Tefillah, prayer, is at the heart of our community. Opportunities abound at OZS to join our community to pray (and eat). If you are a visitor to Lexington and are looking for a place to stay on Shabbat within walking distance of Ohavay Zion, please contact the OZS office at 859-266-8050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome in Shabbat together as a congregation on Friday evenings with different types of services to appeal to all ages. The schedule rotates to include Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat, Kid’s Shabbat, and Shabbat Rocks services.
The observance of Shabbat continues on Saturday morning with a traditional, egalitarian service includes congregant participation on all levels, including children. At OZS we are blessed to have so many members who lead services, read (and lift) torah, and sing together to make fill our Shabbat morning services with spirited tefillah. The Shabbat morning service begins each Saturday at 9:30 A.M with Birchat ha-Shachar and Pesukey d’Zimrah and concludes around noon. A warm Kiddush Luncheon follows the service. This meal is open to all guests, and we invite you to stay. Our kitchen committee puts on a great spread with something for everyone.
We honor congregants and Jewish community members weekly by asking them to come up to the Torah for an Aliyah. Here are two useful links, if you wish to practice the words to the blessings in transliterated form.
Blessing Before Torah – Transliteration
Blessing After The Torah – Transliteration
Holidays And Festivals
All holidays and festivals are celebrated with traditional services and family oriented events.
We gather for weekday prayers at the following times:
Tuesdays at 5:45pm
Fridays at 7:30am (shacharit followed by breakfast and Talmud study)
Sundays 10:00am (when Religious School is in session)
(We do not always have a minyan on weekdays, so if you need to say kaddish, please contact the office in advance so we can gather additional members.)
We gather as a community for shiva minyanim to support families who have recently lost a loved one. These minyanim are held in the homes of the bereaved or at the synagogue. The schedules for shiva minyanim are announced through congregational emails and on the calendar as needed.