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  • Lunch & Learn

    We’re back! Join us at lunch for the first program in the 2014/15 L&L series, when Vivien and David Brown will speak about The History of the Jews in China, with photos. Click here for more info.
  • Thur., Oct. 23

  • Tot Shabbat

    Stories, Guitar Music, Singing, Dance, Prayer, Challah and more! Click here for times and dates!
  • Scholar in Residence Shabbbaton

    Judaism and the Environment with Rabbi Or N. Rose and special guest Kathryn Blume. Click here for more info.
  • OZ Kitchen Shower

    Click here for more info on the OZ gift registry for the new kitchen!

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.




The Mural committee has been BUSY both fundraising and planning for the move of the Lost Shul Mural! Read all about it HERE!



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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.