Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m. - SJFF Presents Shekinah Rising
  • Friday, August 10, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, August 11, 1:30 p.m. - Sadie Ellner's Bat Mitzvah and Mincha Afternoon Service and Potluck
  • Tuesday, August 14, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew Adult Class
  • Thursdays, August 16 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - iEngage A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series Led by Rabbi David
  • Friday, August 17, 6 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by a special oneg with guest Chris Whitman
  • Sunday, August 19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Family Fun at Farmers' Market
  • Friday, August 24, 6 p.m. - Special Musical Shabbat celebrating Israel at 70 with Rabbi David and Israeli musicians Arnon and Hamutal Zimra
  • Sunday and Monday, August 26-27, 12-4 p.m. Community Mosaic Mural workshop
  • 10-Minute Challenge
  • Tikkun Olam - Help Keep Our Commitment to Refugees
  • High Holy Day Tickets
  • Olam Chesed Corner
  • Other Area Events

Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Stowe Jewish Film Festival Presents Shekinah Rising
THIS Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 9, 7:00: Shekinah Rising
It is said that the Shekinah, the feminine aspect of God, must rise before the Messiah can come. This film follows the aspirations of several young Hasidic women.

Montreal filmmakers, Abby Neidick and Irene Angelico, will join us for the evening and lead a Q&A following the screening.

Thursday, August 23, 7:00: On The Map
A riveting against-all-odds story of the Tel-Aviv basketball team taking the European Championship in 1977.

All screenings at JCOGS, 1189 Cape Cod Road, Stowe, Vermont

Purchase tickets: $10 in advance here or $15 at the door
Shabbat Service
Friday, August 10, 6 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 enhanced oneg.
Sadie Ellner's Bat Mitzvah and Simcha Service
Saturday, August 11, 1:30 p.m.
Mazel Tov to our bat mitzvah Sadie Ellner!

Sadie has been preparing for this moment with the help of amazing people who provide so much of their time and wisdom for her on her Jewish journey. It is with great joy that we celebrate with the community that she has grown up with, that has become the foundation of her Jewish identity and exploration. Moving to Stowe from Manchester, NH at age four, Sadie was quick to accept her new rural lifestyle and found herself at home on the farm among the calves and soon the whole herd. At age five, Sadie became a “clover bud” with the Morrisville Moovers, a Dairy 4-H club, and has been devoted to 4H most of her life. Sadie’s bat mitzvah project is ongoing as she raises funds for Heifer International, organizing bake sales at school and fund drives to raise awareness of poverty and hunger and the need for education, training, and investments in sustainable agriculture. Please click here to help Sadie raise funds to purchase two cows for a community.

So much of Sadie’s Jewish identity is here in Stowe and supported by such a wonderful community. We hope everyone will join us for the service and celebration afterward. The celebration will include a vegetarian potluck dinner; garden veggies and local beer provided, side dishes and BYO wine encouraged.

~ Sarah and Israel Ellner
Adult Education - Continuing Hebrew Class
Tuesday, August 14, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
For those who have taken the beginning course or can read phonetically, and want to learn to read more fluidly and learn more of the vocabulary of our prayers (and a bit of modern Hebrew as well), Continuing Hebrew will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:45 pm. 

The text for Continuing Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Enough , available on Amazon. Newcomers are welcomed, but please contact Lynne Gedanken, , for more information or if you would like to take the class.
iEngage - A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series Led by Rabbi David
 Thursdays, August 16 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we are pleased to bring the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into JCOGS beginning this summer.

iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings explores the pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. This iEngage series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.

Each session includes text study and discussion led by Rabbi David, and video lectures and roundtable discussions with leading Hartman scholars.

The first two sessions: Thursdays, August 16 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

RSVP HERE or call 802-253-1800 to order your course packet.

Cost to cover materials: $25.
Kabbalat Shabbat
followed by a special oneg and lecture with guest Chris Whitman
Friday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Our special guest, Chris Whitman, is the former senior development manager of The Abraham Fund’s North America office. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear his perspective as an American Jew who has lived in both Israel and Palestine about social initiatives that bridge the cultural divide between Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis.

As a skilled facilitator, he will open the dialogue about Israel as a true democracy. During his talk, Chris will highlight beneficial initiative implemented by various
grassroots organizations in Israel that can create constructive models to harness positive relations. He spent a total of six years in Israel-Palestine and obtained his master’s degree at Hebrew University. Early in his studies, Chris chose to broaden his experience and lived in Ramallah in the West Bank, making the trip across the border and through checkpoints on a daily basis.
Family Fun at Stowe Farmers' Market
Sunday, August 19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Farmers' Market 2017
Rockin' and Runnin' with JCOGS at Stowe Farmers’ Market

Family Fun with Rabbi David and Felicia Sloin!

10:00 a.m. Start the day with a high-spirited 1-mile Family Fun Run that’s sure to give both your “sole” and “soul” a healthy workout. Hit the field behind JCOGS as kids run, walk, and gather together racing Rabbi David to the finish line. The event will not be timed, and each child will receive a commemorative badge of accomplishment at the finish line.

10:30 a.m. Get in the groove and rock out to awesome music and good times!
JCOGS introduces the spectacular Felicia Sloin, a Jewish “Entertain-ucator” who uses music, percussion, dance, puppets, sign language, shtick, and anything else she can think of to entertain and inspire people of all ages.

At around noon Rabbi David and friends will take the stage and keep us singing and dancing all day! Come be creative at the JCOGS table with ongoing crafts and activities.
Co-sponsored by PJ Library in Vermont.
Donations requested:
If you have the following items in your garage, attic, or basement and haven't used them for years, please consider donating them for our craft and activity table:
Cotton bed sheets (solid light color, of any size); Rope (at least 10 FT).

We are also looking for volunteers to help children with the activities. If you are interested, please contact Courtney at or 802-343-8481.
Special Musical Shabbat celebrating Israel at 70
with Rabbi David and Israeli musicians Arnon and Hamutal Zimra
Friday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
Our enhanced oneg this evening will be sponsored by our friends from the Mad River Jewish Community. Hamutal and Arnon Zimra of Tel Aviv will join Rabbi David for a musical journey welcoming Shabbat with melodies inspired by Ladino, Yiddish, and other influences which have shaped the rich and diverse Israeli musical scene.

Join us for this musical evening!

Both Hamutal and Arnon are academy-trained musicians and composers: her specialty is Balkan music, choral arrangements and the Music for Peace project; he is an accomplished modern jazz composer, arranger of classical music, producer, and member of Spheres Duo. Together they have produced the album, “Hi Li Lu Li - Music for a Good Night,” a collection of classic Israeli and world music for parents to sing to their children, and they have brought the Bulgarian choral group, Danitsa, to Israel for a series of concerts and masterclasses.
Community Mosaic Mural Workshop
Sunday and Monday, August 26-27, 12-4 p.m.
Participants will learn cutting, cementing, and grouting techniques. Participation fees are sliding scale $100-$180 per person; however, scholarships are available through the Rabbi’s fund. To make this mosaic a reality, there are also sponsorship levels available: Mensch $250 and Sage $360.

Whether you can join for one or both days, please RSVP HERE to assure a spot in this unique community-building workshop. Spaces are still available. Not to be missed!
10-Minute Challenge
This summer, 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
Help Keep Our Commitment To Refugees
Last year, JCOGS joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign in support of refugees and asylum seekers. In the face of heartbreaking news about family separation and fam ilies seeking asylum, it is critical that we stand up and be heard. Despite the recent executive, over 2000 children who were separated from their families have still not been reunited with them. We can all do something to help repair the world. These are some of the many ways that you can help. 

Take action: HIAS's website provides a wealth of information on how we can assist refugees and asylum seekers. Click on the li nk for what you can do right now to help.

Donate - Many organizations can use our skills and our funds. HIAS has more ways that we can help at . Some other organizations include: 
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) - protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney:
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project - providing asylum seekers with legal aid and community support across the country

Gleaning is canceled for August 12.  
Due to technical difficulties (the weather), the farm where we planned to glean has insufficient vegetables for us to glean and we were unable to find a substitute location. We will be looking for a date and place to glean later in September or October.
High Holy Day Tickets
High Holy Day tickets have been mailed to all those members in good standing. If you haven't gotten your membership forms in, there's still time. Please go to to renew your membership, or register for tickets at so you will receive your tickets in a timely manner.
Olam Chesed Corner
Olam Chesed is looking for volunteers AND materials! You - yes YOU - can help.
Volunteer: We'd love to have teens and adults help us with Hebrew learning on Wednesday afternoons for some or all of the time between 3:30-6 and/or Sunday afternoons 4:00-6:30 . You need kindness and patience more than you need a lot of Hebrew! We have learners at all levels and different ways you can make a difference. Please reach out to . Let's chat about how fun it is to work with our kids!

Toys, such as legos and duplos, play kitchen contents, candyland, and picture books. Old fabric such as sheets and cotton buttoned shirts. Don't think about whether or how we'll use what you give us - we're really creative! If we don't end up using it we'll be sure to find it a good and worthy home. Thank you!
Other Area Events
I would like to extend an invitation to ALL JCOGS Members, their families and friends to the Opening Reception of my solo photography exhibition "American Chrome" on Thursday, August 16th from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead MA. Refreshments will be served.
~ Larry Dunn
Mary Dingee Fillmore -
Remember & Resist: the Dutch Example
Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. 
Lanpher Memorial Library: 141 Main St., Hyde Park VT 

Contrary to the image that most Dutch people resisted the Nazis, only a small percentage actively participated - many of them women delivering messages or smuggling children to safety. What would they say if they could speak to us now? How are their decisions and struggles relevant today?  

Writer Mary Fillmore will explore how people decided to resist, what they actually did, and what the results were. We'll discuss how their courage can inspire people with a broad range of views.

This event is free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities.
A Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event hosted by Friends of the Lanpher Memorial Library.  
Please contact the Friends of the Lanpher Memorial Library for more information at: or (802) 888-3639
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax