Vermont’s oldest and largest Jewish congregation, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (or OZ) was founded in 1885 by 18 Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. Today we are a community of about 300 families. Our vibrant, egalitarian and inclusive congregation is committed to embracing tradition while actively participating in our changing Jewish world. Our membership consists of individuals and families from every liberal Jewish background: Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal. We are a kehilla (a sacred community) where everyone is welcome, including intermarried and LGBTQ families. Whether your interest in Judaism is religious, social, educational, or simply about Tikkun Olam (Ohavi Zedek means “lovers of justice”) you will find a home at OZ. We are a Conservative synagogue, a member of the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism. We embrace our diversity as our greatest strength.
Zedek’s mission is to provide a welcoming home for a diverse Jewish community, offering both traditional and innovative spiritual practice, learning for all ages, and a commitment to social action.