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  • Friday & Saturday, April 20 - 21 - Special Shabbaton with Lev Friedman
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2 p.m. - Meet Author Anastasia Goodman
  • Friday, April 27, 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat
  • Saturday, May 5, 9:30 - 11 a.m. - Kinderlach & Gesher Program
  • Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20 - Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain
  • Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. - Yizkor Service & Potluck for Shavuot
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • JCOGS - In The News
  • Other Area Events
Special Shabbaton with Spiritual Leader Lev Friedman Friday, April 20, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.
 Come to Friday night services or the Torah study and receive a complimentary copy of Lev's CD "Breathing Still"
Join soon-to-be-Rabbi Lev Friedman for a Shabbat experience both Friday night and Saturday morning. Lev is an incredible guitar player with decades of experience leading meaningful, heart-warming services.
Expect a musical, spiritual service Friday night at 6 p.m. On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Lev will lead the congregation with a study session on some exciting Talmudic stories. Not to be missed!

Following six years of intensive study, Lev Friedman will be ordained as a rabbi in June 2018 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. Under the tutelage of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he founded B’nai Or Religious Fellowship of Boston in 1982. Reb Zalman ordained him as maggid, rabbinic pastor, and cantor in 1990. Lev was the spiritual leader of B’nai Or, a Jewish Renewal community, from 1982-1996. He may be the only rabbinical student to have led a congregation for that long prior to receiving ordination! During his tenure in this position, he helped many Jews find a way back to their traditions in a contemporary and meaningful way. He was also the owner of Kolbo Fine Judaica in Brookline for almost 30 years until 2011. Lev is also a singer-songwriter and skilled finger-style guitarist. His CD, “Breathing Still,” is a collection of original songs. He and his wife Joyce live in Newton and have three grown daughters, three sons-in-law, and as of this writing one brand new beautiful grandson. Lev is a seasoned service leader who brings life experience, knowledge and wisdom along with beautiful music and the teachings of his mentors Rabbis Zalman Schachter- Shalomi, Arthur Green and Ebn Leader to Jewish communities.
Meet Author Anastasia Goodman
Tuesday, April 24, 2 p.m.
Join author Anastasia Goodman as she discusses her experiences as a Russian immigrant and her books Loose Ends and Terror in Brooklyn.
Anastasia was born in Russia, leaving the Soviet Union as a toddler to resettle along NYC's beach communities. She loves her adopted country but remains tied to her former life in Russia, returning occasionally to witness the enormous changes that have occurred.
Ms. Goodman was always interested in writing fiction, and in 2003, began her first Sasha Perlov mystery, a story about a Russian-born NYPD detective. She was involved in the refusenick movement that led to the release of Soviet Jews. She assisted these Soviet refugees, helping them to find employment and acclimate to life in America. She listened to their stories, weaving them into her own experiences and stories.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Carole Lichtenstein at 802.253.7408.
Musical Shabbat
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m.
With musicians, singers, and spirit, this intimate musical service is a participatory experience for all. 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 can be joyous, soul-centering, and transformational.
Kinderlach & Gesher Program
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Please join Rabbi David and Courtney for our monthly Shabbat morning program for families with young children, Kinderlach (ages birth-4) & Gesher (ages 5 +). We will learn about celebrating Shavuot, the day Moses received the Torah, and our Gesher group will have a chance to get a close up look at our Torah! Traditionally, many Jewish communities eat lots of cheese during this celebration. We will partake in this tradition, learn why, and learn about cheese making with Abe, Zeke and Jonah’s dad, Nat (Manager of the Jasper Hill Farm Creamery).

As always, plan to stay afterwards for an informal vegetarian potluck beginning at 11:00 a.m. JCOGS will provide bagels.

Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain
Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20
Events for families, children, and people of all ages, all weekend! 
Join us for Shavuot on the Mountain as we celebrate the awakening of the plant world and revelation within. Living Tree Alliance, in collaboration with JCOGS and Ruach HaMaqom, offers an inspirational weekend immersed in the beauty of the natural world, as we learn, hike, sing, swim, and share in community celebration. Come for all or just the part that is most appealing to you.

Friday Night – Kabbalat Shabbat Service will take place at 6 p.m.
Potluck dinner, blintzes, and learning at JCOGS. Celebrate Shabbat at JCOGS with community. Out-of-towners can make their own camping arrangements at Smugglers’ Notch Campground.

Saturday afternoon – Hike to the beautiful Bingham Falls for a mikveh (ritual bath/water dipping) to prepare ourselves for receiving the Torah. You don’t 
have to go in the water to participate and enjoy the ritual. Come for the hike, the community, the beauty of our landscape, and the teachings. OR if you’d rather stay closer to home, join us in preparing delicious traditional Shavuot foods at JCOGS.

Saturday evening – Catered dinner at JCOGS. Evening of storytelling for all ages and late night Torah teachings, as well as Havdalah (ritual to end Shabbat and bring in Shavuot). Eveyone is invited to sleep over at JCOGS either in a tent outside or in our building! 

Sunday morning – Share in a guided family hike as we pilgrimage together to the Mountain Chapel on Mt. Mansfield, for a musical celebration and receiving of the Ten Commandments led by Rabbi David and Rabbi Jan Salzman.

Join us for this weekend of fun, celebration, and revelation!
Yizkor Service & Potluck for Shavuot
Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. On this last day of Shavuot, we will gather for a Yizkor memorial service in memory of those beloved who have passed. This is a time to consider those in our lives who have made an indelible impact and the loss left in their passing from this world. 
6 p.m. The custom on Shavuot is to eat cheese, to embody the teaching that the Holy Land “flows with milk and honey.” Following the service, we will gather for a milchedik vegetarian cheese-infused potluck dinner. Please bring a cheese dish to share.  
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.
In the News
Find the Seven Days article here .
Find the Stowe Reporter article here .
Other Area Events
Farm Camp for Ages 6 - 10
August 6 - 10, 9 - 3 p.m.
We teach the universal values of kindness, gratitude and inclusion through traditional stories connected to the earth and social values based in a Jewish framework.