Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Friday, Dec. 28, 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat with Rabbi David + catered oneg with childminding. Please RSVP
  • Good news! Lamoille Community House was approved in Hyde Park!
  • 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
  • Other Area Events
  • JCOGS office will be closed Mon. - Tues., Dec. 31 - Jan 1. Enjoy a happy (secular) New Year!
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Musical Shabbat with Rabbi David + catered oneg with childminding - RSVP here
Friday, December 28, 6:00 p.m.
All out-of-town visitors, friends, and locals: Join us on Shabbat for your winter break. At our Musical Shabbats, we come together in prayer, chant, and meditation, tapping into ancient words and new and old melodies. We come to find out what happens when prayer has the potential to move us toward joy and transformation. Childminding provided for young children. Please RSVP to let us know you're coming: HERE .
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. 
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.
Other Area Events
December 31, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library | 235 College St | Burlington, VT
Free event
Play the beat of your heart, feel the heartbeat of the world. Join our community drum circle — everybody plays a drum!
Saragail Benjamin will lead us as we play together and weave story, rhythm, and song into a totally interactive “Big Bang” celebration. We’ll play world rhythms and stories on diverse instruments, honoring the richness of all the wonderful communities of the world. Join us as we laugh and play, starting the new year with music, understanding, peace, and FUN! Play our drums or bring your own! 
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Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax