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  • Your input is needed!
  • Mazel tov- Al Besser awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
  • Friday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m. - Conservative-style Shabbat services + oneg
  • Saturday, Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m. - Kinderlach & Gesher
  • Saturday, Jan. 12, 4:15-5:15 p.m. - Après Ski Yoga
  • Friday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. - Reform-style Musical Shabbat services honoring the life and legacy of Debbie Friedman z”l + catered oneg
  • Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. - Torah Study with Rabbi David
  • Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. - International Holocaust Remembrance Day screening of documentary, Who Will Write Our History
  • Lamoille Community House - Seeking Volunteers
  • Sunday, February 17, 12-4 p.m. - Save the date: ALICE training
  • January youth winter clothing drive at JCOGS for VT elementary school children
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Your input is needed!
Please complete the survey by Thursday, January 17
JCOGS is working on a strategic plan for the coming years, and we need your feedback. Whether you came to one of our in-person sessions or not, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey: . Your input is critical to moving JCOGS forward and helping our community continue to thrive. All participants will get one free class at the Yoga Barn. We thank the Yoga Barn for this generous donation! The deadline for filling out the survey is Thursday, January 17.
Al Besser honored with Congressional Gold Medal
JCOGS member, Al Besser, was awarded the elite Congressional Gold Medal by Congressman Peter Welch in Montpelier, VT on Monday, January 7, for his courageous efforts while in the OSS during WWII.
Here are a few news segments that have covered this incredible honor: NBCBoston10 , WCAX , and NECN .
Mazel tov, Al!
Something for everyone at JCOGS services:
Conservative-style Shabbat services + oneg on Fri., Jan. 11, 6 p.m.
Pluralism sometimes means embracing our differences, rather than attempting to find a common denominator. At these two services, we will highlight two different forms of prayer. On January 11, Rabbi David will lead a spirited Conservative-style service, traditional-egalitarian in orientation with plenty of Hebrew. On January 18, join Rabbi David and JCOGS musicians for a Musical Shabbat in Reform-style prayer, with lots of singing, English, and joy. We will honor the music of Debbie Friedman z”l, the songstress of Reform. Whether gathering for one or both services, come try out something new, or find your comfort zone in prayer.
Conservative-style Shabbat services + oneg on Fri., Jan. 11, 6 p.m.
If you love Hebrew and traditional prayers, this service is for you. And if you’re not sure, come stretch your comfort zone.
Each week at JCOGS, we sing Debbie’s touching melody for Mi Sheberach. This Shabbat Shirah, the Shabbat of Song, there will be lots of music and instruments for this Reform-friendly, English-laden, Debbie-inspired service. 
For our catered oneg, we will be enjoying delicious homemade soups and assorted breads from The Secret Bake Shop including t omato bisque, carrot ginger (vegan), and ratatouille (vegan).
Childminding will be provided for young children. Please RSVP HERE for this delicious oneg.
Kinderlach & Gesher
Saturday, January 12, 9:30 a.m.
Join us for Kinderlach & Gesher (a program for families with young children) on Saturday, January 12th at 9:30 a.m. It’s time to learn about Tu B’shevat (The birthday of the trees!). We will celebrate our forests and those that live within them. Music, crafts, and fruit for all! Plan to stay for a Pizza lunch and if inspired please bring a fruit contribution for our dessert pizza pie!
Après Ski Yoga
Saturday, January 12, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Marlena Fishman has volunteered to lead a yoga class at JCOGS. We're looking for a consistent group who will come together to pause and stretch out before the start of another week. The class will meet Saturdays (1/5/19-2/16/19) at 4:15. Suggested donation in appreciation of Marlena's time for the whole six week course is $36. To register, please contact
Torah Study with Rabbi David
Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m.
Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s wisdom.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day featuring the documentary, Who Will Write Our History
Sunday, January 27, 4:00 p.m.
Vermont Holocaust Memorial and JCOGS invite you to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Gather as we join with others around the world for 
the global screening of the documentary: 
Who Will Write Our History 
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 Vermont Holocaust Memorial, see:
Lamoille Community House: Volunteers Requested
The Lamoille Community House serves adults experiencing homelessness. We are presently at capacity with 12 guests at our temporary site at the Plaza Hotel at the Northgate
Plaza in Morrisville. 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.
Save The Date: ALICE Training
Sunday, February 17, 12-4 p.m.
ALICE training is used in schools across the state and the country, and the Stowe Police Department will be doing a site-specific training here at JCOGS for our adult members. More details will follow.
Youth Winter Clothing Drive at JCOGS through January
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
Tu B'shvat - Celebration of the Trees for Families and Adults Saturday, January 12, 2-4 p.m.  
Join Living Tree Alliance in Moretown as we honor the trees, play in the field and forest, drink Hemlock tea, and share stories. Family program in the field, Adult snow shoe in the woods with contemplation, tree ID, and tracking. RSVP to Sephirah at . Find more info at
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax