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188 North Prospect Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 864-0218

Our Staff

Naomi Barell (she/her) – Director of Youth Education

Naomi has traveled a long and windy road to her position as Hebrew School principal here at OZ. After getting her degree in Jewish history at Barnard, she moved to Israel where she worked in a myriad of jobs – graphic designer, photographer, breakfast cook, barrista and government licensed tour guide. She returned to the states and made her way to Burlington where she had a couple of kids and started teaching. She has taught in many different grades and was on the Hebrew School Committee for a couple of years. As principal, she wants to promote a sense of community amongst the kids and their families in the school. She believes in making our ancient history and traditions more relevant and accessible to kids. Naomi lives with her partner Jade and their four children. In her spare time, she tends to her farmstead of chickens, sheep, turkeys and a llama. Email [email protected]

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View Erika Geremia Towne (she/her) and OZ’s Full Circle Preschool Staff here

Raul Guevara (he/him) – Facilities Manager

Raul has been with the synagogue over 25 years. Prior to his work at OZ he owned his own bus touring business in Guatemala. As the Facilities Manager for the synagogue, Raul’s responsibilities range from daily maintenance of the facility and grounds, serving on the House Committee, managing the kitchen, and serving on the Capital Campaign Construction oversight committee to managing the coordination of life cycle events and holiday events. He also delights in the children of Ohavi Zedek and makes time during Hebrew School hours to help with snacks, play or the invariable need for bandaids or a caring listener. The b’nai mitzvot often mentions him during their speeches with great appreciation for his care and wisdom. He lives with his wife Kathy Guevara in Hinesburg. They have three daughters, two son in laws, five granddaughters, and two grandsons. Email [email protected]

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Andie Lowe (they/them) – Operations Manager

Andie has been managing operations at OZ for over a year.  Previously they worked in operations at a local marketing agency. Their focus is on smooth and efficient operation of the synagogue.

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Sophie Miller (she/her) – Engagement Coordinator

Sophie’s bio will be added here momentarily!

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Selected Staff Photos by Jake Rubman

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