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Last year, JCOGS joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign in support of refugees and asylum seekers. In the face of heartbreaking news about family separation and families seeking asylum, it is critical that we stand up and be heard. Even if the most immediate crisis is resolved, we have a long way to go in assisting and protecting these vulnerable people. We can all do something to help repair the world. These are some of the many ways that you can help. 

Sign Petitions - HIAS has a petition ( ) addressed to Jeff Sessions urging him to preserve our asylum system. A Declaration of Moral Emergency by the Jewish Community is being circulated by Bend the Arc: Jewish Action ( ). Both of these are a just a click away.

Demonstrate - Attend demonstrations in support of families seeking asylum and against separating these families. Upcoming local demonstrations include the following: in front of The Whip in Stowe at 5 pm on Friday, June 22; at the State House in Montpelier at 6 pm on Monday, June 25 and in Burlington at 10 am on Saturday, June 30 (see for more info).

Donate - Many organizations can use our skills and our funds. HIAS has more ways that we can help at . Some other organizations include: 

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) - protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney:

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project - providing asylum seekers with legal aid and community support across the country :
Memorial Service for Steve Nachman
Thursday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.
Longtime JCOGS member Steve Nachman, 87, passed away on Dec. 5, 2017. A memorial service for Steve will be held at JCOGS on Thursday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m. All are invited.

We hope that those who are so moved will come to his memorial service and join his family in celebrating his life together with our JCOGS community. May his memory forever be for a blessing.
Welcome The Summer Dinner & Musical Shabbaton
with Rabbis David, Arielle, and Micah
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. Musical Shabbat Service
7:30 p.m. Vermont Kosher Catered Dinner
Saturday, June 23
4 - 6 p.m. Backyard Concert at Rabbi David and Alison's Home
Another Exceptional Musical Shabbaton with special guests and Rabbi David
Friday and Saturday, June 22-23

By popular demand, we welcome back Rabbis Arielle Rosenberg and Micah Shapiro to our congregation. In collaboratio n with Ra bbi David, these three musical rabbis have been hard at work on some musical recordings that will knock your socks off when released. 

On Friday night at 6 p.m. , Rabbis David, Arielle, and Micah will lead a spiritually uplifting service at JCOGS. RSVP today for this one of-a-kind service, followed by a catered meal with Vermont Kosher presented by the Shalom Committee.

Cost for the meal is $18 per person, free for children age 12 and under. To RSVP: Click here or call the office at 802-253-1800.

On Saturday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., Rabbis David, Arielle, and Micah will lead a backyard concert at Rabbi David and Alison’s home. Maple lemonade and appetizers to accompany. We will move inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Come listen to some breathtaking music, sing along to some familiar tunes, and learn some new ones too. RSVP to jcogs@ for directions. 

Please RSVP for one or both events HERE .
JCOGS Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 24
9:30 p.m. bagels and coffee, 10:00 a.m. meeting
The annual meeting is a terrific way to get involved and find out what your leadership and volunteers have been up to since last summer. Not to mention it’s a great opportunity for schmoozing. Click to read through our Annual Report .

Coffee and bagels will be served at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. We look forward to seeing new and old friends at this vital community event!
Gardens of Stowe
Sunday, June 24,12:30 - 5 p.m.
Stowe Vibrancy in partnership with JCOGS presents: Gardens of Stowe. Sunday, June 24 at 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Reception at JCOGS,

This self-guided tour sweeps through Stowe, Vermont's most interesting gardens. Guests pick up their tour maps at JCOGS and then spend the afternoon enjoying approximately one dozen residential and resort gardens. This special event closes with a tented reception featuring catered finger foods and iced beverages; a garden talk by VPR's Master Gardener, Charlie Nardozzi; a floral arranging demonstration by Bramble + Bloom; and silent auction.

This event is rain or shine.

Get your presale tickets now for $20 + the Eventbrite fee = $21.83 total per ticket.
Tickets sold at the door are $25.00 per ticket.
Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, June 26
4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Beginning Hebrew
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
Learn (more) Hebrew This Summer - We will be offering two Adult Ed Hebrew classes this summer. 

For those who want to learn the Aleph Bet and begin to read phonetically in order to follow services in Hebrew, Beginning Hebrew will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:25 pm. 

For those who have taken the beginning course or can read phonetically, and want to learn to read more fluidly and learn more of the vocabulary of our prayers (and a bit of modern Hebrew as well), Continuing Hebrew will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:45 pm. 

Both classes will begin on Tuesday, June 5. The text for Beginning Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Tough and the text for Continuing Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Enough . The books are available on Amazon. Newcomers are welcomed, but please contact Lynne Gedanken, , for more information or if you would like to take either class.
Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Been in awe of those folks chanting Torah? You too can be part of the action! We will be offering a free class in leyning (chanting Torah) this summer for 6 weeks, starting Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. One-to-one tutoring will also be available at no cost.
Contact Claudia Woodward at or 802-933-2284 to sign up!
Shabbat Service
Friday, June 29, 6:00 p.m.
You are invited to join us before services for a glass of wine at 5:30 p.m. and after services for our enhanced oneg.
Torah Study
Saturday, June 30, 10:00 a.m.
All are invited to participate in this lively and meaningful discussion group as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s wisdom. 
Summer Sunday Series
The Politics of Cyberspace -
Disintermediation & Intermediation
Sunday, July 1, 4 p.m.
Presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.
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Free and open to the public, refreshments served.

Red Sox Raffle
The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe announces its Take Me Out to the Red Sox Raffle.

Grand Prize: Four front-row Red Sox tickets in a private club at Fenway, with parking and dinner

First Prize: Two tickets to a Canadiens game, 12 rows behind the players’ bench.

Winners of tickets will schedule with donors at a mutually agreeable time.

Second prizes include baskets and gift certificates.

Only 300 tickets will be sold, so get yours soon! One for $50, five for $200. Tickets can be bought at or in the JCOGS front office during business hours.

Drawing July 9 at JCOGS summer barbecue. While you don’t need to be present to win, those who win a second prize will get their choice if they are present.
Monday, July 9, 5 p.m.
Magical BBQ
The long days of summer are here ….SO WHY COOK?!

MONDAY, JULY 9 at 5 p.m.
Gather at JCOGS for a Magical
..with all the fixings, the Red Sox Raffle drawing 
& a fun magic show featuring: Elliott Smith.

See the magic, Have some laughs. Wonder how it's done.

Bring the family, friends & neighbors. Suitable for ages 1-120! 
$20 each; 12 & under are free
Vegetarian options available. RSVP by Thursday, July 5.
Stowe Jewish Film Festival


Tickets available soon.
Other Area Events
Sourdough Bread-baking with Paul Markowitz 
at Beth Jacob in Montpelier
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Let us know you're coming so we bring enough flour and set up enough tables.
RSVP here .
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax