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  • Lunch & Learn

    Circus time! Please join us on April 24 for this fun themed L & L! Click here for more info.
  • Yom HaShoah Observance

    Please join us for a brief service of readings and songs on April 27. Click here for more info.
  • Folk Service

    A special Kabbalat Shabbat Folk Service at OZ on Friday, May 2. Click here for more info.
  • Lost Shul Mural

    Click here to learn more about this amazing project or to donate.

About OZ

An Inclusive and Diverse Jewish Community

Vermont's oldest and largest Jewish congregation, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (or OZ) was founded in 1885 by 18 Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. Today we are a community of about 375 families. Our vibrant, egalitarian and inclusive congregation is committed to embracing tradition while actively participating in our changing Jewish world. Our membership consists of individuals and families from every liberal Jewish background: Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal. We are a kehilla (a sacred community) where everyone is welcome, including intermarried and LGBTQ families. Whether your interest in Judaism is religious, social, educational, or simply about Tikkun Olam (Ohavi Zedek means "lovers of justice") you will find a home at OZ. We embrace our diversity as our greatest strength.

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Hebrew School & Adult Ed

Home1From the children's voices emanating from our Hebrew School, to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah practicing his or her Haftarah, to the shared insights of adults studying Torah with our rabbis, Ohavi Zedek is filled with the sounds of its children and members immersed in the educational programs we offer. Our children have the opportunity to participate in Hebrew School (grades K through 7), Hebrew Chai School (grades 8 through 12) and Young Judaea (grades 3 through 12), all excellent and enriching programs where they can explore who they are as Jews as well as learn Hebrew, and explore Jewish traditions, holidays and culture. And learning isn't just for kids, we have an exciting and engaging Adult Education program every Fall and Spring.


office closed 


April 14 - close at 3 pm
April 15 & 16 - closed
April 21 & 22 - closed

More Events 


oz blue starWe invite you to learn more about our community by coming to synagogue events and services. Our Friday evening service, which begins at 6:00pm and usually lasts less than an hour, is a joyous and musical welcoming of Shabbat. It is casual and child-friendly. Following the service, there is a vegetarian pot-luck Shabbat dinner at the home of Rabbi Jan and her rebbitzmon, Loredo. Hope you can join us this Friday night, and EVERY Friday night! Kabbalat Shabbat at OZ is a great way to be introduced to our community. Or check out our events page for another exciting activity to become involved.