Lexington and Regional Jewish Resources


The Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass
The Jewish Federation runs many important programs and services that serves to connect OZS with the greater Jewish community.  Many of our members are very involved with the Federation.

Temple Adath Israel
Lexington’s Reform congregation. Ohavay Zion Synagogue and Temple Adath Israel co-sponsor various religious and social programming throughout the year.

Lexington Havurah 

The Lexington Havurah, founded in 1978, is an egalitarian and participatory group of diverse people dedicated to Jewish learning and renewal, community building, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). A havurah is defined as a gathering or community of friends. The Lexington Havurah is an independent Havurah affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Members plan, conduct, and share responsibility for education programs, holiday observances and celebrations. Many of our members are also members of Ohavay Zion Synagogue or Temple Adath Israel.

University of Kentucky Hillel
A student run organization. Kentucky Hillel is a Jewish home for University students to celebrate Shabbat, holidays, and life in Lexington together.

Jewish Studies at the University of Kentucky
An Interdisciplinary Program  housed in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky, which draws expertise and scholarly leadership from a  dynamic group of 20+ affiliated faculty drawn from five colleges (Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, Education, Medicine, and Engineering).  First established in 1996, the Jewish Studies Program and interdisciplinary minor has enjoyed a long history at the University of Kentucky.

B’nai Brith
A local chapter of B’nai Brith International. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the globe. We are a national and global leader in advancing human rights; Israel advocacy; ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors and advocacy on vital issues concerning seniors and their families; diversity education; improving communities and helping communities in crisis. Since 1843, B’nai B’rith has played a vital role around the world. Making the world a safer, more tolerant and better place is the mission that still drives our organization.
Contact: Austin Cantor

A local chapter of the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. This is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.  Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.
Contact: Dianne Bazell

Spinoza Society
Oversees the Jewish sections of the Lexington Cemetery.
Contact: Mike Ades

Yiddish Umbatsoymt
Lexington Yiddish Club
Contact: Rafi Finkel

Kosher Products

In Lexington:
Good Foods Coop on Southland Drive carries kosher poultry.
Trader Joe’s on Nicholasville Road carries fresh kosher poultry and beef.

In the Region:
A full selection of kosher products and fresh meat can be found at:
Remke’s – 3872 Paxton Avenue, Cincinnati/Hyde Park
Kroger’s – 4100 Hunt Road, Blue Ash, OH
Kroger’s – 3039 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville, KY

Looking for Kosher Food You Can’t Find Locally?
Members of the Synagogue frequently pick up food for each other when they travel to cities with larger kosher selections.

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