OZS_EducationEducation is at the center of what we do at Ohavay Zion Synagogue.   We offer programs and activities for young children at our Gan Shalom preschool, a religious school for children from age 4 through b’nai mitzvah, educational activities for junior high and high school students, and a range of programs for adults.

Gan Shalom Preschool
Since 1998, Gan Shalom, Ohavay Zion Synagogue’s early childhood program, has been offering Lexington families an intimate, nurturing environment, making the first school experience an overwhelmingly positive one.   Our primary goal is to provide quality care and education.   We are STARS-rated and offer children ages 12 months through 5 years a stimulating, age-appropriate setting that supports and prepares them for a life-long love of learning.   For more information, see the Gan Shalom webpage: or contact the director, Amy Howe, at or by telephone at 859-335-9922.

Religious School
Students at Ohavay Zion Synagogue meet on Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for regular Hebrew and Religious school classes. Here they learn about Jewish history, ethics, culture, and practice, as well as the basics of reading Hebrew and leading services. Little Mensches, a class for preschool aged children, also meets on many Sunday mornings throughout the year. The religious school director can be reached at:

Bat/Bar Mitzvah
Students at Ohavay Zion Synagogue lead Friday night services, read Torah and Haftarah, give a sermon, and lead the Torah and Musaf services.   They have mentors who spend time with them working on their Hebrew skills, and they each have the opportunity to study one on one with the Rabbi. Over the course of the years preparing for their Bat or Bar Mitzvah, students not only learn the prayers, but feel and experience the joy of Jewish worship.  They develop as people and learn how to be leaders in their community.  They shift from being children to being adults, with all the responsibilities that entails.

Midrashah challenges adolescents as they think about what Judaism can mean for their lives.  They discuss and explore, watch movies and videos, cook a variety of Jewish foods, do social action projects, and go on field trips to other places of worship. Midrashah is a wonderful way for our Jewish adolescents to continue their Jewish journey.

Adult Education
OZS offers a wide variety of continuing and short-term classes and educational activities, formal and informal. Current classes can be found on the OZS calendar. They include:
Jewish Women and Literature with Sheila Jelen
Jewish Holidays with Alice Goldstein
Talmud for Everybody with Jon Glixon
Talmud Study Group with Rafi Finkel

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