Email us: PTA@oceansidejewishcenter.org
Mission of the OJC PTA
PTA supports Oceanside Jewish Center's goals to give the best of everything we can to our children. By hosting several fundraisers throughput the year, we are able to make small contributions to the Religious School, such as giving each class symbolic holiday food items and we volunteer during special events and assist the teachers and staff whenever possible. PTA is known as an “arm” of the synagogue. We are self-run, have our own budget and board and the President of PTA holds a seat on the OJC Board of Trustees. That means PTA has a voice and a vote in the major decisions that affect OJC. PTA makes sure there is a family service at the High Holy Days, that families of our youngest members are considered when planning events, such as Shabbat Under the Stars, and that when changes are needed within the structure of OJC, PTA members are represented. PTA also hosts small informal social events such as the Welcome Back BBQ for the Early Childhood Center, providing refreshments at the Religious School Orientation, the Sukkot events Bagels in the Hut (ECC) and Pizza in the Hut (RS). PTA has also hosted several Community Purim Carnivals with games and bounce houses for the kids and wonderful raffle prizes for the adults.
Becoming a Member of the OJC PTA • Dues are $18 per Family
Any member of the OJC congregation may pay dues and become a member of OJC PTA. So many members of the congregation became part of OJC by first enrolling their children in the Nursery School or Religious School. Even past Bar/Bat Mitzvah age, parents and their children continue to volunteer at PTA functions so that parents with young children can enjoy the events with their children. Many are our babysitters during the High Holy Days taking care of our little ones. However, most PTA members are the families of school enrollees, as they are the ones who play the most active role in the decisions made pertaining to school activities and participate in our events. We are able to provide support to the schools from the income we make through dues and our fundraisers. Our PTA membership drive is in fact our most successful fundraiser! We are striving to reach 100% membership. We often make donations to OJC directly or to different funds in the name of someone, or use the funds for scholarships to Hebrew High School so those that want to continue Jewish learning may do so after Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Proudly, last year, due to our fundraising efforts, we were able to make some much needed repairs to our playground. We made it safer for all the children to play and have fun. But we can’t do these fantastic things without our members!
Planning Ahead for the 2017-2018 School Year
OJC PTA is looking for volunteers to fill leadership roles for the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!