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A Unique Opportunity to Preserve Our Jewish Heritage


After 136 years as Vermont’s oldest functioning synagogue, the Red Brick Synagogue on Archibald Street in Burlington’s Old North End was sold in June, 2023 to a buyer to be converted into a commercial enterprise.

A group of community members have teamed up to retain and preserve the building’s significant artifacts.

Phase 1 Work

Master craftsman Ray O’Connor has been hired to extract the treasures, including the exquisite (one-of-a-kind) copper ark, parapets, pulpit, bimah rails, Ner Tamid, and memorial plaques. The ark will be erected in OZ’s small sanctuary by December 2023 when there will be a “unveiling” event.

Vision: A Museum

We envision developing a world class museum featuring the Lost Mural and the copper ark (recreating the experience of being in the Red Brick Synagogue) as well as sharing the history of our region’s immigrant history and the story of “Little Jerusalem,” Burlington’s thriving Jewish community of the early 1900s.

Urgent Help is Needed

Please Give: 

We must raise $30,000 to cover Phase 1 expenses for reinstalling the ark in OZ’s Saiger-Samuelson small sanctuary and storing the other ‘treasures.’ Please join us in this extraordinary undertaking and donate. More funds will be needed later.  Donations can be made here or by sending a check to OZ at 118 North Prospect Street, Burlington VT 05401.  (Please specify Red Brick Synagogue Project).

Please Volunteer:

We have a variety of volunteer needs. Express interest here.






Please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation now.
If you have an account, please log in at the top right of this page. 
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If you would like to send a check, please fill out the form here, choose the payment option called 'Bill to my Account" and mail your check to Ohavi Zedek Synagogue 188 N. Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Please specify the Little Red Brick Synagogue Conservation Project on your check. 100% of all donations will go to this project.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to e-mail Jeff Potash ( or Shanna Ratner (former President of Ruach HaMaqom synagogue at

You can pay by credit card on the next page.

Logged in account holders can also pay by ach or mail.

For mailing a check, select 'Bill My Account' on the next page; and mail payment to:

Bill Miller, Treasurer
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

To donate stock: Select 'Bill My Account' on the next page and email the office with details.

For questions or to set up an account, please contact
Sophie in our office or OZ's president, Jeff.


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