Thank you for your interest in Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (or “OZ” as we affectionately refer to our congregation). Whatever your background or interests, we are sure you will find ways that our community can support your individual identity.
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue is a conservative/egalitarian congregation. With hundreds of families, ranging from traditional to non-traditional across the Jewish spectrum, we are a growing community always seeking new members. We pride ourselves on our commitment to traditional Judaism, while rejoicing in our diversity and inclusiveness.
Our congregation was established by Jewish immigrants to Vermont in 1885. Today we have grown to encompass and serve a wide range of Jews. We are descendants of those early settlers and we are more recent residents of Vermont. Some of us grew up in families that strongly identified as Jews religiously and culturally, some were raised in assimilated secular households, others have come to Judaism as adults. We are single and partnered, straight and gay, expressing our Judaism through a wide spectrum of observance. Many of our members live in interfaith families and family members of any belief are always welcome here. Whatever your background, you will find a home at Ohavi Zedek. We truly believe that our community must be a place where everyone is welcome!
We invite you to learn more about our community by browsing our website. If you are interested experiencing the warmth of our community first hand, we invite you to come to a synagogue event or religious service. Most events here are free and open to members and non-members alike and of course anyone is welcome to attend our services. Whether your Judaism is based in social action, adult or childhood education, youth programming, Torah, or just simply a community of friends, OZ will have something for you.
Read about our membership benefits and dues structure here.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with Rabbi Amy, Cantor Steve, our Membership Committee chair Rebecca Sherlock or a staff member from our preschool or Hebrew School, please click the green request bar below:
Contact our Membership Team
Note that our offices are closed due to the pandemic, so please reach out via the form above rather than stopping by, as would be welcomed during normal times.
Becoming a Member is Easy! When you are ready, please fill out our Membership and Pledge Form.
Members will have access to OZ’s online system called Shulcloud, where they can update their personal information, Yarzeits, financial details and more. Learn more about Shulcloud here.
Stay connected! Subscribe to one of OZ’s email lists.
New Membership Outreach Mission Statement
“Implement a membership process that welcomes prospective members and shows OZ’s diverse and inclusive community, programs, and activities. An emphasis is placed on ensuring a welcoming environment supported and dependent upon the OZ family; as a congregation we will reach out to prospective members. By attending OZ services, programs, and functions we will show we are a supportive, diverse, and inclusive community. No process is perfect but the goal is to make welcoming strangers and prospective members the responsibility of every member, every day.”