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Ruach HaMaqom

Contact information [email protected] 802.236.0735

Rabbi Jan Salzman, [email protected]; 802.356.1668


Mission Statement - Ruach haMaqom provides opportunity for diverse faith traditions to come together in loving community and become a beacon for the healing of our world.

Organization Description - Ruach haMaqom is the first Jewish Renewal congregation in Vermont. Jewish Renewal is a post-denominational form of Judaism that emerged in America in the 1960’s. Renewal combines the joy of traditional Hasidism, the open-mindedness and creativity of the Havurah movement, the socially progressive values of egalitarianism, and the inter-faith dialogue that is the model for contemporary spirituality.

Over a century old, our sanctuary is the oldest synagog in Vermont, stunningly gorgeous, and a historically significant piece of architecture. The sanctuary is located in the heart of the Old North End in Burlington Vermont.  This neighborhood was known as “Little Jerusalem” in the early 20th century. Learn more about our sanctuary and Little Jerusalem in this Vermont PBS documentary.

While channeling an ancient past, Congregation Ruach haMaqom forges the future of an engaged Judaism.  What does the future of your spiritual life look like? Join us and we’ll support you in your ever-evolving and fruitful journey.

Congregation Ruach haMaqom 168 Archibald St. Burlington, VT 05401


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PJ OurWay

PJ OurWay

What is PJ Our Way?



PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 8½-11 – books that they choose themselves!
Monthly Choice

Every month, from the 1st – 10th, kids visit this website to choose a book from a selection of four high-quality titles that have been reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents, and kids. That's 12 free books a year! To make the choice easier, every title offered comes with a synopsis and author bios, ratings and reviews, and video trailers. Kids can also take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, and comment on blog posts.
Parent Input

On the Parent Blog, parents are invited to read about each book and find suggestions for family conversations. These blog posts give parents tools to help children make book choices that are appropriate for them.
A Safe Website

The PJ Our Way website is a safe place where kids can choose books, write reviews, and share ideas with others from around the country. All content on the website is moderated by PJ educators.
Design Team

Every fall, members of PJ Our Way may apply to be part of our national Design Team. Design Team members have early access to PJ Our Way books and create videos and reviews for the website. To become more involved with writing reviews and blogs, connect with us at [email protected]
Book Selection
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