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Stowe Jewish Film Festival Presents
Itzhak Presented as a part of Stowe Arts Week
Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m. - TONIGHT
Don't let the rain keep you from seeing this film tonight!
Wednesday, July 25, 7:00: Itzhak
This is a 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 here until 4 p.m. today or $15 at the door
Shabbaton with Jonathan Golden, PhD
Friday and Saturday, July 27-28
Please join us for a special Shabbaton with Jonathan Golden, PhD, as we mark Israel’s milestones. Inspired by the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage curriculum, “Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings,” Jonathan Golden will bring our congregation into a conversation about these seminal moments and their continued impact. Jonathan is the Israel curriculum coordinator and an American history teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Friday night services at 6 p.m., followed by a lecture and Q-and-A session over a VT Kosher catered dinner. Arrive by 6 p.m. to join us for a moving video clip from the Hartman Institute.

‘A National Home for the Jewish People – The Historical Roots of the Balfour Declaration’

A century ago, the British government announced its endorsement of a national home for the Jewish people. Why was this declaration issued in 1917, and how did it shape the Zionist movement on a world stage?

Saturday afternoon lecture from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
and participatory discussion with appetizers.

‘Israel and the World – The Balfour Declaration at 100’

Why is the Balfour Declaration still at the center of many conversations about Israel, Zionism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? We will explore the legacy of the Balfour Declaration in terms of its connection to Israel’s place in the global community.

Adult Education Hebrew Classes
Tuesday, July 31
5:30-6:45 p.m. Continuing Hebrew
Learn (more) Hebrew This Summer - We will be offering Adult Ed Hebrew classes this summer.

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 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.
Leyning/Torah Chanting Class
Tuesday, July 31, 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 through July. One-to-one tutoring will also be available at no cost.
Contact Claudia Woodward at or 802-933-2284 to sign up!
Musical Shabbat Service followed by Catered Dinner
in Celebration of Carole & Steve Lichtenstein's 60th Anniversary
Friday, August 3, 6 p.m.
You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. for a very special musical Shabbat service and dinner as we celebrate Carole and Steve Lichtenstein's 60th wedding anniversary.

Carole and Steve have been members of JCOGS since its early days and have been key participants in making JCOGS the wonderful community that it is.

We hope that you will be able to join in celebrating this simcha!

Please RSVP HERE no later than July 30, so that we may have an accurate headcount. Vermont Kosher catered meal is $36 per person, please indicate your choice of salmon or vegetarian dinner.
Torah Study and Shabbos Schmooze at
Rabbi David and Alison’s Home
Saturday, August 4, 10-11:30 a.m., Torah Study
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shabbos Lunch and Schmooze
Join us in our home for lunch and good company on a relaxing, casual Shabbat afternoon.

Come for the Torah study and stay for the schmoozing, or just come and schmooze! Get to know other community members and families. Feel free to bring anyone along.

All are welcome. Family and all-ages friendly!

For directions, please RSVP to
Sadie Ellner's Bat Mitzvah and Simcha Service
Saturday, August 11, 1:30 p.m.
Mazel Tov to our bat mitzvah Sadie Ellner!

Sadie has been preparing for this moment with the help of amazing people who provide so much of their time and wisdom for her on her Jewish journey. It is with great joy that we celebrate with the community that she has grown up with, that has become the foundation of her Jewish identity and exploration. Moving to Stowe from Manchester, NH at age four, Sadie was quick to accept her new rural lifestyle and found herself at home on the farm among the calves and soon the whole herd. At age five, Sadie became a “clover bud” with the Morrisville Moovers, a Dairy 4-H club, and has been devoted to 4H most of her life. Sadie’s bat mitzvah project is ongoing as she raises funds for Heifer International, organizing bake sales at school and fund drives to raise awareness of poverty and hunger and the need for education, training, and investments in sustainable agriculture. Please click here to help Sadie raise funds to purchase two cows for a community.

So much of Sadie’s Jewish identity is here in Stowe and supported by such a wonderful community. We hope everyone will join us for the service and celebration afterward. The celebration will include a vegetarian potluck dinner; garden veggies and local beer provided, side dishes and BYO wine encouraged.

~ Sarah and Israel Ellner
iEngage - A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series Led by Rabbi David
 Thursdays, August 16 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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 beginning this summer.

iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings explores the pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key moments 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 Israel’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.

Each session includes text study and discussion led by Rabbi David, and video lectures and roundtable discussions with leading Hartman scholars.

The first two sessions: Thursdays, August 16 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

RSVP HERE or call 802-253-1800 to order your course packet.

Cost to cover materials: $25.
Community Mosaic Mural Workshop
Sunday and Monday, August 26-27, 12-4 p.m.
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 to assure a spot in this unique community-building workshop. Spaces are still available. Not to be missed!
10-Minute Challenge
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
Help Keep Our Commitment To Refugees
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 fam ilies 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. 

Take action: HIAS's website provides a wealth of information on how we can assist refugees and asylum seekers. Click on the link for what you can do right now to help.

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