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JCOGS Strategic Planning
Our community has changed a great deal over the last few years. Not long ago, we didn’t have a full-time rabbi, and now we have a full calendar of religious observances, a plethora of social gatherings, and a children’s education program that is bursting with energy. Certainly all of this growth is exciting. As we plan for our future, it is important to pause and consider what we value in our community and how we would like to define ourselves in the years to come. To that end, the board has created a strategic planning committee to steward a community-wide self-examination and conversation.

The first step in a multi-pronged process will be focus groups, open to the entire community. Please choose one time that you can attend and RSVP to
September 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
October 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
(Note that our board and our teens will have separate opportunities to participate.)

If you will be gone after the High Holy Days, we hope you’ll be able to attend the first group on September 6.

This is an exciting process that will ultimately result in a practical set of attainable goals for our lay leaders, our staff, and our entire community. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
iEngage - A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series Led by Rabbi David
 Tonight! 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 tonight for our second class.

iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings explores the pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key m oments 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 Isr ael’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. This week we focus on 1967 and its impact on Israel and world Jewry to this day.

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.
Shabbat Service and Vegetarian Potluck
Friday, August 31, 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 afterwards for an oneg. This week, delight in Shabbat socializing by bringing your favorite vegetarian/vegan offering for our Potluck Oneg in the tent immediately following services!

Place your offerings on designated tables in the social hall before services.
Selichot Services
Sunday, September 1, 7:30 p.m.
Spiritual High Holy Day Prep: Selichot Services
Get yourself in the High Holy Day frame of mind. Selichot means forgiveness. This service marks the theme of the season and the preparation for the High Holy Days: seeking forgiveness from G-d and from our fellow human beings. The evening includes havdalah, as we say goodbye to Shabbat.
Adult Education - Continuing Hebrew Class
Tuesday, September 4, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Continuing Hebrew is a class 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).

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.
Olam Chesed Corner
Classes begin Wednesday, September 5, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
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!
Shabbat Service with Visual Artist and Educator
Benny Ferdman
Friday, September 7, 6 p.m.
Special guest Benny Ferdman will provide the sermon at our last Shabbat of the year. Ferdman is a visual artist and educator whose work focuses on the reclamation and reworking of cultural and historical iconography. He has participated in art residencies, commissions, museum exhibitions, and installations around the globe. He is co-founder and artistic director of Creative Ways, an organization that creates public art, exhibitions, multi-media installations, interdisciplinary arts programming,and educational curricula.
For more info: . Ferdman is the brother of JCOGS member Sara Tauben.
Vermont Pride Parade in Burlington
Saturday, September 8, noon
Join JCOGS and other Stowe-area faith-based organizations as we march together in the Vermont LGBTQ Pride Parade in Burlington. The parade extends from Church Street to Battery Park. Lineup is at 11:30 a.m. in the Hood Plant parking lot (on King Street, between Church St. and S. Winooski). Family-friendly festivities continue at Battery Park. Contact: Shoshana Frieden,
Come celebrate diversity and pride!
High Holy Days 2018 - 5779
The High Holy Days are right around the corner. Join us!

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

Please contact Nancy Krakower, , by no later than this Friday, August 31, in order to add the names of your loved ones to the Book of Remembrance.

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

High Holy Days ~ Schedule

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., young family service
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., young family service
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.
10-Minute Challenge
You can click here to use our online survey form.

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
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
Traveler's Circle presents: Wondering through Stories
Storytelling, Potluck & Birthday Celebration
for JCOGS member, Mark Laxer
Saturday, September 15, 5:00 p.m. 
At Story barn: 480 Hogback Road Cambridge, VT
All ages & voices are welcome.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax