Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • JCOGS Strategic Planning - Including this Thursday/Tomorrow, September 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 5, 3:45 - 6:15 p.m. - First day of Olam Chesed
  • Friday, September 7, 6 p.m. - Shabbat services with Visual Artist and Educator Benny Ferdman
  • Saturday, September 8, noon - Vermont Pride Parade in Burlington
  • High Holy Days - Sun., Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. - Erev Rosh Hashanah; Mon., Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. - RH, Day 1; Tues., Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. - RH, Day 2
  • Friday, September 14, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Shuvah
  • Saturday, September 16, 9:30 a.m. - Latke Spuds Harvest at Sandiwood Farm and apple-picking
  • Saturday, September 16, 4-6:30 p.m. - Launch of Mitzvah!, our pre-b’nei mitzvah program for grades 7 and 8
  • 10-Minute Challenge
  • Lulav & Etrog
  • Got Sukkah?
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
JCOGS Strategic Planning
Including this Thursday/Tomorrow, September 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m
Our community has changed a great deal over the last few years. Not long ago, we didn’t have a full-time rabbi, and now we have a full calendar of religious observances, a plethora of social gatherings, and a children’s education program that is bursting with energy. Certainly all of this growth is exciting. As we plan for our future, it is important to pause and consider what we value in our community and how we would like to define ourselves in the years to come. To that end, the board has created a strategic planning committee to steward a community-wide self-examination and conversation.
The first step in a multi-pronged process will be focus groups, open to the entire community. Please choose one time that you can attend and RSVP to
September 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
October 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
(Note that our board and our teens will have separate opportunities to participate.)
If you will be gone after the High Holy Days, we hope you’ll be able to attend the first group on September 6.
This is an exciting process that will ultimately result in a practical set of attainable goals for our lay leaders, our staff, and our entire community. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
Olam Chesed - Classes begin TODAY!
Wednesday, September 5, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
Olam Chesed starts September 5th! We have an exciting year ahead of us! Have you registered yet? Register here

Welcome to the New Year! We will start the month of holy days with community-building games, stories, songs, and preparing for the season of our joy. Our morim/ teachers will lead us in exploring the familiar and learning about the new as we begin our theme, What is holiness?

Olam Chesed is looking for volunteers AND materials! You - yes YOU - can help.
Volunteer: We'd love to have teens and adults help us with Hebrew learning on Wednesday afternoons for some or all of the time between 3:30-6 and/or Sunday afternoons 4:00-6:30 . You need kindness and patience more than you need a lot of Hebrew! We have learners at all levels and different ways you can make a difference. Please reach out to . Let's chat about how fun it is to work with our kids!

Toys, such as legos and duplos, play kitchen contents, candyland, and picture books. Old fabric such as sheets and cotton buttoned shirts. Don't think about whether or how we'll use what you give us - we're really creative! If we don't end up using it we'll be sure to find it a good and worthy home. Thank you!
Shabbat Service with Visual Artist and Educator
Benny Ferdman
Friday, September 7, 6 p.m.
Special guest Benny Ferdman will deliver the sermon at our last Shabbat of the year before we light candles, using a slideshow and his own art as prompts for his talk. Benny will address “The Elephant in the Room,” a Jewish elephant that lumbers through time and space carrying a heavy castle on its back. The Yiddish word “shlos” means both castle and lock. Benny imagines that a precious Jewish archive is locked in the castle, an archive of memories, legends, traditions, folklore and folk art. He explores and interprets the contents of this archive in a constant process of “tshuvah,” response and return, looking backwards while moving forwards, seeking inspirations from the wonders of the past.
Ferdman is a visual artist and educator whose work focuses on the reclamation and reworking of cultural and historical iconography. He has participated in art residencies, commissions, museum exhibitions, and installations around the globe. He is co-founder and artistic director of Creative Ways, an organization that creates public art, exhibitions, multi-media installations, interdisciplinary arts programming,and educational curricula.
For more info: . Ferdman is the brother of JCOGS member Sara Tauben.
Vermont Pride Parade in Burlington
Saturday, September 8, noon
Join JCOGS and other Stowe-area faith-based organizations as we march together in the Vermont LGBTQ Pride Parade in Burlington. The parade extends from Church Street to Battery Park. Lineup is at 11:30 a.m. in the Hood Plant parking lot (on King Street, between Church St. and S. Winooski). Family-friendly festivities continue at Battery Park. Contact: Shoshana Frieden,
Come celebrate diversity and pride!
High Holy Days 2018 - 5779
The High Holy Days are here - join us!

Register for tickets and child supervision here . Let us know you will be joining us for break-the-fast so we can prepare RSVP by September .

If you would like to usher for one o r more service, please email Shona Reiter at .

High Holy Days ~ Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
An evening of story, prayer, and sweetness. Dessert oneg to follow service.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 Monday, Sept. 10
9:30 a.m. , service begins Marking the new year with great anticipation. Come for soaring music, words of wisdom, and deep connection.
10 a.m. , family Holy Day experience begins
Families with young children (7 and younger) gather in the tent for song, prayer, and activities while older children are engaged in regular services with a special High Holy Day discovery guide.
11 a.m. , children 8 and up meet on the lower level for an amazing T’shuvah Challenge! Supervision will be available for younger children on the playground (or in the tent if it rains).
12:45 p.m. , Tashlich and potluck lunch Grab your breadcrumbs and join us for JCOGS’s Tashlich service on the Stowe Recreation Path behind JCOGS, followed by a vegetarian potluck picnic in the JCOGS tent.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2 Tuesday, Sept. 11
9:30 a.m. , service
An intimate day of prayer and music in which we come more deeply into the season. This day’s D’var Torah/sermon will be given by JCOGS member Priscilla Minkin.

Kol Nidrei Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 19
9:30 a.m. , Yom Kippur service The heart of the day’s prayers of refection, forgiveness, and seeking a better life.
Around 11:30 a.m. , we will chant the private and public Yizkor prayers of our memorial service as we honor lost loved ones.
10 a.m. , family Holy Day experience begins
Families with young children (7 and younger) gather in the tent for song, prayer, and activities.
Older children are engaged in regular services with a special Holy Day discovery guide.
11 a.m. , children 8 and up meet on the lower level.
1:30 p.m. , afternoon learning session with Guest Rabbi Lev Friedman.
4 p.m ., silent Musaf and meditation
4:30 p.m. , yoga for Yom Kippur Led by JCOGS member Jacquie Mauer
5:30 p.m. , afternoon service (Mincha)
6:15 p.m. , closing service (Ne’ilah)
7:35 p.m. , Havdalah & break-the-fast prepared by Vermont Harvest. Please be sure to sign up here for this sponsored community meal. 

Supervision for young children will be provided throughout all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
16th Annual Food Drive
September 9 - 19
Please fill a bag or bags with non-perishables. Drop off boxes will be located in our Center's foyer when the building is open.
All proceeds collected will help meet the ongoing critical needs of the Lamoille Community Food Share, Inc.
Please double check expiration dates, as they cannot accept expired items.
If you are unable to bring in a food donation, checks can be mailed to: Lamoille Community Food Share. PO Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661.
Thanks in advance for your participation!
Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 14, 6 p.m.
This is a special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Come for some added refection and contemplation during these Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe, and stay for the oneg.
Latke Spuds Harvest at Sandiwood Farm and apple-picking
Saturday, September 16, 9:30 a.m.
JCOGS families gather on the farm to harvest the potatoes we planted in the spring for our Hanukkah latkes, then head to a nearby orchard to pick apples.
Launch of Mitzvah!
Saturday, September 4-6:30 p.m.
Join us for Mitzvah!, our pre-b’nei mitzvah program for grades 7 and 8, Parents and b’nei mitzvah gather for our first meeting. Light dinner will be served. Register here .
10-Minute Challenge
You can click here to use our online survey form.

This summer, we invite you to join the JCOGS community in a  10-Minute-Challenge:
     Let’s reach 100 members on the challenge through the High Holy Days!
Set an intention -  Ask yourself, how can your life be improved?
    Know that each and every one of us has something in our lives we wish to change.
Choose a practice -  Anything that you can sustain for 10-minutes every day...
    It’s about taking 10 minutes of time to connect with yourself, to notice, to be mindful.
The communal challenge  -  Connect with one another as well as with yourselves!
1. Take a card in the JCOGS foyer
2. Write down your intention and practice
3. Hang it from the railing with a provided clothespin
Etrog & Lulav
Sukkot will be here before you know it. Would you like to celebrate the holiday? JCOGS will be sending in a group order. Please call the office at 802-253-1800 to order your set no later than Friday, September 14. The cost will be $40 per set.
Got Sukkah?
Don't let the lack of time or building skills stop you from the mitzvah of having a sukkah. Check out the pop-up sukkot available at or on ebay here
Other Area Events
Mary Dingee Fillmore -
Remember & Resist: the Dutch Example
Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. 
Lanpher Memorial Library: 141 Main St., Hyde Park VT 

Contrary to the image that most Dutch people resisted the Nazis, only a small percentage actively participated - many of them women delivering messages or smuggling children to safety. What would they say if they could speak to us now? How are their decisions and struggles relevant today?  

Writer Mary Fillmore will explore how people decided to resist, what they actually did, and what the results were. We'll discuss how their courage can inspire people with a broad range of views.

This event is free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities.
A Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event hosted by Friends of the Lanpher Memorial Library.  Please contact the Friends of the Lanpher Memorial Library for more information at: or (802) 888-3639
"Becoming Dr. Ruth"
presented by Lost Nation Theater 39 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602
September 6 - 16
With a special educational lobby exhibition presented by: Vermont Holocaust Memorial
Exhibition viewing will be available 1 hour prior to each performance, as well as after the show. The Vermont Holocaust Memorial is pleased to offer our patrons and friends a special discount code: Apply code VTHM to save $5 on “General” tickets*
(* Except Thursday, 9/6 preview and Saturday, 9/8 matinee )
“Becoming Dr. Ruth” tickets available at:
Traveler's Circle presents: Wondering through Stories
Storytelling, Potluck & Birthday Celebration
for JCOGS member, Mark Laxer
Saturday, September 15, 5:00 p.m. 
At Story barn: 480 Hogback Road Cambridge, VT
All ages & voices are welcome.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax