Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Friday, June 15, 5 p.m. - Baccalaureate Service at Stowe Community Church
  • Friday, June 15, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Jan Salzman
  • Sunday, June 17, 4 p.m. - Summer Sunday Series - The Politics of Cyberspace - Net Neutrality
  • Tuesday, June 19 - Adult Ed Hebrew Classes - 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Beginning Hebrew; 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
  • Thursday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. - Memorial Service for Steve Nachman
  • Friday, June 22 - 23 - Musical Shabbaton Weekend 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat Service, 7:30 - RSVP: Vermont Kosher Catered Dinner; Saturday - 4 - 6 p.m. Backyard Concert at Rabbi David and Alison's Home - RSVP here
  • Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. - JCOGS's Annual Meeting, coffee and bagels at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. - Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
  • Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. - Torah Study
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • JCOGS - Spuds For Latkes
  • Other Area Events

Please scroll down for more details about these programs
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.

Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Jan Salzman
Friday, June 15, 6 p.m.
We are delighted to welcome back Rabbi Jan Salzman for this special service. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear her speak or lead, we encourage you to join us!

Rabbi Jan is the founder and rabbi at Congregation Ruach haMaqom in Burlington, Vt. She was ordained in 2010 by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and served as the assistant rabbi and cantor for six years at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington. She has lived in Vermont for over 35 years and is married to her ‘rebbitzmon,’ Loredo Sola. She has two grown children and two grandchildren.  
Summer Sunday Series
The Politics of Cyberspace - Net Neutrality
Sunday, June 17, 4 p.m.
Presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.
Why the recent FCC attack on Net Neutrality is a potential disaster.
Free and open to the public, refreshments served.

Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, June 19
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.
Memorial Service for Steve Nachman
Thursday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.
Longtime JCOGS member Steve Nachman, 87, passed away on Dec. 5, 2017. A memorial service for Steve will be held at JCOGS on Thursday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m. All are invited.

We hope that those who are so moved will come to his memorial service and join his family in celebrating his life together with our JCOGS community. May his memory forever be for a blessing.
Welcome The Summer Dinner & Musical Shabbaton
with Rabbis David, Arielle, and Micah
Friday, June 22
6:00 p.m. Musical Shabbat Service
7:30 p.m. Vermont Kosher Catered Dinner
Saturday, June 23
4 - 6 p.m. Backyard Concert at Rabbi David and Alison's Home
Another Exceptional Musical Shabbaton with special guests and Rabbi David
Friday and Saturday, June 22-23

By popular demand, we welcome back Rabbis Arielle Rosenberg and Micah Shapiro to our congregation. In collaboratio n with Ra bbi David, these three musical rabbis have been hard at work on some musical recordings that will knock your socks off when released. 

On Friday night at 6 p.m. , Rabbis David, Arielle, and Micah will lead a spiritually uplifting service at JCOGS. RSVP early for this oneof-a-kind service, followed by a catered meal with Vermont Kosher presented by the Shalom Committee.

Cost is $18 per person, free for children age 12 and under. To RSVP: Click here or call the office at 802-253-1800.

On Saturday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., Rabbis David, Arielle, and Micah will lead a backyard concert at Rabbi David and Alison’s home. Maple lemonade and appetizers to accompany. We will move inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Come listen to some breathtaking music, sing along to some familiar tunes, and learn some new ones too. RSVP to jcogs@ for directions. 

Please RSVP for one or both events HERE .
JCOGS Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 24
9:30 p.m. bagels and coffee, 10:00 a.m. meeting
The annual meeting is a terrific way to get involved and find out what your leadership and volunteers have been up to since last summer. Not to mention it’s a great opportunity for schmoozing.

Coffee and bagels will be served at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. We look forward to seeing new and old friends at this vital community event!
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!
Torah Study
Saturday, June 30, 10:00 a.m.
All are invited to participate in this lively and meaningful discussion group as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s wisdom. 
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.
Spuds for Latkes
One potato, two potato … Vikings and Blues are in the ground in preparation for the yummiest latkes around!

This past Sunday, June 10th, families came to Sandiwood farm in Wolcott to dig earth and plant lots of potatoes as part of a spontaneous new project. It was a glorious day to be out in the field! We will return to harvest in the fall and then make latkes at Hanukkah from the very potatoes we grow. Stay tuned for dates and be sure to join us! Rav todot (many thanks) to JCOGS’s members, Bob and Sara Schlosser, for donating the beds, potatoes and care of the crop til fall. (Weeding help anytime this summer is very welcome!) 
Other Area Events
Sourdough Bread-baking with Paul Markowitz  
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Let us know you're coming so we bring enough flour and set up enough tables.
RSVP here .
*This event has been canceled due to travel visa issues. We hope to reschedule it in the future.
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.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax