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JCOGS Office Hrs: Mon 10-4; Tue 12-4; Wed 10:00-6:30; Thurs 1-3; Fri 10-4 or by appt.
To help us make our security plans a reality, we need everyone to donate to our March appeal. We want to get 100% participation from our members. Whether you give $18 or $180, please be part of this important fundraising appeal. The world has shifted, but our commitment to JCOGS has never been stronger.

To read President Emily Rosenbaum's full letter, please click here .
Did you know that everything is episdn uʍop? At least once a year with Purim, that crazy holiday of debauchery and costumes. Come as you are, and as you want to be, to this most secular Shabbat. Israeli classics and Yiddish favorites will be featured by our JCOGS band and Spontaneous Jewish Choir. Wear your best hat and stay for the funky oneg with El Toro. 
Chair Repair
Sunday, March 17, 4 p.m.  
Our floor protectors aren’t protecting our floors; in fact, they’re scratching them. We need a posse with screwdrivers to take the plastic floor protectors off all our chairs and put on non-scratchy felt ones. If you have tools, bring along a Phillip’s head screwdriver, vice grips, a drill with Phillip's head bits, and a flat head screwdriver. The work won’t take long, but our floors will benefit for years to come. RSVP or just show up:
Purim Festival
Wednesday, March 20, 4-6 p.m.  
Join us for a Purim Festival to remember. There’ll be drama. There’ll be laughs! And there’ll be lots of fun and hamantaschen. Come in costume to the ancient city of Shushan and enjoy a low-tech old-time classic puppet show. Discover what an Adloyada is. Bring a yummy vegetarian dish to share for the *potluck dinner. 

*Please list your ingredients and place by your dish and also make sure no peanuts or peanut products are used. Thank you!
The Core of Shabbat: An Abbreviated Service + Schmooze
Friday, March 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., appetizers, wine + schmoozing; 6:30-7:15 p.m., abbreviated Friday night service; 7:15 p.m., enhanced Oneg
At this Core of Shabbat experience, we will pray the most integral parts of the service, sandwiched by some delightful schmoozing with food + wine + old + new friends. 
Torah Study
Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.
Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s
The Megillah of Itzik Manger
Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.
Join Janie Respitz in her one-woman show performing a parody on the Story of Purim by the great Yiddish Poet Itzik Manger. The narration will be in English while all songs will be sung in Yiddish.
Community Prayer Gathering at JCOGS
Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m.
The Lamoille County Clergy Group, feeling an urgent need to pray for our community, nation, and world at this critical time, will sponsor a monthly Community Prayer Gathering to be held at member congregations. Come represent JCOGS as we host this month. All are welcome.
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, July 18 Sandiwood Farm will host a Dinner at the Farm in support of JCOGS. 
There are only a few dinners at Sandiwood each year, and you won’t want to miss the most sought-after summer event in the Lamoille Valley. It’s a never-to-be-missed experience on one of the most beautiful pieces of working land imaginable. Mark your calendars now for our big summer fundraiser, and be sure to watch for tickets to go on sale. (Volunteers who want to help plan should email )
2nd Annual VTHM "Educate the Educators" Workshop:
Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at JCOGS 
Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM) in conjunction with Echoes & Reflections (a joint program of the ADL, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem) offers a very important, timely professional development opportunity for Vermont educators: "Spotlight on Contemporary Anti-Semitism."
Registration and more information:
Fri. & Sat., April 5 & 6, Shabbaton; Sun., April 7, Conference 
Rabbi David is helping lead Friday services and Saturday morning offerings. We will celebrate our summit theme — In Search of Our Jewish Identity: Telling Our Stories . All ages are welcome to come for a day or stay the weekend. Let know if you are considering joining. 
And register at .
Second Night of Passover with Rabbi David
Saturday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.
All are invited!
Passover Fun For Young Families
3:30 to 5 p.m.
For children ages birth to 7 and their families
An afternoon of games, movement, music, and delicious ritual foods!
Community Seder
5:30 p.m.
For all ages
All are encouraged to attend this interactive, participatory, and delicious seder, catered by Vermont Harvest Catering. Special programming for children will be provided.

RSVP HERE on or before April 8 for best pricing.
Lamoille Community House: Volunteers Requested
Thank you so much for your continuing support for the Lamoille Valley homeless! We will be closing April 15 and we still need dinner donors for the last few weeks of our shelter season. If you are able to help, please go to our dinner calendar and pick a date(s) in March or April that works for you. We are also looking for evening volunteers. Your great participation is one measure of our success and we look forward to hearing from both new and returning meal contributors.
Other Area Events
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. | Northern Vermont University | Johnson, 207 Bentley
You Are Invited to the Lamoille Film Launch of
DOWNSTREAM is a one hour documentary film featuring the compelling stories of those left behind when a parent goes to prison. Vermont children and caregivers who have received services from the Resilience Beyond Incarceration (RBI) program at the Lamoille Restorative Center share their experiences. A panel discussion will follow the film.
To see the movie trailer go to:
For more information contact Tricia Long at or 888-0538.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax