Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Design Committee
  • Friday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. – Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service + Potluck
  • Friday, Mar. 1, 6 p.m. – Shabbat Service
  • Sunday, Mar. 3, 2 p.m. – A History of the Concept of Race, a Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau Event Hosted by JCOGS
  • Monday, Mar. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. – Torah on Tap: Hot Topics with Rabbi David
  • Sunday, Mar. 17, 4 p.m. – Chair Repair
  • Wednesday, Mar. 20, 4 p.m. – PUR!M at Olam Chesed with Modern Times Theater
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – 2nd Annual VTHM "Educate the Educators" Workshop: Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism at JCOGS
  • Stowe Jewish Film Festival Survey
  • Lamoille Community House – Seeking Volunteers
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
JCOGS office hours: Mon. 10-4; Tue. 12-4; Wed. 10-6:30; Thurs. 1-3; Fri. 10-4 or by appt.
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Design Committee
Do you have a good eye for design? Are you passionate about keeping our JCOGS building beautiful? The design committee is looking for new members, if you’re interested please send an email to jcogs@jcogs.org .
Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service + Potluck
Friday, February 22, 6 p.m.
Do you crave more English when you pray? 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. Bring a vegetarian dish to share for the oneg.
Shabbat Service
Friday, March 1, 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.
A History of the Concept of Race, A VT Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event hosted by JCOGS
Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.
The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth; Native Americans, Europeans, South Asians, and North Africans together were considered a second race. How did such a bizarre distinction among groups of people develop into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world?

Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Torah on Tap: Hot Topics with Rabbi David
Monday, March 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  
Come make some sense of this crazy world, while grabbing a drink and nosh with your rabbi. We’ll enjoy some Torah and tasty grub at von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall (1333 Luce Hill Rd, Stowe). The hot topic: “Can we talk? Wisdom on civility for the Twitter age.” First round and appetizers are on Rabbi David.
Chair Repair
Monday, March 17, 4 p.m.  
Our floor protectors aren’t protecting our floors; in fact, they’re scratching them. We need a posse with screwdrivers to take the plastic floor protectors off all our chairs and put on non-scratchy felt ones. If you have tools, bring along a Phillip’s head and a flat head screwdriver. The work won’t take long, but our floors will benefit for years to come. RSVP or just show up: jcogs@jcogs.org
PUR!M at Olam Chesed with Modern Times Theater
Wednesday, March 20, 4 p.m.
Join us for a Purim Festival to remember. There’ll be drama. There’ll be laughs! And there’ll be lots of fun and
hamantaschen. Come in costume to the ancient city of Shushan and enjoy a low-tech old-time classic Punch and
Judy show. Discover what an Adloyada is. Bring a yummy vegetarian dish to share for the potluck dinner.
2nd Annual VTHM "Educate the Educators" Workshop:
Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at JCOGS 
How do we help students understand that anti-Semitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust?
What do students need to know in order to recognize anti-Semitism today and to stand up to all forms of hate?

Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM) in conjunction with Echoes & Reflections (a joint program of the ADL, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem) offers a very important, timely professional development opportunity for Vermont educators. "Spotlight on Contemporary Anti-Semitism" explores classroom methods to support effective teaching of contemporary anti-Semitism, its global reach, and its expression in the form of hate speech, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust.

Cost: $50
Registration and more information: HolocaustMemorial-VT.org/2019-workshop
Every summer, the Stowe Jewish Film Festival brings a remarkable selection of Jewish films to our area. We’re fortunate to have such a world-class arts event here in our area, and we need your input to continue making it special. Please help us plan a fourth successful festival by filling out our survey. www.surveymonkey.com/r/5P756LD
Lamoille Community House: Volunteers Requested
A shelter needs to be a safe harbor from the storm of homelessness. Our objective is to connect all of our guests with the Lamoille Housing Team, as well as to form alliances between guests and service providers. Our staff is working with guests to create a safe communal living space. Volunteers are needed to bring in dinner and to assist staff and guests daily 5:00-7:00pm .

Visit https://lamoillecommunityhouse.weebly.com to volunteer (click on CORE volunteer and view calendar openings). Please contact Jacquie Mauer at jmauer@goodsamaritanhaven.org withany questions.
Other Area Events
Mah Jongg Night
Saturday, Feb. 23, 5-8 p.m.
Celebrating the Jewish and Chinese bond over Mah Jongg with a viewing of the film, “The Tiles that Bind”, a dinner of Chinese food, and some Mah Jongg.
At Beth Jacob | 10 Harrison Ave | Montpelier | Tickets: $15 bethjacobvt.org
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax