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  • Friday, Jan. 25 - Shabbat Services + Tu biShvat Potluck
  • Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. - Shacharit Morning Service + Solomon Kalichstein's Bar Mitzvah
  • Saturday, Jan. 26, 4:45-5:15 p.m. - Yoga
  • Saturday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m. - Havdallah
  • Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. - International Holocaust Remembrance Day screening of documentary, Who Will Write Our History
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. - Community Prayer Gathering at Blessed Sacrament Parish 
  • Friday, Feb. 1 - The Core of Shabbat: An Abbreviated Service + Schmooze 5:30-6:30 p.m., appetizers, wine + schmoozing; 6:30-7:15 p.m., abbreviated Friday night service; 7:15 p.m., enhanced Oneg
  • Sunday, February 17, 12-4 p.m. - ALICE Training
  • Stowe Jewish Film Festival: Survey
  • Lamoille Community House - Seeking Volunteers
  • Youth Winter Clothing Drive at JCOGS - FINAL WEEK
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
All-Ages Tu biShvat Seder MOVED TO FRIDAY
Shabbat Services + Tu biShvat Potluck
Friday, January 25, 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 for our vegetarian potluck. Services will be inspired by the holiday of Tu Bishvat, the birthday of the trees. This week’s vegetarian potluck challenge: Bring a dish that connects you to nature.
Shacharit Morning Service + Solomon Kalichstein's Bar Mitzvah
Saturday, January 26, 10 a.m.
Join us for a Shabbat morning service in honor of Solomon's Bar Mitzvah.

Solomon is in seventh grade at Stanford Online High School. He plays piano, tennis, and soccer. He sails and loves backcountry skiing and mountain biking with his father. He is the seventh grade class representative to his school's student government, participates in jazz band, loves coding, and is working on developing an adventure computer game.
He has been working hard under the tutelage of Amy Holloway to prepare, and his mitzvah project is in collaboration with the Innocence Project .

Please join the family for his bar mitzvah and luncheon celebration at JCOGS.
Après Ski Yoga
Saturday, January 26, 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Each week, Marlena Fishman leads us in gentle stretching, the perfect way to end a day on the slopes while closing out Shabbat.  On January 26, the regular après yoga class will have a special session, open to all teens and adults. Why is the 1/26 class special? Two reasons:
1. Those attending yoga usually make a donation to JCOGS in appreciation of Marlena's time. And all donations made for the January 26 class will be doubled by a generous anonymous donor in appreciation of...
2. ...Claudia Woodward, who is leading Havdallah services that evening. 

Come for yoga, stay for Havdallah, or just come for one. Whatever your schedule allows, don't miss this special evening at JCOGS. 
Saturday, January 26, 5:30 p.m.
Claudia Woodward will lead us in this short, beautiful service to close Shabbat. Do you have a hard time bringing young children to our 6:00 services on Friday? Do you struggle to get to JCOGS on Friday night? Or do you come on Fridays and want to bookend your Shabbat with a Havdallah service? Whatever your reason, please join us for a fragrant, musical, spiritual 20 minute service.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day featuring the documentary, Who Will Write Our History
Sunday, January 27, 4:00 p.m.
This special, worldwide, one-day screening event will be followed by a recorded panel moderated by Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation in discussion with the film’s author, historian Professor Samuel Kassow, Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg, and Director Roberta Grossman.
Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody.
Refreshments will be served. 
For more details on this global event please visit:
To learn more about VT Holocaust Memorial, see:
Community Prayer Gathering at Blessed Sacrament Parish 
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
The Lamoille County Clergy Group, feeling an urgent need to pray for our community, nation and world at this critical time, will be sponsoring a monthly COMMUNITY PRAYER GATHERING to be held at member churches and JCOGS. The first such gathering will be at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Wednesday, January 30, at 7 pm and the theme will be PEACE. Rabbi David is a member of the clergy group. All are welcome. 
 The Core of Shabbat: An Abbreviated Service + Schmooze
Friday, February 1
5:30-6:30 p.m., appetizers, wine + schmoozing
6:30-7:15 p.m., abbreviated Friday night service
7:15 p.m., enhanced Oneg
At this Core of Shabbat experience, we will pray the most integral parts of the service, sandwiched by some delightful schmoozing with food + wine + old + new friends. 
ALICE Training
Sunday, February 17, 12-4 p.m.
The Stowe Police Department will conduct an ALICE training at JCOGS. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Public schools across the country have been engaging in ALICE training to prepare students and teachers for active crises. This is a site-specific training to prepare adults for emergency situations, and JCOGS adults who would like to attend this training should email .
Every summer, the Stowe Jewish Film Festival brings a remarkable selection of Jewish films to our area. We’re fortunate to have such a world-class arts event here in our area, and we need your input to continue making it special. Please help us plan a fourth successful festival by filling out our survey.
Lamoille Community House: Volunteers Requested
A shelter needs to be a safe harbor from the storm of homelessness. Our objective is to connect all of our guests with the Lamoille Housing Team, as well as to form alliances between guests and service providers. Our staff is working with guests to create a safe communal living space.

Volunteers are needed to bring in dinner, and to assist staff and guests daily 5:00-7:00pm.

Please visit our website: to volunteer (click on CORE volunteer and view calendar openings). Please contact Jacquie Mauer at if you have any questions or need additional information.
Youth Winter Clothing Drive at JCOGS - FINAL WEEK
Please donate new or used sneakers, winter hats, winter gloves, sweatpants, socks, snow pants, and winter jackets for Vermont elementary school children. Sizes should be in children's sizes or adult small. Only waterproof gloves please. Drop off is available in the JCOGS lobby.
Other Area Events
Kids' Music Program for Jewish Families with Young Children
with Andrea Soberman of Musical Munchkins
Jan. 27, 10:30-12 Senior Center |58 Barre Street | Montpelier
Learn some Jewish songs and get your wiggles out! Followed by snacks.
Contact Leah at for more information.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax