Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Lamoille Community House - Volunteers Needed
  • Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. - Shabbes in the Shtetl with Janie Respitz + Potluck
  • Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. - 2018 Documentary Film, "RBG"
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 12:30 p.m. - Book Club Meeting
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. - Increase the Light: A Singing Experience
  • Friday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat + Solstice Services + Oneg
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. - Torah Study
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The First Annual Non-Competitive Board Game Competition
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 2-7 p.m. - Red Cross Blood Drive at JCOGS
  • Saturday, Jan. 4, 4:15-5:15 p.m. - Après Ski Yoga
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Lamoille Community House - Volunteers Needed
The Lamoille Community House (of which JCOGS is a partner) opened last night, December 12, on an ongoing basis as a temporary adult shelter at the Plaza Hotel in Northgate Plaza, Morrisville. 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.
Shabbes in the Shtetl with Janie Respitz + Potluck
Friday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Join us for Shabbes in the Shtetl Friday night services with Janie Respitz, followed by a potluck dinner. Musical and talented Montreal guest Janie Respitz will recreate the joyous atmosphere of the Holy Sabbath through stories, folktales, and song. After services, bring your favorite vegetarian Eastern European potluck dinner dish and stay for a musical, interactive lecture by Janie about Yiddish music. Janie Respitz has a master’s degree in Yiddish language
and literature. For the past 25 years she has performed in concerts around the world and taught courses relating to Yiddish language, folklore, literature, and Eastern European Jewish history. She is also a singer of Yiddish songs, and often incorporates her singing into her courses and lectures, sharing her lifelong passion with her students and audiences.
2018 Documentary Film "RBG"
Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m.
"RBG" chronicles the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which spans several decades, and how she developed a legal legacy while becoming a pop culture icon. The film is a biographical depiction of Ginsburg from her birth in Brooklyn, New York, her college education and subsequent career as a law professor, her appointment to the federal judiciary by President Jimmy Carter, and eventual appointment to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. The fil m inclu des interviews with feminist icon Gloria Steinem and NPR's Nina Totenberg on Ginsburg's trailblazing career focused on women's rights, as well as showing Ginsburg’s playful side as she engages in jovial banter with the late arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. 

This presentation is free, accessible, and open to the public. 
Refreshments will be served.
Book Club Meeting (at the home of Ellen Gibs)
Wednesday, December 19, 12:30 p.m.
The book club will be meeting for lunch and a discussion of "The Warburgs" by Ron Chernow at the home of Ellen Gibs on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 12:30 p.m. We are looking for new members, so please join us if you can. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Carole Lichtenstein at (802) 253-7408.
Increase the Light: A Singing Experience
NEW LOCATION: Spruce Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, December 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Calling all who wish to bring more love into our communities! In light of the Pittsburgh shooting, Rabbi David Fainsilber and the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe seek to bring people together in love to create song within community as you have never experienced before. Young and old, come stand with us — come sing with us! Make this your first time up on stage at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center as we learn the simplified arrangement of a song “Light is Returning/Banish the Darkness” and then sing it to produce a sound about bringing more light to ourselves, our communities, and our greater world. No need to be a superb singer; you just need to bring your love of singing. The final artistic product? An amazing video of the experience (featuring you) that will be promoted world-wide, with the backdrop of soulful voices and increased light.

Donations will be accepted for the Helen Day Art Center and Stowe Free Library ’s recovery from a recent burst pipe, as well as HIAS –– Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society ––  a refugee resettlement program in the U.S., an organization supported by the Tree of Life Synagogue and one of the reasons that congregation was attacked.

Presented by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, with our partners at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, the Helen Day Art Center, Stowe Performing Arts, and the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, including St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe Community Church, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe, and Bahá'ís of Stowe. Special thanks to Stowe Media Group and the Stowe Reporter.

For more information, contact JCOGS at (802) 253-1800 or .
Kabbalat Shabbat + Solstice services + oneg
Friday, December 21, 6 p.m.
In the heart of darkest winter, come celebrate the light of Shabbat.
Torah Study
Saturday, December 22, 10 a.m.
Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s wisdom.
The First Annual Non-Competitive Board Game Competition
Tuesday, December 25, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Whether you're coming off the slopes or rolling out of bed, join us for Scrabble, chess, Clue, and our JCOGS president's favorite--A Ticket to Ride. If we're lucky, we may even have a multi-generational D&D game going. Bring your board games, a vegetarian dish or nosh to share, and your out-of-town guests.
Red Cross Blood Drive at JCOGS
Thursday, December 27, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Practice the mitzvah of saving a life. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. To schedule an appointment to donate, please call
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit .
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
Other Area Events
An Important Letter from the Jewish Communities of Vermont
AN IMPORTANT MEETING, requested by the Vermont State Police (VSP), and convened by Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT) was held in Burlington on Wednesday, December 5.
The meeting was requested by VSP to give Director Col. Matthew Birmingham an opportunity to explain his decision to cancel his participation in an Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-sponsored trip to Israel to participate in a training mission for law-enforcement officials. Read more about JCVT's response to this meeting  here .
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