The Jackson Kol 
 The Jackson Hole Jewish Community 
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       8 Kislev, 
36th Annual
Chanukah Party
6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19
E. Leaven Food Co. 
175 Center St. just off the Jackson Town Square
Suggested Donation (pay what you can) $10 adults/$5 kids

Join members and friends of the JHJC in our annual bash. Potluck, please bring a main dish or side dish to share (main dishes encouraged) Latkes, dessert, wine and drinks provided. Kids activities, food and music!  LAST CHANCE TO PICK UP CHANUKAH GELT!

with Judd Grossman
Fri, Dec. 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
JHJC Center
See calendar for details

 Here's what kept us busy in 2014

Launched our beautiful new website Provided recordings of our live music and commentary on our website Donated money to FIVE local nonprofits Soup Shabbat Challah Shabbat Bet Sefer led Shabbat BBQ Shabbat Candlelight Shabbat Shabbats and Holidays featuring guest musicians Shabbat Dinners @ the JHJC Center Hosted visiting rabbis Presented Holocaust survivor Madga Brown free public talk *  Provided Holocaust survivor Magda Brown to speak at the JH Middle School Presented peace activist and negotiator Gershon Baskin's free public talk and workshops to the schools  *  Prepared two meals at the Good Samaritan Mission Offered Conversational Hebrew Classes Presented Israel Travel Stories by JHJC Members Presided over three B'nei Mitzvah Sponsored Dancers' Workshop/Gallim Contemporary Dance Sponsored Yo, Miss with Bob Berky and Judith Sloan Sponsored Dancers' Workshop upcoming commissioned work with Bill T. Jones/Arny Zane Dance Co. * Collaborated with the Wyoming Humanities Council, JH Community School, Journeys School, Jackson Whole Grocer, local chefs and more Presented Make Hummus, Not War film and hummus competition *  Hosted AIPAC meetings Hosted Volunteers for Israel Bet Sefer Hebrew School J-Play Sunday pre-school Community Passover Seder Bet Sefer Chocolate Seder Tzedakah hospital and home visits for local members in need * Chanukah Awareness Event * Community Chanukah Party  * Bet Sefer Mountain Chai Chanukah Gelt Fundraiser Community Sukkot celebration Community Simchat Torah celebrationTwo-Week Summer Camp Chinese New Year party at ChinatownHigh Holiday Services Became official Adopt-a-Highway sponsors Two Mitzvah Day community clean-up projects Hosted local interfaith meeting at the JHJC Center Swingin' Sabbath with the Richard Brown Ochestra ... Did we forget anything?  
Look forward to more celebrations, interesting events and community collaborations in 2015. 
Last Chance to Order Mountain Chai Chanukah Gelt!
Pick up on either Thursday Dec. 11 or Dec. 19. 
See Calendar.
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end-of-year giving.  
Keeping up with Uncle Moishe 
By Al Zuckerman  

Uncle Moishe and my Aunt went to their son's place out on Long Island for Rosh HaShanah, which kind of shocked me because they always go to their Shul in the Bronx for the High Holidays. He did say though, that they were back on their home turf for Yom Kippur. I kidded him that he was getting a little wild in his old age. To which he replied, "Nu, what better way to observe the new year then with family". Okay then, don't try to kid a kidder. 

Anyway, Unc commented that his son Barry's synagogue had a woman Rabbi which, of course, Unc harrumphed at and amused my Aunt to no end. During the Rabbi's sermon she told a story to illustrate that there were always different ways to overcome obstacles in life. Uncle Moishe, at the noodging of my Aunt, who I could hear through the phone laughing loudly in the background, reluctantly related to me the story the Rabbi told. It seems Joseph, Abe and David were hiking in the wilderness when they came across a mighty, raging torrent of a river which they had to cross to continue their trek. So Joseph prayed, "Please G-d give me the strength to cross this river." Poof! G-d gave Joseph strong legs and arms and he was able to swim across the river although he almost drowned several times. Seeing this David prayed, "Please G-d, give me the strength and the tools to cross this mighty river". Poof! G-d gave David a rowboat and he too was able to cross the river after nearly capsizing a couple of times. Abe had watched how things had worked out for the others and so he also prayed, " Please G-d, give me the tools and intelligence to cross this terrible river". Poof! G-d turned Abe into a woman and gave her a map. She looked at the map, hiked upstream a couple of hundred yards and then walked across a bridge. Unc said he could still feel where my Aunt had elbowed him in the side when the Rabbi told this story.  

Upcoming Events in December
  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 
    If you have not been contacted by a Bet Sefer student, no worries, shoot us an email ASAP with your order/s:
  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 5 - 6 p.m. Chanukah Awareness Night
    Come down to Betty Rock and enjoy some latkes, Chanukah songs and stories presented by our Bet Sefer students. Please plan to pick up your order/s of Mtn. Chai Chanukah Gelt at this time. Everyone invited, bring a friend! Betty Rock Cafe, Jackson. 
  • Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. Winter Shabbat with Judd Grossman. Winter has arrived, power down and spend an evening of song and prayer with friends and members of the JHJC. Bring an appetizer to share for oneg. Wine and challah provided. JHJC Center, 150 Scott Lane. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. JPlay Sunday Pre-School. Chanukah! Make keepsake menorahs just in time for Chanukah. JHJC Center, 150 Scott Lane. 
  • Friday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. 36th Annual Chanukah Party. Includes latkes and fixins', drinks and dessert. Please bring a main dish or side dish to share. Main dishes encouraged. Kids activities offered. E. Leaven Food Co. $10 suggested donation, pay what you can. Pick up remaining orders of Chanukah Gelt. 175 Center Street, just north of the Town Square.
  • Thursday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 NO BET SEFER CLASSES
Scenes From November 2014
Check out more of our photos and videos from all the cool events we do on our Facebook page "Jackson Hole Jews"

Gershon Baskin visit
Renowned Israeli activist and negotiator Gershon Baskin speaks to a full house at the Black Box Theatre at the Center for the Arts in November.
Gershon Baskin speaks to the JH Community School and Journeys School

Candlelight Shabbat

Shabbat Dinner
Visiting Rabbi James Greene gives d'rash at dinner.



Many Thanks
  • Al and Charlene Zuckerman  for donating a new vacuum to the JHJC. 

  • Josh Kleyman and Judd Grossman for leading our first Candlelight Shabbat, it was fantastic!
  • Mike and Barb Scher for helping with Gershon Baskin events. 
  • To Isaac Grossman for helping with the Gershon Baskin public talk refreshment stand.
  • Everyone who brought food for Candlelight Shabbat oneg or the Shabbat Dinner.  
  • Christine Schuller for making challah for Shabbat Dinner.

Get Well Soon

  • Keep David Goldfarb in your thoughts.
  • Sean Baker is recovering from shoulder surgery. 


Send your Mazel Tovs, Condolences, Kol HaKavods, Get Wells and photos of your 

Jewish Pets to:


2014 Board of Directors

Al Zuckerman, President

Josh Kleyman, Vice Pres.

Andy King, Treasurer

Amy Aronowitz Baker

Andrea Mazer

Mike Scher

Steve Zelikovitz

Mary Grossman, Exec. Dir.

For more than 40 years, the  Jackson Hole Jewish Community Center has welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds who share a love for Jackson Hole and Judaism. We are independent, unaffiliated and inclusive. All are welcome to Jackson Hole's oldest Jewish congregation,  no matter his or her level of Jewish observance.


The Jackson Hole Jewish Community is committed to creating a diverse Jewish presence that unites us, celebrates our faith, and promotes tolerance in the greater Jackson Hole community. We strive to engage all families and individuals in spirituality, education, tzadakah, and the joys of Jewish life.


Membership to the JHJC 

For more than 40 years, the Jackson Hole Jewish Community has welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds who share a love for Jackson Hole and Judaism. We are independent, unaffiliated and inclusive. All are welcome to Jackson Hole's oldest Jewish congregation, no matter his or her level of Jewish observance.


The Jackson Hole Jewish Community is committed to creating a diverse Jewish presence that unites us, celebrates our faith, and promotes tolerance in the greater Jackson Hole community. We strive to engage all families and individuals in spirituality, education, tzadakah, and the joys of Jewish life.


No minimum payment required, pay what you can. 

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Jackson Hole Jewish Community 
Physical Address: 150 Scott Lane, Jackson, WY 83002
Mailing Address: Box 10667, Jackson, WY 83002