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  • Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief - Please Help
  • JCOGS office will be closed Mon. and Tues., Oct. 1-2, in observance of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
  • High Holy Day D'var Torah/Sermons
  • Wednesday, September 26, TODAY! - Sukkot Gathering at Rabbi David and Alison's home
  • Friday, September 28, 6 p.m. - Sukkot Shabbat Services and Brit Bat/ritual welcome for Kelsey Ruth Gottlieb, baby girl of Lori & Adam Gottlieb, at the opening of services
  • Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. - Torah Study in the Sukkah
  • Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 29-30 - Sukkot on the Farm at Living Tree Alliance in Moretown
  • 10-Minute Challenge - Jump on board before Sukkot is done!
  • Monday, October 1, 5:30 p.m. - Sukkot Yizkor Memorial Service and Simchat Torah ("Joy of Torah")
  • Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m. - Street Party Celebrating Simchat Torah
  • Friday, October 5, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Services and aufruf celebrating the upcoming chuppah of Margot Raicek and Alex Simon
  • JCOGS Strategic Planning - RSVP for the next session: October 7, 10-11:30 a.m
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 12 p.m. & Oct. 14, 4 p.m.- The Politics of Cyberspace with Professor Mich Kabay
  • Sunday, October 7, 4-5:30 p.m. - JCOGS Budget Training Workshop
  • Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 p.m. - Book Club at the home of Barbara Stern
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Quicklinks
Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief
Please Help
Hurricane Florence, with its record-breaking rain, has caused massive damage in North and South Carolina. For those not familiar with the Carolinas, it is worth noting that some of our nation's poorest and most vulnerable populations have been hit hardest by this lingering storm. For the most part, Eastern North Carolina, the South Carolina Low County, and Appalachia include highly rural communities that already lack easy access to medical clinics, nutritious food, and options for shopping for basic necessities. Along with the larger communities, the Jewish communities in the Carolinas have also suffered damage including some who have cancelled Yom Kippur services due to building damage, power outages and the lack of passable roads. As we reflect on Yom Kippur and the upcoming holidays and year, please consider aiding in relief efforts by donating to any of the following:
High Holy Day D'var Torah/Sermons
Whether you had a chance to spend time with us during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur or have experienced the High Holy Days from afar, we can all share and reflect on the messages from these past days of awe found in the links below.
Rosh HaShanah kavanah by Beth Liberman
Sukkot Gathering at Rabbi David and Alison's home
TODAY! Wednesday, September 26
Celebrate Sukkot in Rabbi David, Alison, Adar, Yonah, and Hersh's Sukkah at their home in Morrisville.
4 p.m., all children and their families are welcome to join the Olam Chesed Education Center to celebrate Sukkot with harvest activities and teachings about welcoming Ushpizin.
5:30 p.m. , ALL-AGES community-wide vegetarian potluck dinner in the Sukkah with Sukkot blessings and songs.
RSVP to jcogs@jcogs.org for directions. Rain or shine!
Sukkot Shabbat Services and Brit Bat/ritual Welcome
Friday, September 28, 6 p.m.
Enjoy services indoors followed by a special oneg in the hut. Don’t forget to layer your clothing. We’ll move inside in case of rain.

We will welcome Kelsey Ruth Gottlieb, new baby girl of Lori & Adam Gottlieb born August 29, 2018, into covenant and community with her Brit Bat/ritual welcome at the opening of services. Many thanks to Nana Beverly Albert for sponsoring the oneg in celebration of her great-granddaughter.
Torah Study in the Sukkah
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., Torah Study in the Sukkah
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. We’ll move inside in case of rain.
Sukkot on the Farm at Living Tree Alliance in Moretown
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30
Connect to the wider Vermont Jewish community, while celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Rabbi David leads a musical Havdalah ritual to end Shabbat.
For registration and the schedule, visit livingtreealliance.com/sukkot-on-the-farm .
10-Minute Challenge
Jump on board before Sukkot is done!
You can click here to use our online survey form.

This season, we invite you to join the JCOGS community in a  10-Minute-Challenge:
     Let’s reach 100 members on the challenge through the High Holy Days!
Set an intention -  Ask yourself, how can your life be improved?
    Know that each and every one of us has something in our lives we wish to change.
Choose a practice -  Anything that you can sustain for 10-minutes every day...
    It’s about taking 10 minutes of time to connect with yourself, to notice, to be mindful.
The communal challenge  -  Connect with one another as well as with yourselves!
1. Take a card in the JCOGS foyer
2. Write down your intention and practice
3. Hang it from the railing with a provided clothespin
Sukkot Yizkor Memorial Service & Simchat Torah ("Joy of Torah")
Monday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for the two extreme expressions of human emotion: sorrow and joy. On this eighth day of Sukkot, we gather for a Yizkor memorial service in memory of those beloved who made an indelible impact and the loss left in their passing from this world. After the memorial service, we will have an abbreviated Simchat Torah ritual and dance, getting our dancing shoes ready for Wednesday’s street party community celebration.
Street Party Celebrating Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.
Dance a wild and musical horah in the hakafot/dance circles and enjoy sweet caramel apples as we rejoice in the wisdom of our Torah. In the event of rain, the party will move indoors.
Shabbat Services and an A ufruf C elebration
Friday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for Shabbat services and an aufruf in celebration of the upcoming chuppah of Margot Raicek and Alex Simon.

Special thanks to mother-of-the-bride, Barbara Segal, and Howard Brown for sponsoring this week's special oneg in honor of the simcha.
JCOGS Strategic Planning
RSVP for the next session: October 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
Our community has changed a great deal over the last few years. Not long ago, we didn’t have a full-time rabbi, and now we have a full calendar of religious observances, a plethora of social gatherings, and a children’s education program that is bursting with energy. Certainly all of this growth is exciting. As we plan for our future, it is important to pause and consider what we value in our community and how we would like to define ourselves in the years to come. To that end, the board has created a strategic planning committee to steward a community-wide self-examination and conversation.
The first step in a multi-pronged process will be focus groups, open to the entire community. Please choose one time that you can attend and RSVP to
October 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
(Note that our board and our teens will have separate opportunities to participate.)

This is an exciting process that will ultimately result in a practical set of attainable goals for our lay leaders, our staff, and our entire community. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
L’shalom,
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
The Politics of Cyberspace with Professor Michel Kabay
Sunday, October 7,12:00 p.m. & Sunday, October 14, 4 p.m.
Join us for timely and fascinating lectures on the politics of cyberspace presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.
Free and open to the public, refreshments served.
JCOGS Budget Training Workshop
Sunday, October 7, 4-5:30 p.m.
In order to help our committees and events create and stay on budgets, the JCOGS board is offering a budget training, led by Candace Elmquist. Everyone who runs anything that spends any money at JCOGS is strongly encouraged to attend, as we will be covering some new budgeting standards.
Please bring all your expenditures, budgets, and any other financial materials from the past two years.
Book Club at the home of Barbara Stern
Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 p.m.
We will now be meeting at either the home of a book club member or at a restaurant to discuss the month's book during our lunch. Our first meeting will be at Barbara Stern's home. We are looking for new members, so please feel free to join us! This month will be discussing the book "Moonglow" by Michael Chabon.
For directions, please call Barbara at 802-851-8488. For more information or if you want to join, please call Carole at 802-253-7408.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax