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Family & Friends Friday Shabbat Services + Potluck
Friday, February 8, 5:30 p.m.
Family and friends come together to welcome the spirit of Shabbat at the end of our busy week with joyful singing and thoughtful prayer. Join us as Rabbi David leads a truly special evening of connecting to our ancients and celebrating the soul and origin of our Hebrew names. Vegetarian potluck to follow.
Kinderlach & Gesher
Saturday, February 9, 9:30-11 a.m.
Join us on Saturday, February 9th at 9:30-11:00 a.m. for JCOGS's next Kinderlach & Gesher program. This is a program for families with young children aged birth to seven.

As we learn about the Jewish value of bikur cholim (caring for the sick), we look forward to creating magical entertainment through story and performing acts of chesed (kindness) through baking and card making. Following our program, please stay for a lunch of soup and other goodies inspired by our story. To contribute to our lunch menu, please click here . Please contact Courtney at Courtney.rose@jcogs.org with any questions.
The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition Presents: Rescheduled MLK Jr. Program “Reducing Gun Violence in VT” at Stowe Community Church
Sunday, February 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, of which JCOGS is a part, is sponsoring their 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative program set for February 10 at 6 p.m. at Stowe Community Church: “Reducing Gun Violence in Vermont.” Dr. King worked throughout his life to promote nonviolence and the Interfaith Coalition is honoring him with this event. Clai Lasher-Sommers, Executive Director of GunSense VT will join other panelists to inform and educate regarding reducing gun violence in Vermont and to enable those in attendance to learn how they may become more involved. For this event, no weapons will be allowed.  
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. Back by popular demand: Catered dinner with the Secret BakeHouse. Please RSVP HERE .
Torah Study
Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m.
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Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition's wisdom.
ALICE Training
Sunday, February 17, 12-4 p.m.
The Stowe Police Department will conduct an ALICE training at JCOGS. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Public schools across the country have been engaging in ALICE training to prepare students and teachers for active crises. This is a site-specific training to prepare adults for emergency situations, and JCOGS adults who would like to attend this training should email jcogs@jcogs.org .
Every summer, the Stowe Jewish Film Festival brings a remarkable selection of Jewish films to our area. We’re fortunate to have such a world-class arts event here in our area, and we need your input to continue making it special. Please help us plan a fourth successful festival by filling out our survey. www.surveymonkey.com/r/5P756LD
Lamoille Community House: Volunteers Requested
A shelter needs to be a safe harbor from the storm of homelessness. Our objective is to connect all of our guests with the Lamoille Housing Team, as well as to form alliances between guests and service providers. Our staff is working with guests to create a safe communal living space. Volunteers are needed to bring in dinner and to assist staff and guests daily 5:00-7:00pm .

Visit https://lamoillecommunityhouse.weebly.com to volunteer (click on CORE volunteer and view calendar openings). Please contact Jacquie Mauer at jmauer@goodsamaritanhaven.org withany questions.
2nd Annual VTHM "Educate the Educators" Workshop:
Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at JCOGS 
How do we help students understand that anti-Semitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust?
What do students need to know in order to recognize anti-Semitism today and to stand up to all forms of hate?

Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM) in conjunction with Echoes & Reflections (a joint program of the ADL, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem) offers a very important, timely professional development opportunity for Vermont educators. "Spotlight on Contemporary Anti-Semitism" explores classroom methods to support effective teaching of contemporary anti-Semitism, its global reach, and its expression in the form of hate speech, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust.

Cost: $50
Registration and more information: HolocaustMemorial-VT.org/2019-workshop
Sandiwood Farm will host a Dinner at the Farm in support of JCOGS
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, July 18
There are only a few dinners at Sandiwood each year, and you won’t want to miss the most sought-after summer event in the Lamoille Valley. It’s a never-to-be-missed experience on one of the most beautiful pieces of working land imaginable. Mark your calendars now for our big summer fundraiser, and be sure to watch for tickets to go on sale. (Volunteers who want to help plan should email jcogs@jcogs.org . )
Other Area Events
International Folk Dancing with Sue Morris
Every Sunday in February 5-6 p.m. 
All Levels Welcome
At Beth Jacob | 10 Harrison Ave | Montpelier | Cost: free, by donation
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax