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  • Friday, May 18 - 6 p.m. - Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service
  • Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20 - Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain Weekend
  • Monday, May 21 - JCOGS Office closed in observance of Shavuot
  • Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. - Yizkor Service & Potluck for Shavuot
  • Friday, May 25 - 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat Service
  • Sunday, May 27, 4 p.m. - Summer Sunday Series: The Politics of Cyberspace - Social Media
  • Monday, June 4, 5 - 7 p.m. - Thank You Party! At the Yellow House in Hyde Park
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • Other Area Events
Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service
Friday, May 18, 6 p.m.
Do you often feel lost during services? Do you have questions about the meaning and experience of prayer? At each of these services, we look in depth at one prayer in our Friday night tradition and have a meaningful conversation on its themes. We also explore some of the historical background and linguistic meaning of our liturgy in the entire service, as well as a focus on the meaning of prayer itself.
Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain
Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20
Toddler Revelation
Gathering of the Tribes
Events for families, children, and people of all ages, all weekend! 

As we celebrate the awakening of the plant world, the receiving of the Torah and revelation within, join us for this fourth annual Shavuot on the Mountain.  Living Tree Alliance, JCOGS, JCVT, Roots and Trails, and Ruach HaMaqom offer an inspirational weekend immersed in the beauty of the natural world, as we learn, hike, sing, swim, and share in community celebration. All in Stowe! Come for all or just the part that is most appealing to you.

Friday Night

Celebrate Shabbat at JCOGS with community. Out of towners can make their own camping arrangements at Smugglers Notch Campground. 

6 p.m. - Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service.

Saturday afternoon

3 p.m. - Hike to the beautiful Bingham Falls for a mikveh (ritual bath/water dipping) to prepare ourselves for receiving the Torah. You don't have to go in the water to participate and enjoy the ritual. Come for the hike, for the community, for the beauty of our landscape, and the teachings. OR

4 p.m. - Join us for preparing blintzes at JCOGS with Amy Holloway!

Saturday evening

6 p.m. - Potluck dinner, blintzes, and learning at JCOGS.

7 p.m. - An evening of improv games and storytelling for all ages and late night Torah teachings, as well as Havdalah (ritual to end Shabbat and bring in Shavuot), campfire, and CHEESECAKE. Childminding provided!

2 a.m. - Night hike to the top of Mt. Mansfield for ambitious hikers led by Matthew Towle.

Everyone is invited to sleepover at JCOGS either in a tent outside or in our building! 

Please Register here .

Sunday morning

9:15 a.m. - Share in a guided family hike as we pilgrimage together to the Mountain Chapel on Mt Mansfield, for a musical celebration and receiving of the 10 commandments led by Rabbi David and Rabbi Jan Salzman!

11:30 a.m. - Musical, engaging experience at Mountain Chapel with a parade of the first fruits. Bring your own brown bag, lunch, and water!

There is a shuttle to the chapel available at 11 a.m. at Toll Road, registration required. 

Details and registration here:
Registration required and available here:

Join us for this weekend of fun, celebration, and learning!

Yizkor Service & Potluck for Shavuot
Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. On this last day of Shavuot, we will gather for a Yizkor memorial service in memory of those beloved who have passed. This is a time to consider those in our lives who have made an indelible impact and the loss left in their passing from this world.
6 p.m . The custom on Shavuot is to eat cheese, to embody the teaching that the Holy Land “flows with milk and honey.” Following the service, we will gather for a milchedik vegetarian cheese-infused potluck dinner. Please bring a cheese dish to share.  
Summer Sunday Series at JCOGS
The Politics of Cyberspace
Sunday, May 27, 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.

This lecture discusses how we are using, and are used by, Facebook and other online systems.
Free and open to the public.
Musical Shabbat Service
Friday, May 25, 6 p.m.
With musicians, singers, and spirit, this intimate musical service is a participatory experience for all. We come together in prayer, chant, and meditation, tapping into ancient words and new and old melodies. We come to find out what happens when prayer can be joyous, soul-centering, and transformational.
Thank You Party!
Monday, June 4, from 5 - 7 p.m.
at the Yellow House in Hyde Park
JCOGS members:
You are invited to a party!


Thank You Party - A celebration & benefit for the warming shelter in Lamoille
Monday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m.
Speeches of appreciation at 6:15 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 music, eat complimentary food, and bring in the summer with community. Come purchase raffle tickets and win some great prizes to benefit the warming shelter. Rain or shine. More details to come!  
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
Taizé Prayer Service
Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m
St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church
1994 Mountain Rd., Stowe

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. This is a quiet service of meditation and reflection and involves singing of simple, melodic chants, a few readings, and short periods of silence. We invite you to take a moment and be part of a peaceful, spiritual experience. All are welcome.

For more information contact St. John’s at or 802-2553-7578 or Sue at 847-767-1320.
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