We embrace innovation in Jewish practice and culture while standing rooted in our tradition. We are Vermont’s oldest and largest Jewish congregation. Ohavi Zedek (OZ) was founded in 1885 by 18 Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. Today we are a growing community of about 300 member households. Our vibrant, egalitarian and inclusive congregation is committed to embracing tradition while actively participating in the changing Jewish world. Our members consist of individuals and families from nearly every Jewish background: Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Orthodox and those who don’t identify with a particular denomination. Many of our members are partners of Jews from other religious backgrounds. We are a kehilla (a sacred community) where everyone is welcome, including people of all orientations and identities, ethnicities, abilities and economic circumstances. Whether your interest in Judaism is spiritual, cultural, about social justice or learning, we hope you will find a home at OZ.
Ohavi Zedek is committed to being a vibrant Jewish community in Vermont, embracing traditions while actively participating in the changing Jewish world.
Under the leadership of our clergy, board and staff, OZ emphasizes a spirit of tolerance and mutual respect for its members and for the community. Ohavi Zedek’s home and campus is at 188 North Prospect Street which was built in 1952.
Ohavi Zedek’s mission is to provide a welcoming home for a diverse Jewish community, offering both traditional and innovative spiritual practice, learning for all ages, and a commitment to social action.
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