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Stowe Jewish Film Festival Presents
the final film of the season: On The Map
THIS Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m.
A riveting against-all-odds story of the Tel-Aviv basketball team taking the European Championship in 1977.

A fun and exciting sports-related film for the whole family and
everyone who loves Israel.

Final Film Bonus: the feel-good short film, Wendy's Shabbat, will be shown right before On the Map .

All screenings at JCOGS, 1189 Cape Cod Road, Stowe, Vermont

Purchase tickets: $10 in advance here or $15 at the door. Students welcome free of charge, but please RSVP .
Special Musical Shabbat celebrating Israel at 70
 with Rabbi David and Israeli musicians Arnon and Hamutal Zimra
Friday, August 24, 6 p.m.
Our enhanced oneg this evening will be sponsored by our friends from the Mad River Jewish Community. Hamutal and Arnon Zimra of Tel Aviv will join Rabbi David for a musical journey welcoming Shabbat with melodies inspired by Ladino, Yiddish, and other influences which have shaped the rich and diverse Israeli musical scene.

Join us for this musical evening!

Both Hamutal and Arnon are academy-trained musicians and composers: her specialty is Balkan music, choral arrangements and the Music for Peace project; he is an accomplished modern jazz composer, arranger of classical music, producer, and member of Spheres Duo. Together they have produced the album, “Hi Li Lu Li - Music for a Good Night,” a collection of classic Israeli and world music for parents to sing to their children, and they have brought the Bulgarian choral group, Danitsa, to Israel for a series of concerts and masterclasses.
Community Mosaic Mural Workshop
Sunday and Monday, August 26-27, 12-4 p.m.
Lite foods will be served. People are invited to bring something to share with others.

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 let us know you plan to join in this unique community-building workshop. Spaces are still available. Not to be missed!
Adult Education - Continuing Hebrew Class
Tuesday, August 28, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
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.
iEngage - A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series Led by Rabbi David
 Thursday, August 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand, Jonathan Golden PhD, who joined us for a wonderful Shabbaton in July, will join our August iEngage workshops via video conference. He and Rabbi David will facilitate these engaging sessions.

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. Please join us for our second class on Thursday, August 30.

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.

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

Cost to cover materials: $25.

Lite foods will be served. People are invited to bring something to share with others.
10-Minute Challenge
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
High Holy Days 2018 - 5779
The High Holy Days are upon us. Book your time off work. Mark your calendars. Join us!

Register for tickets, child supervision, Yizkor book, or Break-the-Fast here .

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

Selichot Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 Monday, Sept. 10
9:30 a.m., service
10:00 a.m., children’s services
12:45 p.m., Tashlich and potluck lunch

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2 Tuesday, Sept. 11
9:30 a.m., service

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

Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 19
9:30 a.m., Yom Kippur service (incl. Yizkor)
10 a.m., children’s services
1:30 p.m., afternoon learning session
4 p.m., silent Musaf and meditation
4:30 p.m., Yoga for Yom Kippur
5:30 p.m., afternoon service (Mincha)
6:15 p.m., closing service (Ne’ilah)
7:35 p.m., Havdalah and Break-the-fast

Supervision for young children will be provided throughout all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
Olam Chesed Corner
Olam Chesed starts September 5th! We have an exciting year ahead of us! Have you registered yet? Register here

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!
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
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax