Rabbi Search

We Seek A Vibrant Rabbi

To lead Ohavay Zion Synagogue in our mission to:
Learn Torah, Live Torah, and Pass it on with Love

In the heart of the Bluegrass State, being part of a Jewish congregation is a vital touchstone to maintaining Jewish identity and community. Just over a century ago, an immigrant from Pushelot, Lithuania settled here and gathered friends and family to form a Jewish congregation. Over the years, Ohavay Zion has seen changes in location, demographics, leadership, and practice but the heart of the congregation has always been one of sustaining Judaism and passing it on to future generations in our home of Lexington, Kentucky.

Lexington is a thriving and increasingly diverse city with the University of Kentucky and a flourishing downtown at its core. Here, opportunities abound for engagement with the arts, sports, civic clubs, outdoor exploration, and lifelong learning. Jews from a wide diversity of professional disciplines land here for work and study, often finding Ohavay Zion Synagogue in their search for community.

Today, Ohavay Zion is in a moment of transition. As our beloved rabbi chose to move on, we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the strengths and values of our congregation and also on the qualities we hope for in our next rabbi. Our deep bench of extraordinary congregants has stepped up to read Torah, daven, write drashes, teach classes, console the bereaved, and care for those in need. Since March 2020, we have creatively sustained community in all these ways while safely distanced.  And yet, we agree that having a rabbi is essential to filling various roles that our kehillah most needs. When surveyed, our congregants focused our search to candidates who identify strongly as a teacher, pastor, worship leader, and community builder.

If leading a small, thriving congregation, complete with a few niggunim going all the way back to Pushelot, Lithuania and a strong desire to work together for a vibrant future in Lexington, Kentucky piques your interest, then please give us the opportunity to share the heart of Ohavay Zion Synagogue with you.

Please direct inquiries to:
Beth Goldstein – bethg@uky.edu or Cindy Derer – cderer1001@aol.com