Havurah- The Addison County Jewish Congregation


Contact information – hheddirector@gmail.com

Hannah Benz, membership inquiries – hannahbbenz@gmail.com

Rabbi Ira Schiffer, Education Director- (802) 443-5762 or ischiffe@middlebury.edu

For notification of events, subscribe to “Oymail” (our email list) by sending an email to: havurahmailsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Organization Description – Havurah is an inclusive, non-denominational Jewish community, currently consisting of approximately 60 individual members and families. As the only Jewish congregation in the rural 80-mile stretch between Rutland and South Burlington, Vermont, Havurah provides the Jewish population in and around Addison County with opportunities for Jewish education, traditional and spiritual engagement, and organized tzedakah efforts.

Because our community comprises a rich diversity of Jewish backgrounds and education, our volunteer-driven, lay-led congregation creates Jewish experiences that are both traditional and unique.

Our regular Shabbat services are conducted by Havurah members or, once monthly, by the Hebrew School faculty and students. Each year we co-sponsor High Holiday Services with Middlebury College. Rabbi Ira Schiffer, who also serves as Associate Chaplain and Hillel advisor of Middlebury College, directs our weekly Hebrew School. We are unaffiliated, leaning toward the Reform & Reconstructionist traditions.

Havurah House, our home on North Pleasant Street (Route 7) in Middlebury, was generously donated to Havurah by the Lazarus family, and renovated with funds raised from the membership. It is now a fully functioning house of prayer, study, and celebration, with classroom space to serve our rapidly growing Hebrew School, a sanctuary, and a social hall, which accommodates our larger events.

Visit www.havurahaddisoncounty.org or find us on Facebook!

56 North Pleasant St., P.O. Box 823, Middlebury, VT 05753