Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Friday & Saturday, March 16-17 - UVM Hillel Shabbaton at JCOGS
  • Saturday, March 17, 3 p.m. - Yoskowitz Brit Bat at JCOGS, reception immediately follows at family home. Email here for directions & to RSVP.
  • Sunday, March 18, 1:30 p.m. - Link/Fainsilber Brit Ben & reception. Please RSVP.
  • Monday & Tuesday, March 19 & 20, at 2 p.m. - Documentary Film - please note the date change.
  • Friday, March 23, 6 p.m - Musical Shabbat & Enhanced Oneg with Rabbi Michal
  • Friday, March 30 - No Shabbat services due to first Seder night of Passover.
  • Saturday, March 31 - Passover with Rabbi David. 3:30 - 5 p.m. Passover Fun for Young Families, 5:30 p.m. Multi-generational Seder. RSVP NOW for best pricing.
  • JCOGS - Committee Involvement Request
  • Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World Opportunities
  • Other Area Events
JCOGS' Fourth-Annual UVM Hillel Food Justice Shabbaton, led by guest rabbinical student Yael Werber
Friday, March 16, 6 p.m. Shabbat services & veg potluck
Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. service, Torah study followed by veg potluck
Students from UVM Hillel will embark on a week-long service trip themed around Food Justice in Vermont. Join these students at JCOGS for Food Justice-themed Shabbat services Friday night and Saturday morning and plenty of good food!

Change in Saturday location: Both events will be held at JCOGS.

Special this year: Guest clergy Yael Werber, with her rich experience in sustainable farming and food practices, will lead this spectacular Shabbaton. Yael is excited to be at Hebrew College in the first year of the Rabbinical program. Prior to moving to the Boston area, she spent three and a half years living in Vermont and loving it! Over the past few years, she has done organic, sustainable farming as an Adamah program fellow, written a children's book ("Spring for Sophie," published February 2017), and worked in Vermont restaurants and farmers' markets (for Elmore Roots Nursery). She also loves a good adventure and spent last summer living in a tent in Hawaii. She's hoping Rabbinical school will be at least as good of an adventure, if not more. Her dedication to food justice is one reason why she is looking forward to joining JCOGS and UVM Hillel students for this Shabbaton of learning and prayer.
''Heritage: Civilization and the Jews''
please note: NEW DATE
Monday, March 19 & Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m.
JCOGS' Arts and Education Committee presents the award winning documentary: “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews.”

Winner of the coveted Peabody Award, “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews” is the monumental series spanning three millennia of Jewish history. The series is hosted by former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Abba Eban, who describes it as "a celebration of our common humanistic and moral heritage, explored through the mysteries of preservation, renewal and resonance of the Jewish people." A renowned author and scholar, Eban explores fascinating and captivating Jewish culture and civilization. The series chronicles the emergence of a Jewish identity based on ideas, not territory, and the intellectual interaction between the Jewish world and classical Greece and Rome. “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews” brings to life the long and complex history of the Jews and their interaction with the rest of Western civilization.

This multi-day event is free, accessible, and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
Yoskowitz Brit Bat
Saturday, March 18, 3 p.m.
Please join in welcoming a new baby to our extended JCOGS family, as we celebrate with the overjoyed parents Matt and Katie Yoskowitz and "big" brother Daniel. Brynn Rose burst forth into this world on Thursday, March 8, on the 22nd of this joyful month of Adar.
We will gather together for her Brit Bat on Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m., the covenant of a daughter, to bring her into the covenant of the Jewish people and to offer her a Hebrew name. Following the service at JCOGS, the family invites you to their home for a reception. Please contact to RSVP and for directions.

Mazel tov to Matt, Katie and Daniel! And B'rucha Haba'ah, welcome little one! Your entire community celebrates your presence in our community and in this world.
Link/Fainsilber Brit Ben
Sunday, March 19, 1:30 p.m.
Please RSVP
With much love and gratitude, we share with you the newest addition to our Rabbi's family and community. A new “link” has been added to the chain! He was lovingly welcomed into the world at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018, the 24 th  of Adar, 5778. All are healthy and happy.
Weighing in at 7 pounds 9 ounces, with a length of 20 ½ inches, he is a sweet gift to the world -- a calm, balanced presence after the intensity of labour. And he is already charting his own course by celebrating his birthday two days before March 13, the day his big brothers, Adar and Yonah, share a birthday.
On Sunday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m., we will gather together for his Brit Ben, the covenant of a son, to bring him into covenant with the Jewish people and world, and to offer him a name. A reception will follow the bris, all taking place at JCOGS. Please let us know if you can join in our simcha at .
Our little one has all that he could possibly need. If you really feel the urge to give, please make a donation to JCOGS in his honour.
We are so happy to share this miracle moment of joy with all of you, as our community continues to grow, l’dor vador. Baruch Ha’ba, welcome little one!
Musical Shabbat and Enhanced Oneg
with Rabbi Michal
Friday, March 23, 6 p.m.
Rabbi Michal Woll is a rabbi, liturgist, musician, and pastoral counselor. She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and has served congregations in Vermont and Michigan. She is currently serving as the rabbi at Congregation Shir Hadash, a Reconstuctionist affiliated congregation, in Milwaukee, Wis. Michal has a passion for teaching and creating ritual, as well as a deep appreciation of Judaism as both a communal identity and transformative, spiritual path. She and her family live in Shorewood, Wis.

Come early and stay late! Every Shabbat you are invited to join us for a glass of wine at 5:30 p.m. before services; and stay afterward for our enhanced oneg. 
The Second Night of Passover at JCOGS with Rabbi David SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018,
3:30 - 5 p.m. Passover Fun for Young Families
5:30 Multi-generational Seder
All are invited!
Please RSVP here NOW for the best pricing. Prices go up March 20.

Passover Fun for Young Families
3:30 to 5 p.m.
for children ages 0-7 and their families.
Come play hide-and-seek with Pharaoh, find out what it's like to cross the Red Sea, move and sing, and taste delicious ritual foods from our favorite experiential holiday. This event is free.
Multi-generational Seder
5:30 p.m.
for older children (ages 8-13), elders, and everyone in between.
All are encouraged to attend this interactive, participatory, and delicious seder, catered by Vermont Kosher. Special programming for older children will be provided, as well as child-minding for younger children.

Please RSVP here NOW for the best pricing. Prices go up March 20.
Film of the Met's Opera, Eugene Onegin,
April 8, 2 p.m.
On April 8 at 2:00 p.m. Stowe Area Opera Lovers, in collaboration with JCOGS, will present a film of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 Production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin,  starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renée Fleming, and Ramón Vargas. 

In a review entitled “Star Power, Charisma, and Ardor in Onegin,” New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini had high praise for this production: “You will seldom see better acting in opera than the scenes between Ms. Fleming and Mr. Hvorostovsky.” Please click here for the full review.

Many of you are aware that Mr. Hvorostovsky tragically passed away this past November following several months in which he battled brain cancer. He was a remarkably talented opera singer who will be greatly missed.

The run time is 156 minutes. Refreshments will be served after the film.
Committee Involvement Request
Our committees are behind everything we do here at JCOGS, and we want you to become involved. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact Emily at . Whether you are a full-time Vermont resident or here part-time, we can find the spot that best suits your talents and interests.
JCOGS, The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition,
along with members of our Lamoille Valley community have come together to find a
permanent home for the shelter. The "Yellow House" in Hyde Park began hosting the shelter 7 nights a week on March 1. Volunteers will be needed for the following: Overnight Volunteers, Dinners and Breakfasts, Evening and Morning Helpers, Clean-up assistance. The most important need is for overnight volunteers. To sign up for food offerings or shorter shifts, it's as simple as signing up here: For overnight volunteers, please contact or Jacquie Mauer directly at 802-324-5518. If you
would like to make a donation, please send it to St. John's in the Mountains Episcopal Church (Memo: Winter Shelter), PO Box 1175, Stowe, VT 05672 or drop it off at the church at 1194 Mountain Road.
Other Area Events
Shugar and Shmooze: Festival o f Jo y Sunday March 25th 2-5 pm
Parking at 307 Rt. 100B, Moretown, VT
$5 Suggested Donation 
Shugar and Shmooze celebrates the return of spring and reminds us that JOY and HOPE are a choice we make everyday!  Join us in our sugarbush for an afternoon of sap tasting, games, theatre and crafts.  In our transition between the Jewish months of Adar and Nissan we transform our ancestral teachings of Joy into what it means to be free. There will be maple syrup and crafts for sale and maps available to explore the 5K skiing and hiking trails on our property.  
Please be prepared for a 1/4 mile hike to our sugar bush through muddy or snowy trail.  Questions email Stacey at
Tallit - Weaving The Jewish Prayer Shawl with Joyce Kahn
Marshfield School of Weaving:
              April 9-13, 2018 $750
Join us at Marshfield School of Weaving for a weeklong weaving intensive of making a tallit. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Joyce Kahn, , or Kate Smith, , of the Marshfield School of Weaving, Marshfield VT.
You may be able to do this as a beginner!!!
Thursday, April 12, 2018
UVM Center for Holocaust Studies
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
University of Vermont
Waterman Bldg - Room 338 (Memorial Lounge)
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