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  • Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Monday, Dec. 10 - Hanukkah Boutique now open
  • Friday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. - Shabbat services and birthday celebration of Dr. Gretchen Rous Besser
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - Shacharit morning services + Claudia Woodward's bat mitzvah + veggie potluck
  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 3-6 p.m. A Family Hanukkah Gathering in the Mad River Valley
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:45 p.m. - Olam Chesed Family Candle-Lighting and inaugural lighting of the Indian Hanukkiah
  • Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. - Hanukkah Shabbat Friday night services + oneg
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, - Kinderlach & Gesher + community sing-along and potluck
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. - Share the Light: Hanukkah Party & Benefit concert at Zenbarn
  • Sunday, Dec. 9, 3-6 p.m. - JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening + The Iron Chef Cookoff...The secret ingredient is...(scroll down)
  • Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. - 2018 Documentary film, "RBG"
  • Staged Play Reading - Rescheduled, check back for new date
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Hanukkah Boutique
Tuesday, November 27 - Monday, December 10
The First Night of Hanukkah is Sunday, Dec. 2. JCOGS’s fabulous Hanukkah Boutique will be available Tuesday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Dec. 10, including extended shopping hours during Olam Chesed on Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. You’ll find beautiful dreidels, gelt, candles, menorahs, tchotchkes for the children, Hanukkah wrapping paper, Hanukkah cards, and jewelry. Children love giving their friends a small dreidel and bag of gelt to share the holiday with others.
For more information: 802-253-1800, or Barbara Bauman at 802-999-6370, .
Shabbat services and birthday celebration of
Dr. Gretchen Rous Besser
Friday, November 30, 6 p.m.
Dr. Gretchen Rous Besser is one of our founding, cherished members. We honor Gretchen’s devotion to JCOGS as we celebrate her 90th birthday in this one-of-a-kind service and oneg. Rabbi Brian Besser and Rabbi David will co-lead a moving service.
Special thanks to the Besser family who will sponsor this week’s oneg in honor of the milestone birthday.
Claudia Woodward's Bat Mitzvah and Vegetarian Potluck
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Claudia Woodward
Come join Claudia and the JGOGS Mitzvah! class for the Shabbat Service on December 1, 2018 to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Bat Mitzvah that she never had... There will be singing. Maybe dancing. Definitely refreshments...
Service 10am - 12pm, followed by a vegetarian potluck celebration.
No gifts please! However, if you would care to make a donation to the JCOGS Mitzvah! or Olam Chesed programs, it would be greatly appreciated:
Please RSVP HERE so we know how many bagels to order.
A Family Hanukkah Gathering in the Mad River Valley
Sunday, December 2, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS and the Mad River Valley Jewish Community team up for this big celebration! Held at the Waitsfield Church on Rte 100, there’s fun for all-ages: Storytelling, Menorah lighting, latke eating, singing, dreidel playing, and more.
Sign up and RSVP HERE .
Olam Chesed Family Candle-Lighting and inaugural lighting of the Indian Hanukkiah
Wednesday, December 5, 5:45 p.m.
Hanukkah Shabbat Friday night services + oneg
Friday, December 7, 6 p.m.
We will light candles, sing contemporary and old Hanukkah songs, and enjoy latkes with our oneg.
Kinderlach & Gesher
Saturday, December 8, 9:30-11 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Program for young families of children ages birth to 7. We'll continue our exploration of the sweetness of Shabbat focusing on miracles and Hanukkah! As always, we'll sing, move, play and learn some Hebrew.
Share the Light: Hanukkah Party & Benefit concert at Zenbarn
Saturday, December 8, 5:30-10 p.m.
Back by popular demand (this event sold out last year!), Vermont’s Jewish communities are organizing a Vermont-wide Hanukkah party at one of our local premiere food and music venues, ZenBarn in Waterbury. The night features a delicious holiday buffet with gourmet latkes and mediterranean-inspired dishes, plus a community menorah-lighting ceremony. Following the meal there will be a world-class Klezmer band, Klezwoods.  This year, part of the proceeds from the night and the silent auction (with some amazing prizes, from tzochkes to massage to ski passes) will again support the emergency fuel assistance program at Capstone Community Action, a program that partners with local fuel dealers to provide emergency support to those in dire need to stay warm through the winter. Join in as we eat, drink, schmooze, and dance the night away. Doors open at 5:30pm. Hanukkah Buffet served from 6-8pm. 21+. $45 includes dinner and the show!

Tickets now available here .  

The night’s menu - APPS: Matzo ball soup, hummus, tabouli, baba ganoush, and flatbread. MAINS: Potato and sweet potato latkes with special dips, roasted salmon with roasted fennel and parsley pistou, Israeli couscous with feta and parsley, spiced roasted garlic carrots, mixed green salad. DESSERT: Jam filled traditional doughnuts

This event is presented by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) in partnership with Jewish Communities of Vermont, Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier, Ruach haMaqom in Burlington, Ohavi Zedek in Burlington, Temple Sinai Vermont in South Burlington, Living Tree Alliance in Moretown, Roots and Trails, and Hadassah VT.

Special bonus for your community: Shop at Stowe Craft Design Center or Stowe Craft Gallery and mention JCOGS during the days of Hanukkah and the Fishmans will donate 15% of your purchase to support this event. Thank you Fishmans and thank you shoppers!
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening + The Iron Chef Cookoff...The secret ingredient is...(scroll down)
Sunday, December 9, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS Community Hanukkah Happening and the eagerly awaited IRON CHEF COMPETITION!

Miracles, hope, and standing up for your rights. Come celebrate the joyous Festival of Lights through games, song, drama, and, of course, the 4th annual Iron Chef contest. The secret ingredient for the Iron Chef this year is....SOUR CREAM! Make your delicious goodies and bring them in to see if your treat can win a prize! Bring your favorite Hanukkiah (menorah). We’ll use oil from the land of the Maccabees to rejoice in lighting the antique Indian Hanukkiah gifted to us this past summer.
2018 Documentary Film "RBG"
Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m.
"RBG" chronicles the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which spans several decades, and how she developed a legal legacy while becoming a pop culture icon. The film is a biographical depiction of Ginsburg from her birth in Brooklyn, New York, her college education and subsequent career as a law professor, her appointment to the federal judiciary by President Jimmy Carter, and eventual appointment to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. The film includes interviews with feminist icon Gloria Steinem and NPR's Nina Totenberg on Ginsburg's trailblazing career focused on women's rights, as well as showing Ginsburg’s playful side as she engages in jovial banter with the late arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. 

This presentation is free, accessible, and open to the public. 
Refreshments will be served.
Staged Play Reading
Rescheduled, check back for new date
JCOGS will be hosting a staged reading of a new play, "8 Nights," by Jennifer Maisel. The reading is to benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS ). If you are interested in taking part in this special project, please email . Thank you.
Other Area Events
Healthy Lamoille Valley Coalition Meeting Creating Supportive Environments for LGBTQIA+ Youth featuring Mara Iverson of Outright VT
Monday, December 3, 6-7:30 p.m.
Hazen Union High School Library in Hardwick, VT
Local data shows us that LGBTQIA+ youth experience higher rates of risk factors than their peers. Come Join us and learn how we can create more inclusive environments and provide these students with the support they need and deserve.
Open to all Lamoille Valley families and beyond!
Free gift for each family that attends. Light refreshments provided.
RSVP on .
Do you have an interest in sharing your story about being Jewish in Vermont? Erica Andrus, the Director for Jewish Studies at the University of Vermont, is leading a research project in connection with a “Judaism in America” course that involves collecting a variety of oral histories of Jews in Vermont. She is looking for participants who would be willing to either meet in person or chat via phone/skype with a student at some point next semester 1-2 times for about an hour. Ideally, this research will eventually develop into an on-going project to create a library of recordings or written reports that will be archived at the VT Folklife Center with the interviewee’s consent.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact Bonnie Tursky at by December 7. You may also contact Professor Andrus directly at .
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax