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ChaiLights – Group Action Day: Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery

October 2, 2022 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am


October 2, we will meet at the Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery at 319 Patchen Road at 10:15 am.  We will do some light clean up work with other volunteers from the community, and learn about Vermont Jewish history.  This event will be hosted by Shimmy Cohen, who has cared for OZ cemeteries for years, and Jason Stuffle, a preschool parent who during the pandemic has become a DIY gravestone cleaner (we’ll see the progress of his work on one of the oldest burial sites in the cemetery). Note that there are two cemeteries on Patchen Road, and the map location on the event listing has the exact cemetery location.  Park in the circular drive near the flag pole.  Bring gloves, rakes and a tarp if possible.

If the weather is not accommodating, we will meet at OZ and do a project in the kitchen.

About ChaiLights

This fall, OZ will be serving bagels, coffee and tea, with fun/social group experiences for adults!

Beginning September 11th, ten weekly ChaiLights gatherings will give you a chance to learn a little, taste a little, share a little, maybe even schvitz (sweat!) a little while connecting with others.

Each gathering will start off with food and open conversation, followed by a unique experience that will engage and inspire, let us create and improve the world. This project’s vibe is fun, social and low-pressure, with activities lead by community volunteers. Its a great fit for Jews, Jewish-adjacent and those who are just curious.

Thanks to a program sponsor, individuals or couples who sign up by September 7th and attend at least 3 dates will receive a Hanukkah Kit (worth over $50) for free.

Register Now!

Our planned activity list for the series is below (Subject to Change):


Date / Time

ChaiLights Experience

Community Member Hosts

Sept 11

10 am to noon

Fall Welcome / Welcome Back Open House

including OZ tour, discussion about the recently restored 110 year old “Lost Shul Mural” and other historical items at OZ followed by brunch.

Jeff Potash, OZ President, Aaron Goldberg, community member and past archivist

Spet 18

9:15 to 10:30

Group Action Day: 9:30 am Flag/Banner Making, 10:30 optional shofar blowing workshop, Pride Parade at 12:30 pm

Brett Smith, Hebrew School parent, volunteer / board member

Sept 25

No ChaiLights Today

Oct 2

10:15 to 11:30

Group Action Day: Cemetery Clean Up

If the weather is not accomodating, we will meet at OZ and do a project in the kitchen.

Jason Stuffle, Preschool parent

Shimmy Cohen, OZ Cemetery Committee

Oct 9

9:15 to 11:00

Walking Tour of Little Jerusalem, Burlington’s thriving Jewish quarter in the 1880s to early 1900s. Meet at 9:15 at OZ for a nosh and conversation, then walk (7 minutes) or drive (2 minutes) to 168 Archibald Street in front of Ahavath Gerim synagogue to meet Aaron for the tour at 10am.

Aaron Goldberg, community member and past OZ Archivist

Oct 16

9:15 to 10:30

Yoga in the Yurt (Alternative Activity is TBA) Led by our community member Peggy Price, RYT-200, and creator of Yoga Body, Jewish Mind.

Class starts with mindfulness breathing exercises, slow flow yoga, and concludes with a discussion and chevruta (partner) discussion of a Jewish text. This is a multi-level yoga class* perfect for beginners and experienced yogis. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own mat (and a yoga block if you have one). No Hebrew or background knowledge is required. Like any good Jewish yoga class, a bagel brunch will be provided after class.

There will be a standard exercise waiver you will be required to sign to participate in the yoga class.

Peggy Price, Preschool / Hebrew School parent

Oct 23

9:15 to 10:30

Mahjong 101 (alternative: Running Group)

Lynda Siegel, Adult Ed volunteer

Oct 30

9:15 to 10:30

Making Rugulah in the kitchen


Nov 6

9:15 to 10:30

“One Jewish Thing” Discussion.  9:45 am start

Lisa Glass Kornstein, Hebrew School parent

Nov 13

9:15 to 10:30

Farming & Food Production Discussion

(Prior to the “Northern Nosh” Food Fair)

Grace Oedel, Preschool / Hebrew School parent, past OZ ED, current ED of Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

Dec 4

No ChaiLights Today – OZ Annual Meeting


Dec 11

No ChaiLights Today

Dec 18

9:15 to 10:30

Cooking and OZ Hanukkah Party (starts at 11 am)

Jeff Potash, OZ President and Kitchen Team

Plus, we have space in the schedule for content and activities based on participant feedback.


This program was created and lead by volunteers and staff of Ohavi Zedek.  Partial funding is provided by a generous grant from:


October 2, 2022
10:15 am - 11:30 am
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Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery
316 Patchen Rd
South Burlington, VT 05403
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Ohavi Zedek
(802) 864-0218
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