We are committed to fostering a strong relationship between new immigrants and our Jewish community. We all carry stories of migration with us– perhaps removed by some generations– but nevertheless as potent influences on who we are as Jews in the US. We believe improving the welcome experience for New Americans is one way we can live out our duty as Jews to ‘heal the world.’
OZ has partnered with Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program to host English language classes for New Americans at OZ several times a week. (This program was paused during the pandemic.)
OZ has a working group focused on immigration and sanctuary. This group is a working project of OZ’s Social Action Committee. This group leads actions and efforts both for the OZ community and the wider Burlington community. If you wish to get involved, please contact us.
Our Shalom Shuk provides material support in helping get New Americans set up in new homes when they arrive here in Burlington.
In 2017, Ohavi Zedek won the Solomon Schechter Excellence Award in ‘Prophetic Voice’ for our work “Welcoming the Stranger.” We remain committed as Jews and as ‘lovers of justice’ to welcoming migrants as our beloved family through a variety of programs: our English language classes, our Shalom Shuk that provides material support, and ongoing relationship and community building between the Jewish and New American communities in Burlington through interfaith work (and a bi-yearly Interfaith Seder around Passover).