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  • Strategic Planning: Your input is critical
  • Youth winter clothing drive at JCOGS for VT elementary school children
  • Rabbi David's most recent D'var Torah/sermon: The Origins of Anti-Semitism
  • Friday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m. - Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m. - Après Ski Yoga
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 4:30-6 p.m. - Havdalah in Pajamas
  • Friday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m. - Conservative-style Shabbat services + oneg
  • Friday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. - Reform-style Musical Shabbat services honoring the life & legacy of Debbie Friedman z”l + enhanced oneg
  • Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. - International Holocaust Remembrance Day screening of documentary, Who Will Write Our History
  • Good news! Lamoille Community House was approved in Hyde Park!
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Strategic Planning: Your input is critical
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!
Rabbi David's most recent D'var Torah/sermon:
The Origins of Anti-Semitism
In his most recent D'var Torah/sermon found here , Rabbi David tackles the origins of anti-Semitism beginning in Pharaoh's time. He explores how anti-Semitism functions today the same as it has always done and what we must do to bring about a more just world.
Youth Winter Clothing Drive at JCOGS
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.
Deepening Prayer Shabbat service + oneg
Friday, January 4, 6 p.m.
Do you sometimes 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 focus on the meaning of prayer itself.
Après Ski Yoga
Begins Saturday, January 5, 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. Those who wish to can stay afterward for Havdalah to close out Shabbat. Suggested donation in appreciation of Marlena's time for the whole six week course is $36. To register, please contact
Havdalah in Pajamas
Saturday, January 5, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
We gather in the early darkness for engaging activities to say goodbye to the sweet holiness of Shabbat and ready ourselves for the new week. Movement, contemplative collage, moonlit nature walks, soulful singing. Come in pjs or comfy, cozy clothes.
Something for everyone at JCOGS services:
Conservative-style Shabbat services + oneg on Fri., Jan. 11, 6 p.m.
Reform-style Musical Shabbat services honoring the life & legacy of Debbie Friedman z”l + enhanced oneg on Fri., Jan. 18, 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.
Reform-style Musical Shabbat services honoring the life & legacy of Debbie Friedman z”l + enhanced oneg on Fri., Jan. 18, 6 p.m.
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. Childminding provided for young children.
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:
Good news! Lamoille Community House was approved in Hyde Park!
The town of Hyde Park approved the opening of the Lamoille Community House, aka the yellow house, pending a 30 day appeal period. A special thank you to Jacquie Mauer for her impressive efforts as shelter coordinator. Read more here:  Stowe Reporter: Hyde Park approves homeless shelter  or listen here  on VPR: Closed hotel offers shelter in Hyde Park .

Volunteers needed: The Lamoille Community House (of which JCOGS is a partner) will continue to run a temporary adult shelter at the Plaza Hotel in Northgate Plaza, Morrisville until mid-January. Volunteers are needed to bring in dinner, and to help staff and guests daily 4:30-8:30pm, and weekday mornings from 6-7am, and weekends from 6:30-8:30am. Please visit their website:  to volunteer (click on Volunteer, then click on CORE volunteers). Please contact Jacquie Mauer at  if you have any questions or need additional information. 
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax