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Red Sox Raffle
Get your Red Sox Raffle tickets now before the time runs out!

Drawing held on Monday, July 9 at the JCOGS Annual BBQ.

Grand Prize: Four front-row Red Sox tickets in a private club at Fenway, with parking and dinner

First Prize: Two tickets to a Canadiens game, 12 rows behind the players’ bench.

Winners of tickets will schedule with donors at a mutually agreeable time.

Second prizes include baskets and gift certificates.

Only 300 tickets will be sold, so get yours now! One for $50, five for $200. Tickets can be bought at or in the JCOGS front office during business hours.

Drawing July 9 at JCOGS summer barbecue. While you don’t need to be present to win, those who win a second prize will get their choice if they are present.
The Core of Shabbat: An abbreviated service + schmooze
Friday, July 6
led by JCOGS member Claudia Woodward
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., appetizers, wine + schmoozing
6:30 - 7:15 p.m., abbreviated Friday night service.
7:15 p.m., enhanced Oneg (a delicious dinner provided by JCOGS)
Sometimes simplifying an experience enhances the overall moment. Think hiking in the woods. You + Nature. Nothing else. Think journaling. Pen + paper + your thoughts. Now think Shabbat. Prayer + food + community.

At this Core of Shabbat experience, we will pray the most integral parts of the service, sandwiched by some delightful schmoozing with food + wine + old + new friends.

If it has been hard for you to make it to JCOGS by 6 p.m. (Note: Services begin at 6:30 p.m.) If you get hungry before services are done. If you just want someone to cook you dinner and open a bottle of wine. If you are looking for more connection to your community, join us for some or all of this Shabbat experience.
Shabbat in the Mad River Valley
Friday, July 6, 6 p.m.
Rabbi David will visit the Mad River Valley Jewish Community for a rousing Shabbat service as we build connections with our friends to the south.

For more details, contact Susan Bauchner at .
Torah Study with Rabbi David
Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m.
All are invited to participate in this lively and meaningful discussion group as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s wisdom. 
Magical BBQ
Monday, July 9, 5 p.m.
The long days of summer are here ….SO WHY COOK?!

MONDAY, JULY 9 at 5 p.m.

Gather at JCOGS for a Magical BBQ...with all the fixings, the Red Sox Raffle drawing 
& a fun magic show featuring: Elliott Smith.

See the magic, Have some laughs. Wonder how it's done.

Bring the family, friends & neighbors. Suitable for ages 1-120! 

The Rabbi will be bringing some local beer to the BBQ. Come have a drink...on him!
$20 each; 12 & under are free. Vegetarian options available.

Remember to RSVP by this Thursday, July 5!

Hosted by the Shalom Committee
Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, July 10
4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Beginning Hebrew
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
Learn (more) Hebrew This Summer - We will be offering two Adult Ed Hebrew classes this summer. 

For those who want to learn the Aleph Bet and begin to read phonetically in order to follow services in Hebrew, Beginning Hebrew will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:25 pm. 

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 Beginning Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Tough and the text for Continuing Hebrew is Aleph Isn't Enough . The books are available on Amazon. Newcomers are welcomed, but please contact Lynne Gedanken, , for more information or if you would like to take either class.
Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
Tuesday, July 10, 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 for 6 weeks, starting Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. One-to-one tutoring will also be available at no cost.
Contact Claudia Woodward at or 802-933-2284 to sign up!
RSVP by Wednesday, July 11
Community Mosaic Mural Workshop
Sunday and Monday, August 26-27, 12 - 4 p.m.
Community members will come together this summer to create a welcoming mosaic mural at JCOGS. We have commissioned artist Bette Ann Libby to head up this project.

During a two-day workshop Aug. 26-27, participants will create a mosaic on the theme Olam Chesed, a world of loving-kindness. This permanent mosaic mural, 54-by-48 inches wide, will be installed on the wall above the stairwell in the JCOGS lobby.

Bette Ann is passionate about the creative experience as a vehicle for community connectivity. To view her recent work visit: .

The adult mosaic workshops will take place Sunday and Monday, Aug. 26-27, from 12 to 4 p.m. at JCOGS. 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 by July 11  to assure a spot in this unique community-building workshop.

Not to be missed!
Stowe Jewish Film Festival Presents
Monkey Business, The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m.
The Stowe Jewish Film Festival is back for the third year!

Thursday, July 12, 7:00: Monkey Business, The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
Hans and Margret Rey, German Jews, began writing Curious George while fleeing the Nazis.

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00: Itzhak Presented as a part of Stowe Arts Week.
This is 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 or $15 at the door

Or become a festival sponsor at $90 per person with reserved seating for all films.
Musical Shabbat, Vegetarian Potluck, and Concert with Klezmer Band Beyond the Pale
Friday, July 13, 6 p.m.
T oronto-based klezmer band Beyond the
Pale will join Rabbi David and our JCOGS musicians for a special Musical Shabbat, followed by a vegetarian potluck meal and a klezmer
concert at 7:30 p.m.

Bring your dancing shoes!

This year Beyond the Pale celebrates their
20th anniversary, and we are thrilled to be a stop on their summer tour. Inspired by
Klezmer and Balkan styles but influenced by everything from jazz and classical music to bluegrass, newgrass, and reggae, Beyond the Pale’s music traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape.

Click here to RSVP, let us know if you would like to become a sponsor for this musical extravaganza!
Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15
Family Fun Camping Trip
at Elmore State Park
Join us for a day of swimming, hiking, and relaxing in Vermont’s beautiful Elmore State Park. Stay for the day or overnight.

At 11 a.m. we will gather for lunch (provided by JCOGS) and enjoy creating connections with families of all ages. You can hang out at the beach, hike on
the trails (don’t forget your boots!), or engage in
a fun activity with Beth.

At 5 p.m. we’ll enjoy a vegetarian potluck dinner at “Fir” campsite, followed by stories and music with Rabbi David and s’mores! Bring your favorite campfire stories and songs to teach and share.

After Havdalah at 9 p.m., we’ll have a kumzitz for teen s and adults.
We look forward to sharing a bit of Vermont’s summer magic with you!

If you have questions, please contact Courtney at
For campsite reservations visit: The JCOGS base will be located at campsites “Fir” and T20.
Tuesday, July 17, 5 - 7:00 p.m.
JCOGS Cocktail Party
at the home of Sara and Irwin Tauben
JCOGS cocktail party

In support of blinds for the social hall

Sara and Irwin Tauben will graciously open their beautiful Stowe Hollow home for a JCOGS cocktail party on July 17 from 5-7 PM. This party is in support of purchasing blackout blinds for the social hall, so please consider making a donation in whatever amount you are comfortable with at . There is only space for 40 people so RSVP soon with the number who will attend to .
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m.
5K Race the Rabbi
Meet at JCOGS, then walk across to the recreation path for the start
Are you faster than the rabbi? On July 18, find out! 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.

When: Wednesday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at JCOGS, then walk across to the recreation path for the start.
Distance: 5K

Cost: Adults $20 in advance ($25 day-of); $10 for youth under 18.

 Click HERE to sign up!
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 families 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