Ofarim (2nd-4th graders)
Upcoming events:

Annual Hamantschen Making Event  

Sunday February 19


The annual hamantaschen making event is always a lot of fun.  We will be making hamantaschen for the OZ Purim party and misloah manot bags which are delivered to elders and others in our community.  Each participant will also get some to bring home.  Light lunch will be served for those staying after OZ Hebrew School.  We will also play some games led by the mazkirut, our teen board.  

Parent help is needed for this event.  Please let us know if you can help out.

Location: Ohavi Zedek 188 North Prospect St Burlington.

RSVP to Amy May amyesthermay@gmail.com 978-995-5679

Some past fun!


Sunday, Sept 6th, We had a picnic lunch a fun hayride and lots of fun picking and eating apples and honey for the new year at Adams Apple Orchard in Williston and donated apples to the Burlington Food Shelf.

Sunday, Dec 13th, Ofarim made their very own Chocolate Gelt in the OZ kitchen!  So much fun!

Sunday, March, 6th, The exciting hamantaschen event was a blast for everyone! It began with a delicious bagel brunch which we all enjoyed. Then, an awesome scavenger hunt game took place which included Purim trivia, fun games, and many other cool challenges. After that, the yummy hamantaschen making began! From chocolate to apricot and even more flavors, the hamantaschen turned out great. To wrap up the event, numerous goodie bags of these treats were taken home for friends and family to enjoy.


September 21st-
We had an absolutely wonderful day picking apples at Shelburne Orchards  and making some
scrumptious apple pies the Ten Stones Community Center.  We  donated about 10 apples pies to the Ronald McDonald house, a home away from home for families with children being treated at Fletcher Allen Hospital.   Of course we got to eat some too!  YUM!!!

November 16th- We had a wonderful day  making terrariums (great gifts for the holidays).  We read the book “Bag in the Wind” by Ted Kooser and had a discussion on recycling and how one person's actions can affect the whole world.

Dec, 14th, Ice skating at Cairnes Arena!

Feb 8th, Lots of baking at our annual Hamentashen making event.
A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who helped make this an record breaking Purim Hamantaschen Making Community Event!  I think we made over 2,000 hamantashen and got misloach manot bags to friends and neighbors in our communities.

June 14th, Walk for Animals with the Humane Society


October 6th,  We made a splash swimming and sliding at the Sports and Fitness Edge in Essex. 

November 17th, We had a wonderful time bowling at Champlain Lanes! 

Dec 22nd. We all had so much fun climbing and bouldering at Petra Cliffs.

March 9th, Sunday A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who helped make this an record breaking Purim Hamantaschen Making Community Event!  I think we made over 2,000 hamantashen and got misloach manot bags to friends and neighbors in our communities.  We had a wonderful time making and baking and putting OZ'a  wonderful new kitchen through it's paces.

May 25th, Sunday, fun hike up Buck Mountain.


September 9th - We had a great turnout for our first event at Red Rocks Park.  There were 14 Ofarim and 3 older kids helping out.  An Ofarim record.  We had two types of scavenger hunts, one where we found small items hiding around the rocks and another where we had to find different that belonged or lived in the park?  We ended our adventure with a story and a cake to celebrate the birthday of the world. Thanks to everyone for helping and especially our helpers Maya and Lily Brown and Seth Jolle.

November 11th -Boy what a crowd we were, and what fun we had  Bowling at Spare Time in Colchester.

Dec 15, We had a great Chanukah celebration with Tsofim at Temple Sinai.  Lots of latkas and holiday fun. What a great way to celebrate Chanukah!

February 17th  Thank you everyone for the amazing baking extravaganza.  We made close to 2000 hamantashen.  Many were made into misloach manot (purim gift) bags and are being delivered and enjoyed by the  homebound in our community!  What a way to have fun and do a good dead too. An amazing community effort. 

September 18, 12:30pm - 2 :30 pm.  We had a fun Rosh Hashannah Treasure Hunt at Shelburne Orchards, picked some apples that we donated to the Burlington Food shelf
, had fun getting to know one another and played  some games and all shared some apples and honey to celebrate the new year.
December 10-11th, Hanukkah overnight at Temple Sinai.  What a great time we had at the overnight, looking for stars, havdallah, lighting the menorah, latkes, draidle, PJ fashion show and Hanukkah stories.  All our favorite holiday traditions.  It was great! 
 19th, Sunday, Annual Hamantaschen Baking event at OZ

We all had a wonderful time at the annual Young Judaea Purim Hamantaschen Baking
Event.  We'll made and baked Hamantaschen and made Mishloach Manot (purim gift bags) that were delivered to home bound adults in our community and even got to take some home for ourselves as well.  
* Thank you everyone for the great community support!  We couldn't have done it without you.

April 15th, Sunday, We took part in the Kids4Peace, Walk4Peace.  We'll met at Fletcher Free Library, and made peace posters  that we brought with us to the walk and we learn a little about Israel before walking for peace  and understanding in the Kids4Peace, Walk4Peace.  We  finished up at Ben and Jerry's and had some delicious ice cream.

August 29th, Sunday, 11am until 3pm -For our first event this year we went to  Shelburne Farms.  We had fun playing with the animals, learning about the farm and getting to know about each other.

Sept 26th, Sunday, 1-3 pm, We had fun at the UVM and Hillet Sukkah's playing games eating, decorating for the holiday and hearing Sukkot stories.

October 24th, Sunday, 1:30-3:30, We enjoyed a special tour of the Lake Champlain Chocolate factory on Pine Street! We learned all about the kosher ingredients used in this yummy chocolate and got to sample all different types of chocolate too while we were there! A HUGE thanks to Gary Coffey and Barrie Silver for giving us such a fun day at the chocolate factory!

November 7th, Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 - What an interesting and fun day leaning about the Jewish value of "tsa'ar baaley chayim" guarding against causing pain to animals. We'll visited Marv Greenberg's veterinary practice in Hinesburg. Marv showed us around and talked to us about the connections between his work caring for animals and Jewish values. We'll also had fun playing some games and eating pizza. Thank you Marv Greenberg!

December 4th-5th - We celebrated Hanukkah with our annual Hannukah overnight at Temple Sinai.  We played spin the dreidle and had lots of yummy latkes and a fun pajama fashion show.

January 23rd -We had fun  ice skating at Cairns arena. We  also learned  about Tu B'Shvat, the holiday for nature.

February 13th, Sunday, 1-3:30 pm - Sledding Adventure! at Sleepy Hollow 

March 13, Sunday. We made over 1,600 hamantaschen at our annual Hamantaschen making  event this year and had a lot of fun doing it. It was great to have so many participants from 2nd grade up working and having fun together.  A great big thank you to all our parent and community volunteers who helped make this a spectacular event. I think there were 60 or so of us busily at work making, baking and creating  mishloach manot (Purim gift bags) that Bogrim and community volunteers delivered to home bound adults in our community and their families and friends.  A great big thank you to Kathy Guevara for all her help making 11 batches of dough for us, running the ovens and all her work in the kitchen!
April 10th, 12:30- 3:30 We had a great time celebrating Passover at Chabad and helping raise funds and  awareness for Kids4Peace camp at the annual WALK4PEACE! 

Melanie Needle

Melanie Needle is a New Jersey native and has called VT home since 2003.  She is super enthusiastic to be part of the Young Judaea community. Melanie makes 10 lbs of latkes every Chanukah and loves sharing Jewish holiday traditions with Vermont friends when traveling back home to NJ is just not possible. She hopes to become a Bat Mitzvah as an adult and wants to learn how to play Mah Jong.  Her favorite Jewish children's book is "Five Little Gefilte's and she still has the Passover Seder plate she made in Jewish preschool. She loves using Yiddish words daily and enjoys exploring what it means to be Jewish with her kids.