Ohavi Zedek SynagogueOhavi Zedek is committed to being a vibrant Jewish community in Vermont, embracing traditions while actively participating in the changing Jewish world. Eighteen people created Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Vermont’s oldest and largest Jewish Congregation, in 1885. Ohavi Zedek has grown to include approximately 400 families who are a diverse blend of descendents of those earlier settlers and a growing group of newcomers to Vermont. Ohavi Zedek, which means Lovers of Justice, offers religious, spiritual, educational and community services and programs to people of all ages. Under the leadership of Rabbi Joshua Chasan, OZ, as it is lovingly called, emphasizes a spirit of tolerance and mutual respect for its members and for the community.
From the children’s voices emanating from our Hebrew School, to a Bar Mitzvah practicing his Haftarah, to a group of women discussing “Harlots and Heroines - The Women of Purim,” the happy eaters of the monthly social Lunch and Learn program. Ohavi Zedek is filled with the sounds of its members immersed in the educational programs we offer.
During the past few years Ohavi Zedek Synagogue hosted a range of classes and lectures including talks by Rabbi Chaim Potok, Rabbi David Hartman of Jerusalem, Rabbi Marcia Prager, Bonna Devorah Haberman, Julius Lester, and Rabbi Neil Gilman. The classes and speakers at Ohavi Zedek reflect the wide range of observance of Judaism and the climate of freethinking that characterizes our synagogue.
Ohavi Zedek aims to provide a model a Jewish way of living that is both traditional and unequivocally inclusive of all people.
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Molly Ritvo, Membership and Outreach Coordinator