Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • 10-Minute Challenge - Thank you for your participation
  • Wednesday, October 3, 3:45 p.m. - Olam Chesed classes
  • Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m. - Street Party Celebrating Simchat Torah
  • Friday, October 5, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Services and aufruf celebrating the upcoming chuppah of Margot Raicek and Alex Simon
  • Sunday, October 7, 10-11:30 a.m. - JCOGS Strategic Planning - RSVP for this or next session to be held November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 7, 12 p.m. - The Politics of Cyberspace with Professor Mich Kabay
  • Sunday, October 7, 4-5:30 p.m. - JCOGS Budget Training Workshop
  • Friday, October 12, 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat service and aufruf celebrating the upcoming chuppah of Katie Levy and Alex Feintuch
  • Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m. - First class of Kinderlach & Gesher
  • Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 p.m. - Book Club at the home of Barbara Stern
  • Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief - Please Help
  • High Holy Day D'var Torah/Sermons
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
Quicklinks
10-Minute Challenge
Thank you for your participation!
Thank you to everyone who signed up for the 10-Minute Challenge this year! We hope that this practice will lead you to increased joy and fulfillment. We would love to hear about your experiences, so feel free to post in either of the following forums:


Olam Chesed
Today! Wednesday, October 3, 3:45 p.m.
Olam Chesed meets today at the usual time, grownups please join us at
5:30 p.m. for the exciting celebration with the Torah! Pizza at 6:30 :)
Street Party Celebrating Simchat Torah
Today! Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.
Dance a wild and musical horah in the hakafot/dance circles and enjoy sweet caramel apples as we rejoice in the wisdom of our Torah. In the event of rain, the party will move indoors.
Shabbat Services and an A ufruf C elebration
Friday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for Shabbat services and an aufruf in celebration of the upcoming chuppah of Margot Raicek and Alex Simon.

Special thanks to mother-of-the-bride, Barbara Segal, and Howard Brown for sponsoring this week's special oneg in honor of the simcha.
JCOGS Strategic Planning
RSVP for THIS Sunday, October 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
or next session on Nov. 7, 4-5:30 p.m.
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
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.)

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!
L’shalom,
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
The Politics of Cyberspace with Professor Michel Kabay
Sunday, October 7,12:00 p.m.
Join us for timely and fascinating lectures on the politics of cyberspace presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.
Free and open to the public, refreshments served.
JCOGS Budget Training Workshop
Sunday, October 7, 4-5:30 p.m.
In order to help our committees and events create and stay on budgets, the JCOGS board is offering a budget training, led by Candace Elmquist. Everyone who runs anything that spends any money at JCOGS is strongly encouraged to attend, as we will be covering some new budgeting standards.
Please bring all your expenditures, budgets, and any other financial materials from the past two years.
Musical Shabbat Service and an A ufruf Celebration
Friday, October 12, 6 p.m.
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 has the potential to move us toward joy and transformation.
Special thanks to Robby and Linda Levy who will sponsor this week's special oneg in honor of the chuppah of their daughter and future son-in-law, Katie Levy and Alex Feintuch.
Kinderlach & Gesher begins soon!
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.
Join us for our first Kinderlach & Gesher Shabbat morning program for young families of children ages birth to 7.
Help us prepare for our programs: if you have one of the items below, please drop off at the JCOGS office before Oct. 11th.
- Large rectangular table cloth (solid color or soft pattern)
- fabric scraps from any quilters or crafters
Book Club at the home of Barbara Stern
Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 p.m.
We will now be meeting at either the home of a book club member or at a restaurant to discuss the month's book during our lunch. Our first meeting will be at Barbara Stern's home. We are looking for new members, so please feel free to join us! This month will be discussing the book "Moonglow" by Michael Chabon.
For directions, please call Barbara at 802-851-8488. For more information or if you want to join, please call Carole at 802-253-7408.
Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief
Please Help
Hurricane Florence, with its record-breaking rain, has caused massive damage in North and South Carolina. For those not familiar with the Carolinas, it is worth noting that some of our nation's poorest and most vulnerable populations have been hit hardest by this lingering storm. For the most part, Eastern North Carolina, the South Carolina Low County, and Appalachia include highly rural communities that already lack easy access to medical clinics, nutritious food, and options for shopping for basic necessities. Along with the larger communities, the Jewish communities in the Carolinas have also suffered damage including some who have cancelled Yom Kippur services due to building damage, power outages and the lack of passable roads. As we reflect on Yom Kippur and the upcoming holidays and year, please consider aiding in relief efforts by donating to any of the following:
High Holy Day D'var Torah/Sermons
Whether you had a chance to spend time with us during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur or have experienced the High Holy Days from afar, we can all share and reflect on the messages from these past days of awe found in the links below.
Rosh HaShanah kavanah by Beth Liberman
We are still accepting contributions for the JCOGS 2018-2019 Yizkor booklets that were printed and distributed during Yom Kippur services. 

The age-old custom of remembering loved ones during Yizkor service and contributing to charity in their memory is embedded as a fundamental Jewish belief and custom. Yizkor is an opportunity for us, the living, to bring to mind and reflect upon the bond that connects us to our deceased loved ones. Having the opportunity to do that as a community truly magnifies the potential of that reflection. We hope you had a chance to read through the many prayers, meditations, and poems included in the booklet as well as finding and reflecting on the names of your loved ones. The Yizkor booklets continue to be available at JCOGS and will be used in Yizkor services throughout the year. If you would like a copy of the booklet, please stop by the JCOGS office. 
Other Area Events
Hospice in our community.
Free community discussion October 10, 6:30 p.m. Green Mountain Technology Careers Center Registration is requested as refreshments will be provided. RSVP 888-8291 or at copleyvt.org
Storytelling & Potluck
5 p.m. Saturday, October 20, at Story Barn.
480 Hogback Road, Cambridge, VT
For more info and to RSVP: mark@vecotourism.org, leonissayfire@gmail.com or call Mark at 802-585-9888.
Descendants of the Shoah Conference
Sunday, November 11, 2018
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the University of Hartford
For Holocaust survivors, descendants, and the general community.
www.ctvoicesofhope.org 860-470-5591
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax