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JCOGS office hours: Mon. 10-4; Tue. 12-4; Wed. 10-4; Thurs. 1-3; Fri. 10-4 or by appt.
JCOGS member, Irwin Tauben, was a founding member of the ski patrol for Mount Hermon, located in the Golan Heights in Israel along the border with Syria. Read the fascinating story in the Stowe Reporter HERE .
Shabbat Service
Friday, March 1, 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 afterward for our enhanced oneg.
A History of the Concept of Race, A VT Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event hosted by JCOGS
Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.
The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth; Native Americans, Europeans, South Asians, and North Africans together were considered a second race. How did such a bizarre distinction among groups of people develop into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world?

Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Torah on Tap: Hot Topics with Rabbi David
Monday, March 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  
Come make some sense of this crazy world, while grabbing a drink and nosh with your rabbi. We’ll enjoy some Torah and tasty grub at von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall (1333 Luce Hill Rd, Stowe). The hot topic: “Can we talk? Wisdom on civility for the Twitter age.” First round and appetizers are on Rabbi David.
HEARTSTRINGS Shabbat Service with Cellist Jia Kim + Sponsored Oneg
Friday, March 8, 6 p.m.  
Join Rabbi David and acclaimed cellist Jia Kim for this remarkable Friday night experience. Kim leads a dynamic musical life as a performer, educator, and a passionate advocate for the arts. She serves as faculty for New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program, The Brearley School, and International Music Sessions, as well as artistic director of Central Chamber Series in NYC and Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society in Stowe. DATE CHANGE: Special thanks to Rabbi David and Alison for sponsoring this week’s oneg in honor of the March birthdays of Adar, Yonah, and Hersh.
Kinderlach & Gesher
Saturday, March 9, 9:30-11 a.m.  
We’ll greet the Sabbath morning with Rabbi David and then jump into the mindset of Purim! Kinderlach will explore the spirit of Purim while Gesher will dig into what it means to be courageous and what we might learn from Queen Esther and her Shushan acquaintances. We will end the morning with bagels, spreads, and fruit, please plan to stay!
Did you know that everything is episdn uʍop? at least once a year with Purim, that crazy holiday of debauchery and costumes. Do not come, or do, as you wish, to this most secular Shabbat. Israeli classics and Yiddish favorites will be featured by our JCOGS band and Spontaneous Jewish Choir. Wear your best hat and stay for the funky oneg.
Chair Repair
Sunday, March 17, 4 p.m.  
Our floor protectors aren’t protecting our floors; in fact, they’re scratching them. We need a posse with screwdrivers to take the plastic floor protectors off all our chairs and put on non-scratchy felt ones. If you have tools, bring along a Phillip’s head and a flat head screwdriver. The work won’t take long, but our floors will benefit for years to come. RSVP or just show up:
PUR!M at Olam Chesed with Modern Times Theater
Wednesday, March 20, 4-6 p.m.
Join us for a Purim Festival to remember. There’ll be drama. There’ll be laughs! And there’ll be lots of fun and hamantaschen. Come in costume to the ancient city of Shushan and enjoy a low-tech old-time classic Punch and Judy show. Discover what an Adloyada is. Bring a yummy vegetarian dish to share for the potluck dinner.
The Megillah of Itzik Manger
Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.
Join Janie Respitz in her one-woman show performing a parody on the Story of Purim by the great Yiddish Poet Itzik Manger. The narration will be in English while all songs will be sung in Yiddish.
2nd Annual VTHM "Educate the Educators" Workshop:
Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at JCOGS 
How do we help students understand that anti-Semitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust?
What do students need to know in order to recognize anti-Semitism today and to stand up to all forms of hate?

Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM) in conjunction with Echoes & Reflections (a joint program of the ADL, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem) offers a very important, timely professional development opportunity for Vermont educators. "Spotlight on Contemporary Anti-Semitism" explores classroom methods to support effective teaching of contemporary anti-Semitism, its global reach, and its expression in the form of hate speech, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust.

Cost: $50
Registration and more information:
Fri. & Sat., April 5 & 6, Shabbaton; Sun., April 7, Conference 
Rabbi David is helping lead Friday services and a Saturday morning offering. We will celebrate our summit theme — In Search of Our Jewish Identity: Telling Our Stories . All ages are welcome to come for a day or stay the weekend. You may even meet the cousins you didn’t know you had! Register HERE .
Lamoille Community House: Volunteers Requested
Volunteers are needed to bring in dinner and to assist staff and guests daily 5:00-7:00 p.m .

Visit to volunteer (click on CORE volunteer and view calendar openings). Please contact Jacquie Mauer at with any questions.
Other Area Events
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. 
Prayers for Peace and Unity: in our families, communities, country, world 
at United Community Church | Upper Main St. Morrisville 
ALL in Morrisville and beyond are warmly welcome.
Come sit and listen in silence. Pray quietly or aloud. Share prayer concerns for family, community, country, world. If you do not wish to speak aloud, prayer slips will be available. Questions? Let me know! 
The Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola, Pastor and Teacher, 802-888-2990
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax