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High Holy Days - Survey
We value your feedback and would love to know your thoughts on our services during the High Holy Days. This is a short (and quick) survey and we truly appreciate you taking the time to fill it out.
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Special Shabbaton with Rabbi Lev Friedman
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 6 p.m. & 10 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.
Join Rabbi Lev Friedman, (our Guest Rabbi for Yom Kippur) in community for a joyful, musical and contemplative Friday night service. He will bring his sense of delight at being with JCOGS again along with his sense of humor, some of his own original music, and a few sweet and interesting teachings to enhance our Shabbat experience.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.
In Torah study on Shabbat morning we will look at the very meaty Torah potion, Va-yera, and concentrate on one or two narratives. Where does Isaac go after the Akedah, the Binding of Isaac? How do we understand the Binding? Who is being tested? And what of Hagar and Ishmael? Might they have anything to do with Isaac’s seeming disappearance? Stay tuned!
Rabbi Lev Friedman founded B’nai Or Religious Fellowship of Boston in 1982. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2018 after six years of intensive study. Lev is a seasoned service leader who brings life experience, knowledge and wisdom along with beautiful music and the teachings of his teachers, Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Arthur Green, and Ebn Leader to the Jewish community. He is also a singer-songwriter and skilled finger-style guitarist. Make sure to pick up a complimentary copy of his CD in our lobby!
Click  here  for Rabbi Lev's recent Q&A found on our website.
Ateed - JCOGS's New Teen Group
Sunday, October 28, 4 p.m.
Ateed is JCOGS's forward-thinking teen group for ages 12 and up. New faces always welcome. This week we will be meeting with Jacquie Mauer to discuss the Yellow House warming shelter and watching an Israeli movie.
For more information, contact Beth at .
Olam Chesed Special Event - Spooky Jewish Stories
Wednesday, October 31, 3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Golems, Dybbuks and Shedim" -- spooky Jewish stories for darkening fall days. Come if you dare for creepy tales of clay come to life and restless spirits.
Shabbat Service with Lynne Gedanken
Friday, November 2, 6 p.m.
Join us for Shabbat services led by JCOGS member Lynne Gedanken. You are invited to arrive before services for a glass of wine at 5:30 p.m. and stay after services for an oneg.
JCOGS Strategic Planning
RSVP for final session held on Wed., Nov. 7, 4-5:30 p.m.
Our community has changed a great deal over the last few years. Not long ago, we didn’t have a full-time rabbi, and now we have a full calendar of religious observances, a plethora of social gatherings, and a children’s education program that is bursting with energy. Certainly all of this growth is exciting. As we plan for our future, it is important to pause and consider what we value in our community and how we would like to define ourselves in the years to come. To that end, the board has created a strategic planning committee to steward a community-wide self-examination and conversation.
The first step in a multi-pronged process will be focus groups, open to the entire community. Please RSVP to Olivia ( ) if you can attend our final community session on: November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
(Note that our board and our teens will have separate opportunities to participate.)

This is an exciting process that will ultimately result in a practical set of attainable goals for our lay leaders, our staff, and our entire community. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
Family & Friends Shabbat service + potluck
Friday, November 9, 5:30 p.m.
Now is the time! Join us for this participatory, joyous, and moving Kabbalat Shabbat shared with our youngest and our oldest alike. Together we’ll “rise up to the mountains” in song and spirit to welcome the spirit of Shabbat at the end of our busy week. Vegetarian potluck to follow.
Kinderlach & Gesher
Saturday, November 10, 9:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Program for young families of children ages birth to 7. We'll continue our exploration of the sweetness of Shabbat focusing on thankfulness and Shalom Bayit/Peace in the Home. As always, we'll sing, move, play and learn some Hebrew.
Musical Shabbat Service featuring the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen + an oneg dinner by VT Harvest Catering
Friday, November 16, 6 p.m.
Montrealers and others: We mark the second yahrzeit of the great poet, musician, and Montrealer Leonard Cohen z”l with some of his most provocative lyrics and music. The oneg dinner will include stuffed sole, butternut squash soup, farm-fresh veggies and more with Sandi from Vermont Harvest Catering.
By donation, RSVP requested . Childminding for young children provided.

At our Musical Shabbat services, we come together in prayer, chant, and meditation, tapping into ancient words and new and old melodies. We come to find out what happens when prayer has the potential to move us toward joy and transformation.
Torah Study with Rabbi David
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.
Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition's wisdom.
Family Baking Event
Sunday, November 18, 3-5 p.m.
What better way to spend a November afternoon than baking treats with family and friends and then giving them away to those in need? Our desserts will be delivered to the Lamoille Country Food Shelf just in time for the holiday.
Other Area Events
Descendants of the Shoah Conference
Sunday, November 11, 2018
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the University of Hartford
For Holocaust survivors, descendants, and the general community. 860-470-5591
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax