Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Friday, June 1, 5:30 p.m., appetizers, wine + schmoozing, 6:30 p.m., The Core of Shabbat: An abbreviated Friday night service, 7:15 p.m., enhanced Oneg
  • Saturday, June 2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Kinderlach & Gesher Monthly Program
  • Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m. - Summer Sunday Series: The Politics of Cyberspace - Privacy
  • Monday, June 4, 5 - 8 p.m. - Thank You Party! At the Yellow House in Hyde Park
  • Tuesday, June 5 - Adult Ed Hebrew Classes 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Beginning Hebrew; 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
  • Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m. - Final Film in the MLK, Jr. Social Justice Series shown at Stowe Community Church
  • Friday, June 8, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Services and Vegetarian Potluck Dinner - Tikkun Olam - Habitat for Humanity
  • Sunday, June 10, 4 p.m. - String Quartet Concert with Dr. Deborah Black
  • Friday, June 15, 5 p.m. - Baccalaureate Service at Stowe Community Church
  • Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. - Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • Other Area Events
The Core of Shabbat: An abbreviated service + schmooze
Friday, June 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 (a delicious dinner provided by JCOGS)
Sometimes simplifying an experience enhances the overall moment. Think hiking in the woods. You + Nature. Nothing else. Think journaling. Pen + paper + your thoughts. Now think Shabbat. Prayer + food + community.

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.

If it’s been hard for you to make it to JCOGS by 6 p.m. (Note: Services begin at 6:30 p.m.) If you get hungry before services are done. If you just want someone to cook you dinner + open a bottle of wine. If you are looking for more connection to your community, join us for some or all of this Shabbat experience.
Kinderlach & Gesher Monthly Program
Saturday, June 2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Please join us for our monthly Shabbat morning program for families with young children, Kinderlach (ages birth - 4) and Gesher (ages 5+).

This is our last program of the school year and we would love to celebrate our family community with you! We will learn about Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) by adding beauty to JCOGS’ outdoor play area. We will also welcome JCOGS’ new director of youth and family education, Beth Liberman, and learn about the fun family programs we have planned for the summer!

Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share (JCOGS will provide bagels). We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 2nd from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Summer Sunday Series
The Politics of Cyberspace - Privacy
Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m.
Presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.
What are your rights with respect to corporate and government surveillance?
Free and open to the public, refreshments served.

Thank You Party!
Monday, June 4, 5 - 8 p.m.
 at the Yellow House in Hyde Park 
Thank You Party!
A celebration & benefit for the warming shelter in Lamoille
Monday, June 4, 2018 from 5- 8 p.m.
Raffle with great prizes
Day of massage-chair treatments and face-paint
Speeches of appreciation at 6:30 p.m.
At The Yellow House in Hyde Park (driveway on the left of the Opera house on Main Street)
We gather together in gratitude for the huge efforts of our community in making the warming shelter possible this winter. We did it! The interfaith community joining with the Lamoille Sheriff's Department provided 626 bed nights, hundreds of evening and morning meals, and a safe, warm, and secure shelter environment. This was all thanks to our tireless volunteers! Come celebrate their hard work, hear inspiring speeches, listen to musicians Brian Leven and special guests: the Sheriff and Rabbi, eat delicious complimentary BBQ food, and bring in the summer with community. 
Come purchase raffle tickets and win some great prizes to benefit the warming shelter. Prizes include a night’s stay at the Hob Knob Inn and the Stowehof, multiple massage treatments, many gift certificates to local restaurants and more. Tickets only $5 or 5 for $20. Also, get a massage! Massage-chair treatments at the party: $10 for 15 minutes. Face-painting for kids and adults alike. All to benefit the shelter! Bring cash/check. Shelter volunteers, guests, and community members: ALL ARE INVITED! Rain or shine.
Read more about the initiative here .
Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, June 5
4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Beginning Hebrew
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
Learn (more) Hebrew This Summer - We will be offering two Adult Ed Hebrew classes this summer. 

For those who want to learn the Aleph Bet and begin to read phonetically in order to follow services in Hebrew, Beginning Hebrew will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:25 pm. 

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. 

Both classes will begin on Tuesday, June 5. The text for Beginning Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Tough and the text for Continuing Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Enough . The books are available on Amazon. Please contact Lynne Gedanken, , for more information or if you would like to take either class.
Final Film in the MLK, Jr. Social Justice Film Series
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
at Stowe Community Church
The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition invites the greater community to attend the final film in the MLK, Jr. Social Justice Film Series.

"For the Bible Tells Me So" is a highly-rated 2008 documentary that moves through its stories of coming out, detailing how individuals adjusted (or failed) to adjust to their new reality. The Washington Post review described it as “a brisk, entertaining, and even moving exploration of the sometimes frayed intersection where Christianity meets homosexuality.”

Q-and-A session will occur after the film.
Shabbat Service and Vegetarian Potluck Dinner
Tikkun Olam - Habitat for Humanity
Friday, June 8, 6 p.m.
Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) starts in our local community.

Please join us on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. for Shabbat Service followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner when representatives of Habitat for Humanity will join us and speak about their organization, the home that is under construction now in Morrisville, and volunteer opportunities to work with them.
String Quartet Concert with Dr. Deborah Black
Sunday, June 10, 4 p.m.
On Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m. Dr. Deborah Black and her marvelous string quartet will play a free classical concert for all to enjoy.

Please also join us for refreshments after the performance.
Baccalaureate Service
Friday, June 15, 5 p.m.
at Stowe Community Church
Please join us for a traditional Baccalaureate Ceremony to honor the young men and women of the Class of 2018. This voluntary ceremony is planned by Stowe HS parents and community religious leaders. All are welcome. Board member Lynne Gedanken will be representing JCOGS.

Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Been in awe of those folks chanting Torah? You too can be part of the action! We will be offering a free class in leyning (chanting Torah) this summer for 6 weeks, starting Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. One-to-one tutoring will also be available at no cost.
Contact Claudia Woodward at or 802-933-2284 to sign up!
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
Moses Sebagado
Thursday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue - 188 N. Prospect Rd. Burlington
Tickets $18 per person to benefit "360 Degrees of Healing Program and Hadassah Hospital"
Join us for a unique, interactive and amazing evening with Moses Sebagado, musician and spiritual leader of the Abayudaya Jewish Community in Uganda.
With special guest, Jay Sand, music director.
Questions? / 802-644-6650 to order tickets.
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