeting