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Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn: Our Not So New American Holiday

June 17 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

June honors two important historical American holidays: Juneteenth and Loving Day.  Come learn what they are, why they are important and what they mean for us today at a Lunch & Learn on June 17 at 12pm.
Margaret K. Bass will help us learn and take our questions. She is the special assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at St. Michael’s College.



In MARCH we learned about Bill Schubart’s German-Jewish background in his talk about being Catholic, Jewish and agnostic all at once. A teacher, entrepreneur, speaker and writer of renown throughout the state, Bill posed questions that haunt him about religion in general.

APRIL brought Michael Colby to Vermont via Zoom as a follow-up to Cantor Steve’s series on Broadway musicals through the decades. Michael’s talk, well-thought out and beautifully presented, outlined what it takes to bring a musical to Broadway today. His overview of the process as it has evolved over the years and through the pandemic was truly eye-opening! Many thanks to Wayne Senville for helping Michael, a high school classmate, bring this program to us!

Both presentations have been recorded. Here are the links:

MAY 6    


With Rabbi Amy Small and OZ President Nat Lew

Even before the COVID pandemic, American Judaism had begun to change. The 20thcentury model of broadly supported community-based synagogues was facing challenges from new models, as well as striking demographic and cultural shifts. The pandemic, by putting almost all Jewish gatherings online, accelerated this transformation. Almost all traditional elements of synagogue organization, such as membership and dues, now demand reconsideration.

In this hour, Rabbi Amy and Nat will discuss these national changes and the ways that Ohavi Zedek must and will adapt in order to thrive in a transformed world.

MAY 20


With Cantor Steve Zeidenberg     

Cantor Steve is preparing a presentation based on the research of ethnomusicologist Henry Sapoznik, credited for rediscovering a rare 100-year old recording by Thomas LaRue, one of at least a dozen black cantors of that era.

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