About us

Havurah of Addison County is an inclusive, non-denominational Jewish community serving Vermont towns between Burlington and Rutland including Middlebury, Addison, Waltham, Bristol, Cornwall, Brandon, Bridport, and beyond.Havurah House sketch

Havurah consists of approximately 80 individual members and families. We are unaffiliated, leaning toward the Reform & Reconstructionist traditions. 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 and holiday 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.

Our home is Havurah House, located at 56 North Pleasant Street (Route 7) in Middlebury. The house 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.