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  • Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief - Please Help
  • JCOGS office will be closed Mon. and Tues., Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, in observance of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah
  • High Holy Day D'var Torah/Sermons
  • Friday, September 21, 6 p.m. - Shabbat services with Rabbi David and Rev. Will Vaus
  • Sunday, September 23, 4-6:30 p.m. - Sukkah-Raising!
  • Wednesday, September 26 - Sukkot Gathering at Rabbi David and Alison's home
  • More Sukkot & Simchat Torah Events
  • 10-Minute Challenge
  • JCOGS Strategic Planning - RSVP for the next session: October 7, 10-11:30 a.m
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
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
Shabbat Services with Rabbi David and Reverend Will Vaus
Tonight: Friday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.
Please come and enjoy an early sermon tonight by Reverend Will Vaus, current pastor of Stowe Community Church. Rev. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of many works including, Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis, My Father Was a Gangster: The Jim Vaus Story, The Professor of Narnia: The C. S. Lewis Story, The Hidden Story of Narnia: A Book-by-Book Guide to C. S. Lewis' Spiritual Themes, Speaking of Jack: A C. S. Lewis Discussion Guide, Keys to Growth: Meditations on the Acts of the Apostles, Open Before Christmas: Devotional Thoughts for the Holiday Season, and Sheldon Vanauken: The Man who received "A Severe Mercy".
The reverend and his wife, Becky, have been married since 1988 and have three sons: James, Jonathan and Joshua.
Sunday, September 23, 4-6:30 p.m.
Join our teens as we build and decorate the JCOGS Sukkah. We're seeking volunteers to help put up the Sukkah. All hands needed! Afterwards, stay and celebrate with "pizza in the hut."

Sukkat Shalom: Once the sukkah is up, please visit! Experience the joy of shaking the lulav, or even better, bring a picnic and dine in our synagogue Sukkah anytime during the week.
Sukkot Gathering at Rabbi David and Alison's home
Wednesday, September 26
Celebrate Sukkot in Rabbi David, Alison, Adar, Yonah, and Hersh's Sukkah at their home in Morrisville.
4 p.m., all children and their families are welcome to join the Olam Chesed Education Center to celebrate Sukkot with harvest activities and teachings about welcoming Ushpizin.
5:30 p.m. , ALL-AGES community-wide vegetarian potluck dinner in the Sukkah with Sukkot blessings and songs.
RSVP to for directions. Rain or shine!
More Sukkot & Simchat Torah Events
Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. - Sukkot Shabbat Services and Oneg
Enjoy services indoors followed by a special oneg in the hut. Don’t forget to layer your clothing. We’ll move inside in case of rain.
We will welcome the new baby of Lori & Adam Gottlieb into covenant and community with her Brit Bat/ritual welcome at the opening of services. Great-grandma Nana Beverly Allen will sponsor the oneg.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., Torah Study in the Sukkah
All are invited to participate in this lively and meaningful discussion group as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s wisdom. We’ll move inside in case of rain.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30 - Sukkot on the Farm at Living Tree Alliance in Moretown
Connect to the wider Vermont Jewish community, while celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Rabbi David leads a musical Havdalah ritual to end Shabbat.
For registration and the schedule, visit .
Monday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m. - Sukkot Yizkor Memorial Service and Simchat Torah (“Joy of Torah”)
Join us for the two extreme expressions of human emotion: sorrow and joy. On this eighth day of Sukkot, we gather for a Yizkor memorial service in memory of those beloved who made an indelible impact and the loss left in their passing from this world. After the memorial service, we will have an abbreviated Simchat Torah ritual and dance, getting our dancing shoes ready for Wednesday’s street party community celebration.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. - Street Party Celebrating Simchat Torah
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.
10-Minute Challenge
Jump on board before Sukkot is done!
You can click here to use our online survey form.

This season, 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
JCOGS Strategic Planning
RSVP for the next session: October 7, 10-11:30 a.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!
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
Other Area Events
Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
The Old Town Hall |1100 Stone Road | Brookfield, VT 05036
(located close to the historic Floating Bridge in Brookfield)
Brookfield Community Partnership will be hosting musician Susan Gaeta this Saturday evening to perform Sephardic Music and show a film about the music's legacy and story. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event and you are welcome to BYOB. 
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax