Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • Thursday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. - Book Club
  • Friday, May 25 - 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat Service
  • Sunday, May 27, 4 p.m. - Summer Sunday Series: The Politics of Cyberspace - Social Media
  • Friday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. - The Core of Shabbat: An abbreviated service + schmooze
  • Saturday, June 2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Kinderlach & Gesher Monthly Program
  • Monday, June 4, 5 - 8 p.m. - Thank You Party! At the Yellow House in Hyde Park
  • Tuesday, June 5 - Adult Ed Hebrew Classes 4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Beginning Hebrew; 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
  • Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m. - Final Film in the MLK, Jr. Social Justice Series shown at Stowe Community Church
  • Friday, June 8 - Tikkun Olam - Habitat for Humanity after Shabbat services
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • Other Area Events
Book Club
Thursday, May 24, 11:30 a.m.
Come and help us select the books we can read, enjoy, and share together during book club meetings over these upcoming summer months.

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday morning at JCOGS.
Musical Shabbat Service
Friday, May 25, 6 p.m.
With musicians, singers, and spirit, this intimate musical service is a participatory experience for all. We come together in prayer, chant, and meditation, tapping into ancient words and new and old melodies. We come to find out what happens when prayer can be joyous, soul-centering, and transformational.
Summer Sunday Series at JCOGS
The Politics of Cyberspace
Sunday, May 27, 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.

This lecture discusses how we are using, and are used by, Facebook and other online systems.
Free and open to the public, refreshments served.
The Core of Shabbat: An abbreviated service + schmooze
Friday, June 1
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’s 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 + 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.
Kinderlach & Gesher Monthly Program
Saturday, June 2, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Please join us for our monthly Shabbat morning program for families with young children, Kinderlach (ages birth - 4) and Gesher (ages 5+).

This is our last program of the school year and we would love to celebrate our family community with you! We will learn about Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) by adding beauty to JCOGS’ outdoor play area. We will also welcome JCOGS’ new director of youth and family education, Beth Liberman, and learn about the fun family programs we have planned for the summer!

Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share (JCOGS will provide bagels). We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 2nd from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Thank You Party!
Monday, June 4, 5 - 8 p.m.
at the Yellow House in Hyde Park 
JCOGS members:
You are invited to a party!


Thank You Party
A celebration & benefit for the warming shelter in Lamoille
Monday, June 4, 2018 from 5-8 p.m.
Speeches of appreciation at 6:30pm
At The Yellow House in Hyde Park (driveway on the left of the Opera house on Main Street)
We gather together in gratitude for the huge efforts of our community in making the warming shelter possible this winter. We did it! The interfaith community joining with the Lamoille Sheriff's Department provided 626 bed nights, hundreds of evening and morning meals, and a safe, warm, and secure shelter environment. This was all thanks to our tireless volunteers! 

Come celebrate their hard work, hear inspiring speeches, listen to music, eat complimentary food, and bring in the summer with community. Come purchase raffle tickets and win some great prizes to benefit the warming shelter.  Shelter volunteers, guests, and community members: ALL ARE INVITED! Rain or shine.  More details to come! Read more about the initiative here .
Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, June 5
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. 

Both classes will begin on Tuesday, June 5. 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. Please contact Lynne Gedanken, , for more information or if you would like to take either class.
Final Film in the MLK, Jr. Social Justice Film Series
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
at Stowe Community Church
The Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition invites the greater community to attend the final film in the MLK, Jr. Social Justice Film Series.

"For the Bible Tells Me So" is a highly-rated 2008 documentary that moves through its stories of coming out, detailing how individuals adjusted (or failed) to adjust to their new reality. The Washington Post review described it as “a brisk, entertaining, and even moving exploration of the sometimes frayed intersection where Christianity meets homosexuality.”

Father Rick Swanson of St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church will facilitate the Q-and-A after the viewing.
Tikkun Olam - Habitat for Humanity
Friday, June 8, after 6 p.m. Shabbat services
Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) starts in our local community. 

Please join us on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. for Shabbat Service followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner when representatives of Habitat for Humanity will join us and speak about their organization, the home that is under construction now in Morrisville and volunteer opportunities to work with them.
Red Sox Raffle
The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe announces its Take Me Out to the Red Sox Raffle.

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 soon! 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.
Other Area Events
Taizé Prayer Service
Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m
St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church
1994 Mountain Rd., Stowe

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. This is a quiet service of meditation and reflection and involves singing of simple, melodic chants, a few readings, and short periods of silence. We invite you to take a moment and be part of a peaceful, spiritual experience. All are welcome.

For more information contact St. John’s at or 802-2553-7578 or Sue at 847-767-1320.
Farm Camp for Ages 6 - 10
August 6 - 10, 9 - 3 p.m.

We teach the universal values of kindness, gratitude and inclusion through traditional stories connected to the earth and social values based in a Jewish framework.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax