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  • High Holy Day D'var Torah/Sermons
  • Wednesday, September 12, 3:45 - 6:15 p.m. - Olam Chesed
  • Friday, September 14, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Shuvah
  • Sunday, September 16, 9:30 a.m. - Latke Spuds Harvest & Apple-Picking at Sandiwood Farm
  • Sunday, September 16, 4-6:30 p.m. - Launch of Mitzvah!
  • High Holy Days - Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. - Kol Nidrei; Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. start - Yom Kippur
  • September 9 - 19 -16th Annual High Holy Day Food Drive
  • Friday, September 21, 6 p.m. - Shabbat services
  • Sunday, September 23, 4-6:30 p.m. - Sukkah-Raising!
  • Wednesday, September 26, 4 p.m. - Sukkot Gathering at Rabbi David and Alison's home
  • More Sukkot & Simchat Torah Events
  • 10-Minute Challenge
  • Lulav & Etrog
  • Got Sukkah?
  • JCOGS Strategic Planning - RSVP for the next session: October 7, 10-11:30 a.m
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
High Holy Day D'var Torah/Sermons
Whether you had a chance to spend time with us during Rosh Hashanah or are experiencing these High Holy Days from afar, we can all share and reflect on the messages from these past few days found in the links below.
Olam Chesed
Wednesday, September 12, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
Olam Chesed started September 5th! We have an exciting year ahead of us! There is still time to register here !

Welcome to the New Year! We had a terrific first two days and a wonderful Rosh Hashanah holy day experience. Join us for more engaging programming for Yom Kippur and be sure to register for the break-fast. We'll have an Olam Chesed table! Please reach out to
Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.
This is a special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Come for some added refection and contemplation during these Yamim Noraim , Days of Awe, and stay for the oneg.
Latke Spuds Harvest & Apple-Picking at Sandiwood Farm
Sunday, September 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Come Harvest Spuds for Latkes!
We're digging up the potatoes we planted earlier this season so we can
prepare for Hannukah latkes. Please bring farm-appropriate clothes
and a shovel to help dig. We’ll also share freshly-picked local apples and apple treats.
Sandiwood Farm is located at: 1665 Town Hill Rd., Wolcott Phone: 802-888-2881
We hope you can join us!
Launch of Mitzvah!
Sunday, September 16, 4-6:30 p.m.
Join us for Mitzvah!, our pre-b’nei mitzvah program for grades 7 and 8, Parents and b’nei mitzvah gather for our first meeting. Light dinner will be served. Register here for Mitzvah!
High Holy Days 2018 - 5779
The High Holy Days are here - join us!

Register for tickets and child supervision here . Please let us know if you will be joining us for break-the-fast, RSVP here by this Thursday, September 13 .

If you would like to usher for one o r more service, please email Shona Reiter at .

High Holy Days ~ Schedule

Kol Nidrei Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.
The height of the year: the ritual of forgiveness that brings us greater wholeness.

Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 19
9:30 a.m. , Yom Kippur service The heart of the day’s prayers of refection, forgiveness, and seeking a better life.
Around 11:30 a.m. , we will chant the private and public Yizkor prayers of our memorial service as we honor lost loved ones.
10 a.m. , family Holy Day experience begins
Families with young children (7 and younger) gather in the tent for song, prayer, and activities.
Older children are engaged in regular services with a special Holy Day discovery guide.
11 a.m. , children 8 and up meet on the lower level.
1:30 p.m. , afternoon learning session with Guest Rabbi Lev Friedman.
4 p.m ., silent Musaf and meditation
4:30 p.m. , yoga for Yom Kippur Led by JCOGS member Jacquie Mauer
5:30 p.m. , afternoon service (Mincha)
6:15 p.m. , closing service (Ne’ilah)
7:35 p.m. , Havdalah & break-the-fast prepared by Vermont Harvest. Please be sure to sign up here by Thursday, September 13, for this sponsored community meal. 

Supervision for young children will be provided throughout all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
16th Annual High Holy Day Food Drive
September 9 - 19, Rosh Hashanah - Yom Kippur
Please fill a bag or bags with in-date non-perishables. Drop off boxes will be located in our Center's foyer when the building is open.
All proceeds collected will help meet the ongoing critical needs of the Lamoille Community Food Share, Inc.
If you are unable to bring in a food donation, checks can be mailed to: Lamoille Community Food Share. PO Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661.
Thanks in advance for your participation!
Shabbat Services
Friday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.
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 delicious oneg.
Sunday, September 23, 4-6:30 p.m.
Join our teens as we build and decorate the JCOGS Sukkah. We're seeking volunteers to help put up the Sukkah. All hands needed! Afterwards, stay and celebrate with "pizza in the hut."

Sukkat Shalom: Once the sukkah is up, please visit! Experience the joy of shaking the lulav, or even better, bring a picnic and dine in our synagogue Sukkah anytime during the week.
Sukkot Gathering at Rabbi David and Alison's home
Wednesday, September 26, 4-6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Sukkot in Rabbi David, Alison, Adar, Yonah, and Hersh's Sukkah at their home in Morrisville.
4 p.m., all children and their families are welcome to join the Olam Chesed Education Center to celebrate Sukkot with harvest activities and teachings about welcoming Ushpizin.
5:30 p.m., ALL-AGES community-wide vegetarian potluck dinner in the Sukkah with Sukkot blessings and songs.
RSVP to for directions. Rain or shine!
More Sukkot & Simchat Torah Events
Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Services and Oneg in the Sukkah
Enjoy services in the decorated JCOGS Sukkah, followed by a special oneg in the hut. Don’t forget to layer your clothing. We’ll move inside in case of rain.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., Torah Study in the Sukkah
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. We’ll move inside in case
of rain.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30 - Sukkot on the Farm at Living Tree Alliance in Moretown
Connect to the wider Vermont Jewish community, while celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Rabbi David leads a musical Havdalah ritual to end Shabbat.
For registration and the schedule, visit .
Monday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m. - Sukkot Yizkor Memorial Service and Simchat Torah (“Joy of Torah”)
Join us for the two extreme expressions of human emotion: sorrow and joy. On this eighth day of Sukkot, we gather for a Yizkor memorial service in memory of those
beloved who made an indelible impact and the loss left in their passing from this world. After the memorial service, we will have an abbreviated Simchat Torah ritual and dance, getting our dancing shoes ready for Wednesday’s street party community celebration.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. - Street Party Celebrating Simchat Torah
Dance a wild and musical horah in the hakafot/dance circles and enjoy sweet caramel apples as we rejoice in the wisdom of our Torah. In the event of rain, the party will move indoors.
10-Minute Challenge
You can click here to use our online survey form.

This season, we invite you to join the JCOGS community in a  10-Minute-Challenge:
     Let’s reach 100 members on the challenge through the High Holy Days!
Set an intention -  Ask yourself, how can your life be improved?
    Know that each and every one of us has something in our lives we wish to change.
Choose a practice -  Anything that you can sustain for 10-minutes every day...
    It’s about taking 10 minutes of time to connect with yourself, to notice, to be mindful.
The communal challenge  -  Connect with one another as well as with yourselves!
1. Take a card in the JCOGS foyer
2. Write down your intention and practice
3. Hang it from the railing with a provided clothespin
Etrog & Lulav
Sukkot will be here before you know it. Would you like to celebrate the holiday? JCOGS will be sending in a group order. Please call the office at 802-253-1800 to order your set no later than Friday, September 14. The cost will be $40 per set.
Got Sukkah?
Don't let the lack of time or building skills stop you from the mitzvah of having a sukkah. Check out the pop-up sukkot available at or on ebay here.
JCOGS Strategic Planning
RSVP for the next session: October 7, 10-11:30 a.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 choose one time that you can attend and RSVP to
October 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
(Note that our board and our teens will have separate opportunities to participate.)
If you will be gone after the High Holy Days, we hope you’ll be able to attend the first group on September 6.
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
Other Area Events
"Becoming Dr. Ruth"
presented by Lost Nation Theater 39 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602
September 6 - 16
With a special educational lobby exhibition presented by: Vermont Holocaust Memorial
Exhibition viewing will be available 1 hour prior to each performance, as well as after the show. The Vermont Holocaust Memorial is pleased to offer our patrons and friends a special discount code: Apply code VTHM to save $5 on “General” tickets*
(* Except Thursday, 9/6 preview and Saturday, 9/8 matinee )
“Becoming Dr. Ruth” tickets available at:
Join us on Thursday, September 13, 4-8 p.m. to support Lamoille Community House
The Alchemist Brewery|100 Cottage Club Rd, Stowe, VT
The emergency shelter for Lamoille Valley will have a booth to raise awareness and receive donations. This free event will feature Starline Rhythm Boys performing on Alchemist green. Food truck and beer will be available. Come to find out what's next for the warming shelter in Hyde Park.
Traveler's Circle presents: Wondering through Stories
Storytelling, Potluck & Birthday Celebration
for JCOGS member, Mark Laxer
Saturday, September 15, 5:00 p.m. 
At Story barn: 480 Hogback Road Cambridge, VT
All ages & voices are welcome.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax