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  • Open until Monday, Dec. 10 - Hanukkah Boutique at JCOGS
  • TONIGHT! Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:45 p.m. - Olam Chesed Family Candle-Lighting and inaugural lighting of the Indian Hanukkiah
  • Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. - Hanukkah Shabbat Friday night services + oneg
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. - Kinderlach & Gesher
  • 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 + The Iron Chef Cookoff...The secret ingredient is...(scroll down)
  • Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. - Shabbes in the Shtetl - Shabbat services with Janie Respitz
  • Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. - 2018 Documentary film, "RBG"
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. - Increase the Light: A Singing Experience
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 2-7 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive at JCOGS
  • Sunday, Jan. 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Staged Play Reading
  • JCOGS - Development committee
  • Other Area Events
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Hanukkah Boutique
Open Until Monday, December 10
JCOGS’s fabulous Hanukkah Boutique is available now through Monday, Dec. 10, including extended shopping hours during Olam Chesed on Wednesday, 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, .
Olam Chesed Family Candle-Lighting and inaugural lighting of the Indian Hanukkiah
TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 5, 5:45 p.m.
Hanukkah Shabbat Friday night services + oneg
Friday, December 7, 6 p.m.
We will light candles, sing contemporary and old Hanukkah songs, and enjoy latkes with our oneg.
Kinderlach & Gesher
Saturday, December 8, 9:30-11 a.m.
Please Join Rabbi David, Courtney and Beth for our Shabbat Morning Program for young families of children ages birth to seven. We will continue our exploration of the sweetness of Shabbat focusing on miracles and Hanukkah. We will also enjoy Latkes from the potatoes that Sara and Bob Schlosser of Sandiwood farm helped us plant and harvest! Please plan to stay for a special Latke lunch following Kiddush at 11:00AM! 
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 and the silent auction (with some amazing prizes, from tzochkes to massage to ski passes) 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 open at 5:30pm. Hanukkah Buffet served from 6-8pm. 21+. $45 includes dinner and the show!


The night’s menu - APPS: Matzo ball soup, hummus, tabouli, baba ganoush, and flatbread. MAINS: Potato and sweet potato latkes with special dips, roasted salmon with roasted fennel and parsley pistou, Israeli couscous with feta and parsley, spiced roasted garlic carrots, mixed green salad. DESSERT: Jam filled traditional doughnuts

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, Roots and Trails, and Hadassah VT.

Special bonus for your community: Shop at Stowe Craft Design Center or Stowe Craft Gallery and mention JCOGS during the days of Hanukkah and the Fishmans will donate 15% of your purchase to support this event. Thank you Fishmans and thank you shoppers!
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening + The Iron Chef Cookoff...The secret ingredient is...(scroll down)
Sunday, December 9, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening and the eagerly awaited IRON CHEF COMPETITION!

Miracles, hope, and standing up for your rights. Come celebrate the joyous Festival of Lights through games, song, dancing, and, of course, the 4th annual Iron Chef contest. The secret ingredient for the Iron Chef this year is....SOUR CREAM! Make your delicious goodies and bring them in to see if your dish can win a prize! Bring your favorite Hanukkiah (menorah). We’ll use oil from the land of the Maccabees as we rejoice in lighting the antique Indian Hanukkiah gifted to us this past summer.

Our esteemed judges this year are Nat Bacon, Cheesehouse Manager at Jasper Hill; Karen Nielsen, restaurateur, currently concierge at Edson Hill; and the inimitable Edie Zfass, arbiter of impeccable taste.

Wonderful prizes from Piecasso, the Butchery, Pete's Greens, and Danforth Pewter.
Shabbes in the Shtetl - Shabbat services with Janie Respitz
Friday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Join us on Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. for Shabbes in the Shtetl Friday night services with Janie Respitz, followed by a potluck dinner. Musical and talented Montreal guest Janie Respitz will recreate the joyous atmosphere of the Holy Sabbath through stories, folktales, and song. After services, bring your favorite vegetarian Eastern European potluck dinner dish and stay for a musical, interactive lecture by Janie about Yiddish music. Janie Respitz has a master’s degree in Yiddish language
and literature. For the past 25 years she has performed in concerts around the world and taught courses relating to Yiddish language, folklore, literature, and Eastern European Jewish history. She is also a singer of Yiddish songs, and often incorporates her singing into her courses and lectures, sharing her lifelong passion with her students and audiences.
2018 Documentary Film "RBG"
Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m.
"RBG" chronicles the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which spans several decades, and how she developed a legal legacy while becoming a pop culture icon. The film is a biographical depiction of Ginsburg from her birth in Brooklyn, New York, her college education and subsequent career as a law professor, her appointment to the federal judiciary by President Jimmy Carter, and eventual appointment to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. The film includes interviews with feminist icon Gloria Steinem and NPR's Nina Totenberg on Ginsburg's trailblazing career focused on women's rights, as well as showing Ginsburg’s playful side as she engages in jovial banter with the late arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. 

This presentation is free, accessible, and open to the public. 
Refreshments will be served.
Increase the Light: A Singing Experience
Wednesday, December 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
A multi-faith, multi-sensory experience for all-ages
Within the Festival of Trees and Light exhibit at the Helen Day Art Center

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Calling all who wish to bring more love into our communities! In light of the Pittsburgh shooting, Rabbi David and your Jewish Community of Greater Stowe seek to bring people together in love to create song within community as you have never experienced before. Young and old, come stand with us — come sing with us! Tucking ourselves cozily into the beautiful display of the Festival of Trees and Light at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, we will learn the simplified arrangement of a song “Light is Returning/Banish the Darkness” and then sing it to produce a sound about bringing more light to ourselves, our communities, and our greater world. No need to be a superb singer; you just need to bring your love of singing! The final artistic product? An amazing video of the experience, with the backdrop of soulful voices, glittering trees and Menorahs, and increased light.  

Donations will be accepted for HIAS –– Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society –– a refugee resettlement program in the U.S., an organization supported by the Tree of Life Synagogue and one of the reasons that congregation was attacked.

Presented by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, with our partners at the Helen Day Art Center, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Performing Arts, and the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, including St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe Community Church, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe, and Bahá'ís of Stowe. Special thanks to Stowe Media Group and the Stowe Reporter.

For more information, contact JCOGS at (802) 253-1800 or .
Red Cross Blood Drive at JCOGS
Thursday, December 27, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Practice the mitzvah of saving a life. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. To schedule an appoint-
ment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit .
Staged Play Reading
Sunday, January 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
JCOGS will be hosting a staged reading of a new play, "8 Nights," by Jennifer Maisel. The reading is to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS ).
 We're still looking for a male actor, aged 17-35, to perform in this staged reading. You don't need to be a professional, just eager to work with a team to present a meaningful artistic experience. If you are interested in taking part in this special project, please email . Thank you.
JCOGS - Development Committee
The JCOGS development committee is looking for a couple of new members. If your strength is planning events, we'd love to have you join! Our fundraising events are fun and serve to strengthen our community. Please email .
Other Area Events
Do you have an interest in sharing your story about being Jewish in Vermont? Erica Andrus, the Director for Jewish Studies at the University of Vermont, is leading a research project in connection with a “Judaism in America” course that involves collecting a variety of oral histories of Jews in Vermont. She is looking for participants who would be willing to either meet in person or chat via phone/skype with a student at some point next semester 1-2 times for about an hour. Ideally, this research will eventually develop into an on-going project to create a library of recordings or written reports that will be archived at the VT Folklife Center with the interviewee’s consent.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact Bonnie Tursky at by December 7. You may also contact Professor Andrus directly at .
December 31, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
Free event
Play the beat of your heart, feel the heartbeat of the world. Join our community drum circle — everybody plays a drum!
Saragail Benjamin will lead us as we play together and weave story, rhythm, and song into a totally interactive “Big Bang” celebration. We’ll play world rhythms and stories on diverse instruments, honoring the richness of all the wonderful communities of the world. Join us as we laugh and play, starting the new year with music, understanding, peace, and FUN! Play our drums or bring your own! 
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax