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JCOGS offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Hope everyone enjoys a Happy Thanksgiving with loved ones.
  • Friday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat services and Thanksgiving-Sides Spectacular Potluck
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Monday, Dec. 10 - Hanukkah Boutique is open at JCOGS
  • Friday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. - Shabbat services and birthday celebration of Dr. Gretchen Rous Besser
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Shacharit morning services + Claudia Woodward's bat mitzvah
  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 3-6 p.m. A Family Hanukkah Gathering in the Mad River Valley
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:45 p.m. - Olam Chesed Family Candle-Lighting and inaugural lighting of the Indian Hanukkiah
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m. - Staged reading at JCOGS, Actors Still Needed!
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. - Share the Light: Hanukkah Party & Benefit concert at Zenbarn
  • Sunday, Dec. 9, 3-6 p.m. - JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening
  • Fred's Energy Benefits
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Shabbat services and Thanksgiving-Sides Spectacular Potluck
Friday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m.
Everyone knows that the best part of the Thanksgiving meal are the sides. Come for the services focused on gratitude and bring your delicious vegetarian leftovers to our community-building potluck.
Hanukkah Boutique at JCOGS
Tuesday, November 27 - Monday, December 10
The First Night of Hanukkah is Sunday, Dec. 2. JCOGS’s fabulous Hanukkah Boutique will be available Tuesday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Dec. 10, including extended shopping hours during Olam Chesed on Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. You’ll find beautiful dreidels, gelt, candles, menorahs, tchotchkes for the children, Hanukkah wrapping paper, Hanukkah cards, and jewelry. Children love giving their friends a small dreidel and bag of gelt to share the holiday with others.
For more information: 802-253-1800, or Barbara Bauman at 802-999-6370, .
Shabbat services and birthday celebration of
Dr. Gretchen Rous Besser
Friday, November 30, 6 p.m.
Dr. Gretchen Rous Besser is one of our founding, cherished members. We honor Gretchen’s devotion to JCOGS as we celebrate her 90th birthday in this one-of-a-kind service and oneg. Rabbi Brian Besser and Rabbi David will co-lead a moving service.
Special thanks to the Besser family who will sponsor this week’s oneg in honor of the milestone birthday.
Claudia Woodward's Bat Mitzvah and Vegetarian Potluck
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Claudia Woodward
Come join Claudia and the JGOGS Mitzvah! class for the Shabbat Service on December 1, 2018 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Bat Mitzvah that she never had... There will be singing. Maybe dancing. Definitely refreshments...
Service 10am - 12pm, followed by a vegetarian potluck celebration.
No gifts please! However, if you would care to make a donation to the JCOGS Mitzvah! or Olam Chesed programs, it would be greatly appreciated:
Please RSVP HERE so we know how many bagels to order.
A Family Hanukkah Gathering in the Mad River Valley
Sunday, December 2, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS and the Mad River Valley Jewish Community team up for this big celebration! Held at the Waitsfield Church on Rte 100, there’s fun for all-ages: Storytelling, Menorah lighting, latke eating, singing, dreidel playing, and more.
Sign up and RSVP HERE .
Olam Chesed Family Candle-Lighting and inaugural lighting of the Indian Hanukkiah
Wednesday, December 5, 5:45 p.m.
Staged Reading at JCOGS
Thursday, December 6, 6-9 p.m.
JCOGS will be hosting a staged reading of a new play on December 6, "8 Nights," by Jennifer Maisel. The reading is to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS ). Tree of Life's support of HIAS was part of the motive behind the recent shooting in Pittsburgh.
If you are interested in taking part in this special project on the fifth night of Hanukkah, please email . Thank you.
Share the Light: Hanukkah Party & Benefit concert at Zenbarn
Saturday, December 8, 5:30-10 p.m.
Back by popular demand (this event sold out last year!), Vermont’s Jewish communities are organizing a Vermont-wide Hanukkah party at one of our local premiere food and music venues, ZenBarn in Waterbury. The night features a delicious holiday buffet with gourmet latkes and mediterranean-inspired dishes, plus a community menorah-lighting ceremony. Following the meal there will be a world-class Klezmer band, Klezwoods.  This year, part of the proceeds from the night will again support the emergency fuel assistance program at Capstone Community Action, a program that partners with local fuel dealers to provide emergency support to those in dire need to stay warm through the winter. Join in as we eat, drink, schmooze, and dance the night away. Doors at 5:30pm. Hanukkah Buffet served from 6-8 pm. 21+. $45 includes dinner and the show!

Tickets now available here .  

This event is presented by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) in partnership with Jewish Communities of Vermont, Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier, Ruach haMaqom in Burlington, Ohavi Zedek in Burlington, Temple Sinai Vermont in South Burlington, Living Tree Alliance in Moretown, and Hadassah VT.
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening
Sunday, December 9, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening with special events hosted by our Ateed teen group and latke-making with our very own homegrown spuds!

Miracles, hope, and standing up for your rights. Come celebrate the joyous Festival of Lights through games, song, drama, and, of course, the 4th annual Iron Chef contest. Bring your favorite Hanukkiah (menorah). We’ll use oil from the land of the Maccabees to rejoice in lighting the antique Indian Hanukkiah gifted to us this past summer.
Fred's Energy Benefits
Greetings JCOGS Members. For a number of years, Fred’s Energy has offered a special fuel program to JCOGS members that provides substantial savings on their fuel bills. If you aren’t already signed up, now is the time.

1. If you have never been on this program please send an email to Gary Feibus, , so he can send you pricing & terms.
2. If you were on the program last year and want to sign up again, please contact Cheryl at Fred's Energy to reinstate this year's contract. Cheryl can be reached at 802.888.3827.

There are no additional costs to sign up and you are able to enjoy immediate savings. The only requirement is that you are a current JCOGS member in good standing.

Lastly, Fred's Energy provides heating & AC services as well as plumbing and has proven to be a very good provider of all services.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax