• Subscribe
    OZ uses e-mail to reach our membership, friends
    and to save paper to protect the environment. Sign up
    to receive emails by clicking the button below.

    Sign Up Now

Our Clergy

Rabbi Amy Small

Amy Small-Fix W_3708 Good smallerRabbi Amy Joy Small was honored to become the Senior Rabbi of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue of Burlington, Vermont at the start of 2016. Her passion is helping others enjoy meaningful spiritual living through the rich heritage of Jewish wisdom. She is devoted to sharing Jewish ideas, values and practices with seekers from all backgrounds, while nurturing a loving, caring community devoted to repairing the world.

Previously, Rabbi Small worked in Jewish innovation by creating and directing Deborah’s Palm Center for Jewish Learning & Experiences in Morristown, New Jersey. Through Deborah’s Palm Center, Rabbi Small taught and facilitated Jewish experiences for adults, emphasizing questions from our everyday lives, explored through Jewish texts and ideas.

Rabbi Small has served congregations in New Jersey, Michigan and Indiana. She is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, where she served on the board for many years. She is a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a Storahtelling Maven, and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, from RRC in 2012.

She recently served as Board President of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest, NJ. Rabbi Small served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ, the Gottesman RTW Academy and the Board of Governors of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She was a Vice Chair for the National JNFA Rabbinic Cabinet, and served on many national and local boards for Jewish and interfaith organizations, often representing the Reconstructionist movement. Rabbi Small was previously Dean of Academic Administration and Director of the Education Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Among her varied interfaith activities, she co-taught Building Abrahamic Partnerships at the Hartford Seminary and recently visited Pakistan with the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium.

She was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1987 and received an M.A. in Hebrew letters, and an M.A. in Education from Villanova University, following a B.S. in Education from Temple University, summa cum laude. Publications include a chapter in A Women’s Haftarah Commentary (edited by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein), and a story in the collection, Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories (edited by Laney Katz Becker), and a chapter in the collection, Text Messages (edited by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin.) Her blog, “Raviva” is found at: https://rabbiamyjoy.wordpress.com.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO RABBI AMY’S INTERVIEW ON WCAX.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO RABBI AMY’S INTERVIEW ON VPR

Email Rabbi Amy