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  • High Holy Day Survey - Thank you for your feedback
  • Friday, October 19, 6 p.m. - National Refugee Shabbat and vegetarian potluck
  • Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m. - Author Rick Winston discusses his new book Red Scare in the Green Mountains: VT in the Mccarthy Era 1946-1960
  • Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27 - Special Shabbaton with Rabbi Lev Friedman
  • Sunday, October 28, 4-6:30 p.m. - Ateed
  • Wednesday, October 31, 3:45-5:45 p.m. - Olam Chesed special event
  • JCOGS Strategic Planning - RSVP for final session November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
High Holy Day Survey
We value your feedback and would like to know your thoughts on our services during the High Holy Days. This is a short (and quick) survey and we truly appreciate you taking the time to fill it out.
Thank you!
National Refugee Shabbat
Friday, October 19, 6 p.m.
On Friday, October 19, Jews across the country will take action for refugees during HIAS's National Refugee Shabbat. Over this Shabbat, the American Jewish community will dedicate sacred space to refugees and asylum seekers. Come to this special service at 6 p.m. presented by your tikkun olam committee and be inspired to take action. A potluck dinner will follow services with a very special talk presented by long-time JCOGS member Stephen Rosenbloom, who will speak about his experience working with refugees in Texas. Please bring a vegetarian dish for the potluck (join us even if you can't bring a dish).
Author Rick Winston discusses his new book Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the Mccarthy Era 1946-1960
Sunday, October 21, 6 p.m.
What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

Rick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.

Free and open to the public, light refreshments served.
Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Lev Friedman
Friday and Saturday, October 26-27
Friday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.
Join Rabbi Lev Friedman, (our Guest Rabbi for Yom Kippur) in community for a joyful, musical and contemplative Friday night service. He will bring his sense of delight at being with JCOGS again along with his sense of humor, some of his own original music, and a few sweet and interesting teachings to enhance our Shabbat experience.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.
In Torah study on Shabbat morning we will look at the very meaty Torah potion, Va-yera, and concentrate on one or two narratives. Where does Isaac go after the Akedah, the Binding of Isaac? How do we understand the Binding? Who is being tested? And what of Hagar and Ishmael? Might they have anything to do with Isaac’s seeming disappearance? Stay tuned!
Rabbi Lev Friedman founded B’nai Or Religious Fellowship of Boston in 1982. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2018 after six years of intensive study. Lev is a seasoned service leader who brings life experience, knowledge and wisdom along with beautiful music and the teachings of his teachers, Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Arthur Green, and Ebn Leader to the Jewish community. He is also a singer-songwriter and skilled finger-style guitarist. Make sure to pick up a complimentary copy of his CD in our lobby!

Click  here  for Rabbi Lev's recent Q&A found on our website.
Sunday, October 28, 4 p.m.
Ateed is JCOGS's forward-thinking teen group for ages 12 and up. Come join us even if you have not previously attended. For more information, contact Beth at .
Olam Chesed - special event
Wednesday, October 31, 3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
"Golems, Dybbuks and Shedim" -- spooky Jewish stories for darkening fall days. Come if you dare for creepy tales of clay come to life and restless spirits.
JCOGS Strategic Planning
RSVP for final 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 RSVP to Olivia ( ) if you can attend our final community session on: 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!
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
Other Area Events
Vermont premiere screening + Q&A of the award winning documentary Operation Wedding . The Jewish "wedding" that cracked open the USSR.
Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m. at the University of Vermont in Lafayette Hall L207  RSVP
Screening will be followed by Q&A session with Israeli Director & protagonists's daughter, Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov.
Storytelling & Potluck
5 p.m. Saturday, October 20, at Story Barn.
480 Hogback Road, Cambridge, VT
For more info and to RSVP:, 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. 860-470-5591
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax