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5K Race the Rabbi - Walk, Run, Cheer, Eat
TODAY - 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? Find out today! 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 $25 day-of; $10 for youth under 18.

Click HERE to sign up!

Join us across from the finish line for some burgers and beers at The Blue Donkey, owned by JCOGS members Jimmy Goldsmith and Kim Kaufman. For every $10 spent, $1 will be gifted to JCOGS.
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.

Special thanks to Edee Simon-Israel and Mark Israel for sponsoring this week's oneg in honor of their parents.
Stowe Jewish Film Festival Presents
Itzhak Presented as a part of Stowe Arts Week
Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 7:00: Itzhak
This is a 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 here or $15 at the door
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 gather 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.
Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, July 24
5:30-6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
Learn (more) Hebrew This Summer - We will be offering Adult Ed Hebrew classes this summer.

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 Continuing Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Enough , available on Amazon. Newcomers are welcomed, but please contact Lynne Gedanken, , for more information or if you would like to take the class.
Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
Tuesday, July 24, 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!
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.

Friday night services at 6 p.m., followed by a lecture and Q-and-A session over a VT Kosher catered dinner.

‘A National Home for the Jewish People – The Historical Roots of the Balfour Declaration’

A century ago, the British government announced its endorsement of a national home for the Jewish people. Why was this declaration issued in 1917, and how did it shape the Zionist movement on a world stage?

Saturday afternoon lecture from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
and participatory discussion with appetizers.

‘Israel and the World – The Balfour Declaration at 100’

Why is the Balfour Declaration still at the center of many conversations about Israel, Zionism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?We will explore the legacy of the Balfour Declaration in terms of its connection to Israel’s place in the global community.

Musical Shabbat Service followed by Catered Dinner
in Celebration of Carole & Steve Lichtenstein's 60th Anniversary
Friday, August 3, 6 p.m.
You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. for a very special musical Shabbat service and dinner as we celebrate Carole and Steve Lichtenstein's 60th wedding anniversary.

Carole and Steve have been members of JCOGS since its early days and have been key participants in making JCOGS the wonderful community that it is.

We hope that you will be able to join in celebrating this simcha!

Please RSVP no later than July 30, so that we may have an accurate headcount.
iEngage - A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series Led by Rabbi David
 Thursdays, August 16 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we are pleased to bring the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into JCOGS beginning this summer.

iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings explores the pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. This iEngage series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.

Each session includes text study and discussion led by Rabbi David, and video lectures and roundtable discussions with leading Hartman scholars.

The first two sessions: Thursdays, August 16 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

RSVP HERE or call 802-253-1800 to order your course packet.

Cost to cover materials: $25.
Community Mosaic Mural Workshop
Sunday and Monday, August 26-27, 12-4 p.m.
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 to assure a spot in this unique community-building workshop. Spaces are still available. Not to be missed!
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