John Sherwood Obituary

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John Martin Sherwood

April 15, 1936 - April 18, 2012
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Dr. John M. Sherwood, 76, of Oxnard, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, following a long illness. Dr. Sherwood was born April 15, 1936, in New York City. Dr. John M. Sherwood, B.A., B. H. L., M. A. H. L., D.D., was Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emet of Woodland Hills, California, where he served as Senior Rabbi for twenty-two years. Early in his career, he was the first reform rabbi in western Canada, and taught in the religious studies department of the University of British Columbia. For six years he was an adjunct professor of pastoral studies at St. John's Roman Catholic Seminary in Camarillo, California. A graduate of the Los Angeles...
Dr. John M. Sherwood, 76, of Oxnard, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, following a long illness. Dr. Sherwood was born April 15, 1936, in New York City.
Dr. John M. Sherwood, B.A., B. H. L., M. A. H. L., D.D., was Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emet of Woodland Hills, California, where he served as Senior Rabbi for twenty-two years. Early in his career, he was the first reform rabbi in western Canada, and taught in the religious studies department of the University of British Columbia. For six years he was an adjunct professor of pastoral studies at St. John's Roman Catholic Seminary in Camarillo, California. A graduate of the Los Angeles Police Academy advanced chaplaincy course, he was a chaplain and crisis intervention counselor for the Department from 1982 to 1997. His colleagues elected him coordinator of the chaplain corps in 1995. He was a past president of the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council, and the author of a High Holy Day prayer book and a number of creative Haggadahs. He has written many articles on liturgy and the relationship of Jewish and Christian ceremonial observances. One of his favorite community projects was working with the priest- rabbi dialogue committee that was jointly sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and the Archdiocese of Southern California. Upon his retirement from the pulpit, he qualified as a personal fitness trainer in order to develop a motivational program bringing mind, body and spirit together. His interest in computers has led him to pursuing intellectual interests all over the world through the Internet. He was a frequent respondent to the Union for Reform Judaism's "Ask the Rabbi" web site, and that of Jewish.com, and a regular contributor to the Liberal Jewish Newsletter. When not following his academic pursuits, he enjoys travel with his wife, Dolores. These journeys, coupled with his passion for scenic photography, have led to the creation of his slide lecture series entitled "Judaism Around the World, from Budapest to Bangkok and Back." His biography appears in the Marquis Who's Who in Religion in America, as well as several other similar publications.
Since moving to Oxnard, he has become a chaplain for the Ventura County Fire and Rescue Department, was a member and chairperson of both the Oxnard Clergy Association and the Ventura Interfaith Ministerial Association. He led the two organizations to joint sponsorship of a new program for the west county in interfaith education. He and his wife, Dolores served for three years as chair and vice-chair of the Oxnard City Sea Air Community Council, now as members at-large. He has been active in environmental causes, specifically the Save our Open space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) movement. He was also a professor for Elderhostel. He has served on the executive committee of a study group created by the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor John Flynn. The group was known as "Society Ecology Economy Ventura County Vision". The Board of Supervisors also appointed him to the newly created County Election Finance Ethics Commission, of which his colleagues elected him vice chair, in which position he served for two years. He serves on the Institutional Review Board of St. John's Regional Medical Center. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Oxnard Police-Clergy Council. He was a member of the Oxnard Community Relations Commission. He was a recipient of the California Central Coast Anti-Defamation League Distinguished Community Service Award.
Rabbi Sherwood is survived by his wife Dolores, his children Jay, Robert, Bruce, June and Wendy and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:30 P.M., at Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Kimball Road, Ventura, with Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Torah.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com

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