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Stowe Jewish Film Festival Presents
Monkey Business, The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m.
The Stowe Jewish Film Festival is back for the third year!

Thursday, July 12, 7:00: Monkey Business, The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
Hans and Margret Rey, German Jews, began writing Curious George while fleeing the Nazis.

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00: Itzhak Presented as a part of Stowe Arts Week.
This is warm, personal, and loving portrayal of world renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman.

Thursday, August 9, 7:00: Shekinah Rising
It is said that the Shekinah, the feminine aspect of God, must rise before the Messiah can come. This film follows the aspirations of several young Hasidic women.

Thursday, August 23, 7:00: On The Map
A riveting against-all-odds story of the Tel-Aviv basketball team taking the European Championship in 1977.

All screenings at JCOGS, 1189 Cape Cod Road, Stowe, Vermont
Purchase tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door

Or become a festival sponsor at $90 per person with reserved seating for all films.
Musical Shabbat, Vegetarian Potluck, and Concert with Klezmer Band Beyond the Pale
Friday, July 13, 6 p.m.
T oronto-based klezmer band Beyond the
Pale will join Rabbi David and our JCOGS musicians for a special Musical Shabbat, followed by a vegetarian potluck meal and a klezmer
concert at 7:30 p.m.

Bring your dancing shoes!

This year Beyond the Pale celebrates their
20th anniversary, and we are thrilled to be a stop on their summer tour. Inspired by
Klezmer and Balkan styles but influenced by everything from jazz and classical music to bluegrass, newgrass, and reggae, Beyond the Pale’s music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape.

Click here to RSVP, let us know if you would like to become a sponsor for this musical extravaganza!
RSVP by Friday, July 13
Community Mosaic Mural Workshop
Sunday and Monday, August 26-27, 12 - 4 p.m.
Community members will come together this summer to create a welcoming mosaic mural at JCOGS. We have commissioned artist Bette Ann Libby to head up this project.

During a two-day workshop Aug. 26-27, participants will create a mosaic on the theme Olam Chesed, a world of loving-kindness. This permanent mosaic mural, 54-by-48 inches wide, will be installed on the wall above the stairwell in the JCOGS lobby.

Bette Ann is passionate about the creative experience as a vehicle for community connectivity. To view her recent work visit: .

The adult mosaic workshops will take place Sunday and Monday, Aug. 26-27, from 12 to 4 p.m. at JCOGS. Participants will learn cutting, cementing, and grouting techniques. Participation fees are sliding scale $100-$180 per person; however, scholarships are available through the Rabbi’s fund. To make this mosaic a reality, there are also sponsorship levels available: Mensch $250 and Sage $360.

Whether you can join for one or both days,  please RSVP HERE by July 13  to assure a spot in this unique community-building workshop.

Not to be missed!
Family Fun Camping Trip at Elmore State Park
Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15
Join us for a day of swimming, hiking, and relaxing in Vermont’s beautiful Elmore State Park. Stay for the day or overnight.

At 11 a.m. we will gather for lunch (provided by JCOGS) and enjoy creat ing connections with families of all ages. You can hang out at the b each, hike on
the trails (don’t forget your boots!), or engage in
a fun activity with Beth.

At 5 p.m. we’ll enjoy a vegetarian potluck dinner at “Fir” campsite, followed by stories and music with Rabbi David and s’mores! Bring your favorite campfire stories and songs to teach and share.

After Havdalah at 9 p.m., we’ll have a kumzitz for teen s and adults.
We look forward to sharing a bit of Vermont’s summer magic with you!

If you have questions, please contact Courtney at .
For campsite reservations visit: . The JCOGS base will be located at campsites “Fir” and T20.
Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, July 17
4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Beginning Hebrew
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
Learn (more) Hebrew This Summer - We will be offering two Adult Ed Hebrew classes this summer. 

For those who want to learn the Aleph Bet and begin to read phonetically in order to follow services in Hebrew, Beginning Hebrew will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:25 pm. 

For those who have taken the beginning course or can read phonetically, and want to learn to read more fluidly and learn more of the vocabulary of our prayers (and a bit of modern Hebrew as well), Continuing Hebrew will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:45 pm. 

The text for Beginning Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Tough and the text for Continuing Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Enough . The books are available on Amazon. Newcomers are welcomed, but please contact Lynne Gedanken, , for more information or if you would like to take either class.
Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.
Been in awe of those folks chanting Torah? You too can be part of the action! We will be offering a free class in leyning (chanting Torah) this summer through July. One-to-one tutoring will also be available at no cost.
Contact Claudia Woodward at or 802-933-2284 to sign up!
5K Race the Rabbi
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m.
Meet at JCOGS, then walk across to the recreation path for the start
Are you faster than the rabbi? On July 18, find out! Put your body to the test when you race against Rabbi David up the Stowe Recreation Path. Come support JCOGS programming. Ten percent of proceeds will go to a charity chosen by the winner and Rabbi David. Bragging rights are owned solely by the winner.
Adults $20 in advance ($25 day-of); $10 for youth under 18.
Click HERE to sign up!
Shabbat Service
Friday, July 20, 6 p.m.
Come early and stay late! Every Shabbat you
are invited to join us for a glass of wine at 5:30
p.m. before services and stay afterward for our
enhanced oneg.
Erev Tisha B'av and the Way of Anti-Semitism
Saturday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.
This is one of the most important holidays of the Jewish year. Join with community in a candlelit service commemorating the past calamities that have befallen the Jewish people. We will learn about the ways that anti-Semitism has rampantly shaped our history and continues to do so, as we chant the ancient words of Eicha/Lamentations. Please bring blankets or seat pads to sit on, as well as flashlights, as we in tradition to sit on the ground, for those who are able.
An Evening of "Tzimmes in Vermont"
Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Night out and shared meal at Alison’s home (our Rebbetzin)

Who: You and your friends!

What: Join Alison at her home in Morrisville for a night out —eating delicious foods from our very own JCOGS cookbook, “Tzimmes in Vermont.”

Back in 2001, many of our JCOGS members initiated this collection of favorite recipes of our community and published “Tzimmes in Vermont: A Cookbook,”which benefited our religious school. A copy of the cookbook is available in the JCOGS office for you to browse and make copies from, or you can purchase a cookbook for $18.
Where: To get directions and to RSVP, email . Let us know you are coming and what you are making.

RSVP by July 16 (for those who RSVP, more details will follow).

Why: It’s going to be delicious and fun. And you can try out a new recipe or bring
one of your favorites.

What you can bring: Bring a vegetarian or parve food to share, prepared from a
recipe in “Tzimmes in Vermont.” (Note: not all of the recipes in the cookbook are
vegetarian or parve). We will supply the wine.
Shabbaton with Jonathan Golden, PhD
Friday and Saturday, July 27-28
Please join us for a special Shabbaton with Jonathan Golden, PhD, as we mark Israel’s milestones. Inspired by the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage curriculum, “Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings,” Jonathan Golden will bring our congregation into a conversation about these seminal moments and their con-
tinued impact. Jonathan is the Israel curriculum coordinator and an American history teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham, Massachusetts.

RSVP for one or both days here:
Save the Date
Friday, August 3, 6 p.m.
Please join JCOGS in celebrating Carole and Steve Lichtenstein's 60th wedding anniversary at Shabbat services on August 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. A special dinner celebrating these long-time members catered by Vermont Kosher will follow services.
Raffle Conclusion
The JCOGS raffle reached its successful conclusion on Monday. Ellen Gibs was the lucky winner of Red Sox tickets, and Ryan Romano won Canadiens tickets. We’re grateful to all our prize donors, including AJs Ski and Sports, The Bagel, Jasper Hill Farm, Sandiwood Farm, and several personal donations. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets!
Help Keep Our Commitment To Refugees
Last year, JCOGS joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign in support of refugees and asylum seekers. In the face of heartbreaking news about family separation and fam ilies seeking asylum, it is critical that we stand up and be heard. Despite the recent executive, over 2000 children who were separated from their families have still not been reunited with them. We can all do something to help repair the world. These are some of the many ways that you can help. 
Sign Petitions - HIAS has a petition ( ) addressed to Jeff Sessions urging him to preserve our asylum system. A Declaration of Moral Emergency by the Jewish Community is being circulated by Bend the Arc: Jewish Action ( ). Both of these are a just a click away.
Demonstrate - Attend demonstrations in support of families seeking asylum and reuniting families what have been separated. Upcoming local demonstrations include the following: 
Parents and children protest DOJ's policies in co-ordination with a similar protest in DC on Thursday, June 27 in Burlington with letters and pictures. Meet at Vermont Interfaith Action's office at 152 Pearl St, Burlington at 9:15 am sharp and continue to the Federal building to deliver the letters and pictures to US Attorney Christina Nolan. For more info contact Grace Oedel, Executive Director of Ohavi Zedek at
Join the June 30 Day of Action. There will be a march in Burlington at 10 am on Saturday, June 30 from the top of Church St to Battery Park. This is one of  over 600 demonstrations taking place across the country on Saturday. See  for more info. Contact Lynne Gedanken if you need a ride or can offer one at .
Donate - Many organizations can use our skills and our funds. HIAS has more ways that we can help at . Some other organizations include: 
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) - protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney:
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project - providing asylum seekers with legal aid and community support across the country
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax