Ohavay Zion Synagogue

2048 Edgewater Court
Lexington, KY 40502

P: 859.266.8050
F: 859.268.3357

Rabbi Moshe Smolkin


Kathy Grossman, President kathygrossman@gmail.com


“Learn Torah, Live Torah, Pass it on with Love”

Ohavay Zion Synagogue (OZS) is an egalitarian Conservative congregation in affiliation with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

OZS is a welcoming and active congregation which holds events and activties for everyone as they strive to be a Beit Keneset (house of gathering), Beit Midrash (house of learning), and Beit Tefilah (house of prayer).


Regular Service Times:

  • Minyan on Tuesday afternoons at 5:45 pm.
  • Friday evening rotating Kabbalat Shabbat services at 5:45 pm.  Check OZS website for more details.
  • Shabbat services are held every Saturday morning at 9:30 am. Kiddush lunch follows services.​

Gan Shalom Preschool

Contact: Amy Howe

Since 1998, Gan Shalom, Ohavay Zion Synagogue’s early childhood program, has been offering Lexington families an intimate, nurturing environment, making the first school experience an overwhelmingly positive one.  Our primary goal is to provide quality care and education.  We are STARS-rated and offer children ages 12 months through 5 years a stimulating, age-appropriate setting that supports and prepares them for a life-long love of learning.

OZS Religious School

Website: http://www.ozs.org/education/religious-school/

Contact: Ilona Szekely, Education Director
Email: ozseducation@yahoo.com

It is our mission at the OZS Religious School to help our students wear their Jewish identity comfortably, both in Kentucky and around the world.  Our goal is to foster in our students a love of Jewish learning that will continue throughout their lives.

Our school meets on Sundays for students beginning at the age of 4 through high school years.  Our teachers are committed to fostering the spiritual, social, and academic growth of all our students.  We also have an outstanding Hebrew program on Tuesday afternoons and Sunday mornings, with additional classes for Dalet (6th grade) and B’nai Mitzvah (7th grade) on Thursday afternoons.  With regular attendance at our warm and spirited services, our students become proficient in reading and understanding Hebrew prayers, and become fully participatory in evening and morning Shabbat services.