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  • Wednesday, May 2 - 3:45 - 6:15 p.m. - Last Day of Olam Chesed
  • Friday, May 4, 6 p.m. - Student-led Multigenerational Shabbat Service & Potluck honoring Stacey Oshkello's leadership
  • Saturday, May 5, 9:30 - 11 a.m. - Kinderlach & Gesher Program
  • Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. - Candlelight service for Remembrance of Hope, service held at Stowe Community Church
  • Friday, May 11, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Service
  • Monday, May 14, - 7 p.m. GSIC Social Justice Film Series presents, "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" shown in Morrisville at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Crosby Center
  • Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20 - Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain Weekend
  • Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. - Yizkor Service & Potluck for Shavuot
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • Other Area Events
Last Day of Olam Chesed
Wednesday, May 2 - 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Come help us wrap up another fantastic year at Olam Chesed with a Lag B’Omer celebration at the end of the day!

Register here for next year before May 4 to be entered into a raffle. 
Student-led Multigenerational Shabbat Service & Potluck honoring Stacey Oshkello's leadership
Friday, May 4, 6 p.m.
Join us for this uplifting Shabbat as we complete our Olam Chesed Wednesday program year and celebrate Stacey Oshkello for her incredible leadership at JCOGS. Under the leadership of Stacey and the teachers, our children have been hard at work preparing for this final service. Come gather for a night of prayer, food, and words of gratitude for Stacey! 

“What Stacey has been able to do in her years at JCOGS has been impressive. Enrollment is way up, certainly, but more importantly, the spirit of the school - the way the students, teachers, and parents interact - has lived up to its name: Olam Chesed, a place where, in our small way, we are crafting a ‘world of loving kindness.’ This is thanks in no small part to Stacey’s tireless work and leadership. We are grateful for everything you have done for our children and our community. Todah RABBAH!” ~Rabbi David
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 and cream cheese.

GSIC - Candlelight service for Remembrance of Hope
Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. at Stowe Community Church
The annual Ecumenical Candlelight Service for Remembrance of Hope is set for Saturday, May 5. The service, held at Stowe Community Church, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This interfaith service, presented by the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, is one of the most poignant elements of Stowe’s Weekend of Hope. Through meditative music, heartfelt readings, and memorial candle-lighting, those gathered will honor and remember cancer survivors. The greater community is welcome to attend.

The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition includes as its members: St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, JCOGS, Stowe Community Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe, and Baha’is of Stowe.
Shabbat Service
Friday, May 11, 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.
GSIC - Social Justice Film Series presents,
"Waste! The Story of Food Waste"
Monday, May 14, 7 p.m.
at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Crosby Center in Morrisville
“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” will be shown on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Crosby Center in Morrisville. Staffers from Salvation Farms will facilitate the Q-and-A after the viewing.

Taking an entertaining approach to a critical 
21st century issue, this lively documentary addresses the sad reality that 90 percent of food waste ends up in landfills. Through the eyes of famous chefs, viewers will witness how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain
Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20
Events for families, children, and people of all ages, all weekend!  

As we celebrate the awakening of the plant world, the receiving of the Torah and revelation within, join us for this 4 th annual Shavuot on the Mountain.   Living Tree Alliance, JCOGS, JCVT, and Ruach HaMaqom offer an inspirational weekend immersed in the beauty of the natural world, as we learn, hike, sing, swim, and share in community celebration.  All in Stowe!  Come for all or just the part that is most appealing to you.

Friday Night – Celebrate Shabbat at JCOGS with community. Out of towners can make their own camping arrangements at Smugglers Notch Campground. 
6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service.

Join us for preparing delicious traditional Shavuot foods at JCOGS!

Saturday evening - Potluck dinner, blintzes, and learning at JCOGS. An evening of storytelling for all ages and late night Torah teac hings, as well as Havdalah (ritual to end Shabbat and bring in Shavuot).  Everyone is invited to sleepover 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 10 commandments led by Rabbi David and Rabbi Jan Salzman!

Sunday Sunrise hike to the top of Mt Mansfield for ambitious hikers led by Matthew Towle.

Join us for this weekend of fun, celebration, and learning!

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.
Other Area Events

Evelyn Hinds as Corrie ten Boom
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Stowe Free Library 90 Pond Street, Stowe

A One-Woman Dramatic Portrayal of Hope and Inspiration 
Evelyn Hinds as “Corrie” tells her amazing story of being part of the WWII underground rescue of Jews during the Holocaust, her imprisonment and release from a Nazi death camp, and later as a Righteous Gentile traveling the world to share her story. 
For audiences of all ages. 
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 
PETER YARROW of Peter, Paul, and Mary
is Performing at Ohavi Zedek
Saturday, May 12, 8:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets at or at the Flynn box office.
Michael Arnowitt Concert
Sunday, May 13, 4 p.m.
at Beth Jacob Synagogue - 10 Harrison Avenue, Montpelier

Beloved pianist Michael Arnowitt returns to Montpelier to present a program surveying the music of iconic Jewish composer Aaron Copland, who created what is considered today to be a distinctively American sound in classical music. Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss music from Copland’s Four Piano Blues, Piano Variations, El Salon Mexico, and Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring
and the music he wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.

Tickets $15 a piece. Purchase tickets here .
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.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax