Are there local Jewish organizations outside the University to attend for services, events, and more?

Absolutely. There are two congregations in Lexington as well as a havurah.  Hillel at times schedules Shabbats or holidays to attend services and events at the different congregations, but students are well received and welcomed at anytime.

Ohavay Zion Synagogue is Lexington’s Conservative congregation.  A number of college students are active in the Young OZS-ers.  This congregation is led by Rabbi Moshe Smolkin who can be reached at  You can also find out more information about this congregation on the web at

Temple Adath Israel is Lexington’s Reform congregation.  You can find their calendar and more at  Graduate students will find a vibrant young professional community with their Generation TAI group.

The Lexington Havurah holds regular Shabbat and Holiday services in members’ homes for an intimate community.

Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass is the central planning, service provider, and fundraising body for the Jewish community of Central Kentucky.  The Federation also coordinates a group called Young Bluegrass Jews for Jews in their 20s and 30s.  For more information contact Daniel Baker at

Stanley Rose Lodge #289 of Bnai Brith is a community service organization for Jewish men and women. The local lodge of Bnai Brith has been in existence in Lexington for over 150 years.  Currently they are active in supporting Hillel on the UK campus and sponsoring a biannual ADL speaker for the Jewish community.  For more information contact Abe Rabiner at A.RABINER@INSIGHBB.COM or Leon Cooper at LEON@QEDISIT.COM.