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Staged Reading at JCOGS - Director and Actors Needed!
JCOGS will be hosting a staged reading of a new play on December 6, "8 Nights," by Jennifer Maisel. The reading is to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS ). Tree of Life's support of HIAS was part of the motive behind the recent shooting in Pittsburgh.

We need A DIRECTOR and the following actors, several of whom age through the play:
- Woman, 17-40 years old (character is Jewish)
- Man, 40s (character is Jewish)
- Woman, 50-80 years old (character is Jewish)
- Man, 25-50 years old (character is Jewish)
- Man, 40-60 years old (character is black)
- Woman, 36-50 years old (character is black)
- Man, 20s, (character has one parent who is Japanese-American and one who is white)
If you are interested in taking part in this special project on the fifth night of Hanukkah, please email emily.rosenbaum@jcogs.org . Thank you.
Musical Shabbat Service featuring the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen + catered oneg dinner
THIS Friday, November 16, 6 p.m.
We mark the second yahrzeit of the great poet, musician, and Montrealer Leonard Cohen z”l with some of his most provocative lyrics and music. The oneg dinner will include stuffed sole, butternut squash soup, farm-fresh veggies and more with Sandi from Vermont Harvest Catering.

By donation, RSVP requested . Childminding for young children provided.

At our Musical Shabbat services, we com e together in prayer, chant, and meditation, tapping into ancient words and new and old melodies. We come to find out what happens when prayer has the potential to move us toward joy and transformation.
Torah Study with Rabbi David
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.
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Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition's wisdom.
Family Baking Event
Sunday, November 18, 3-5 p.m.
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Hey tots through teens and JCOGS families - come bake on Sunday November 18th to help our neighbors and friends for Thanksgiving !
 
What started as a simple idea: "Why not make a few extra baked goods for the Food Shelf to help brighten someone's holiday?" has turned into one of our favorite holiday traditions! Each year in November we spread the word and ask our friends and neighbors to start baking. Nothing too difficult - breads, cookies, muffins - items that are easily made and well wrapped for transport or freezing. It's such a great and simple way to connect with our JCOGS community while helping hungry families in your community. It's all about spreading some home-baked love.
 
Hope you can join us at JCOGS on Sunday November 18th from 3-5 p.m. to bake for the Lamoille County Food Bank. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Wendy McCreight at wendy.mccreight@gmail.com .
Ateed meets
Sunday, November 18, 4-6:30 p.m.
Ateed, JCOGS's forward-thinking teen group, meets this Sunday to hang out together, engage in social justice projects, create and learn with Beth, Rabbi David, and members of our community. For ages 12 and up.
Shabbat services and Thanksgiving-Sides Spectacular Potluck
Sunday, November 18, 4-6:30 p.m.
Everyone knows that the best part of the Thanksgiving meal are the sides. Come for the services focused on gratitude and bring your delicious vegetarian leftovers to our community-building potluck.
Claudia Woodward's Bat Mitzvah and Vegetarian Potluck
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Come join Claudia and the JGOGS Mitzvah! class for the Shabbat Service on December 1, 2018 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Bat Mitzvah that she never had... There will be singing. Maybe dancing. Definitely refreshments...
Service 10am - 12pm, followed by a vegetarian potluck celebration.
No gifts please! However, if you would care to make a donation to the JCOGS Mitzvah! or Olam Chesed programs, it would be greatly appreciated: https://jcogs.org/donate/
Please RSVP HERE so we know how many bagels to order.
A Family Hanukkah Gathering in the Mad River Valley
Sunday, December 2, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS and the Mad River Valley Jewish Community team up for this big celebration! Held at the Waitsfield Church on Rte 100, there’s fun for all-ages: Storytelling, Menorah lighting, latke eating, singing, dreidel playing, and more.
Sign up and RSVP HERE .
Olam Chesed Family Candle-Lighting and inaugural lighting of the Indian Hanukkiah
Wednesday, December 5, 5:45 p.m.
Share the Light: Hanukkah Party & Benefit concert at Zenbarn
Saturday, December 8, 5:30 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 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 at 5:30pm. Hanukkah Buffet served from 6-8 pm. 21+. $45 includes dinner and the show!

Tickets now available here .  

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, and Hadassah VT.
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening
Sunday, December 9, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening with special events hosted by our Ateed teen group and latke-making with our very own homegrown spuds!

Miracles, hope, and standing up for your rights. Come celebrate the joyous Festival of Lights through games, song, drama, and, of course, the 4th annual Iron Chef contest. Bring your favorite Hanukkiah (menorah). We’ll use oil from the land of the Maccabees to rejoice in lighting the antique Indian Hanukkiah gifted to us this past summer.
Fred's Energy Benefits
Greetings JCOGS Members. For a number of years, Fred’s Energy has offered a special fuel program to JCOGS members that provides substantial savings on their fuel bills. If you aren’t already signed up, now is the time.

1. If you have never been on this program please send an email to Gary Feibus, gfeibus@gmail.com , so he can send you pricing & terms.
2. If you were on the program last year and want to sign up again, please contact Cheryl at Fred's Energy to reinstate this year's contract. Cheryl can be reached at 802.888.3827.

There are no additional costs to sign up and you are able to enjoy immediate savings. The only requirement is that you are a current JCOGS member in good standing.

Lastly, Fred's Energy provides heating & AC services as well as plumbing and has proven to be a very good provider of all services.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax