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  • Friday, May 11, 6 p.m. - Shabbat Service
  • Monday, May 14, - 7 p.m. GSIC Social Justice Film Series presents, "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" shown in Morrisville at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Crosby Center
  • Friday, May 18 - 6 p.m. - Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service
  • Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20 - Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain Weekend
  • Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. - Yizkor Service & Potluck for Shavuot
  • Sunday, May 27, 4 p.m. - Summer Sunday Series: The Politics of Cyberspace - Social Media
  • Monday, June 4, 5 - 7 p.m. - Thank You Party! At the Yellow House in Hyde Park
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • Other Area Events
Shabbat Service
Friday, May 11, 6 p.m.
Join us in the sweet, restoring presence of Shabbat. Musical, dynamic and participatory, these services will revive your neshama yeteira, that extra soul that we receive every Shabbat. 

You are invited to join us before services for a glass of wine at 5:30 p.m. and after services for our enhanced oneg.
GSIC - Social Justice Film Series presents,
"Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"
Monday, May 14, 7 p.m.
at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Crosby Center in Morrisville
Don't miss this documentary in the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Film Series presented by the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition.

Taking an entertaining approach to a critical 
21st century issue, this lively documentary addresses the sad reality that 90 percent of food waste ends up in landfills. Through the eyes of famous chefs, viewers will witness how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service
Friday, May 18, 6 p.m.
Do you often feel lost during services? Do you have questions about the meaning and experience of prayer? At each of these services, we look in depth at one prayer in our Friday night tradition and have a meaningful conversation on its themes. We also explore some of the historical background and linguistic meaning of our liturgy in the entire service, as well as a focus on the meaning of prayer itself.
Fourth Annual Shavuot on the Mountain
Friday - Sunday, May 18 - 20
Events for families, children, and people of all ages, all weekend!  

As we celebrate the awakening of the plant world, the receiving of the Torah and revelation within, join us for this 4 th annual Shavuot on the Mountain.   Living Tree Alliance, JCOGS, JCVT, and Ruach HaMaqom offer an inspirational weekend immersed in the beauty of the natural world, as we learn, hike, sing, swim, and share in community celebration.  All in Stowe!  Come for all or just the part that is most appealing to you.

Friday Night – Celebrate Shabbat at JCOGS with community. Out of towners can make their own camping arrangements at Smugglers Notch Campground. 
6 p.m. Deepening Prayer Shabbat Service.

Join us for preparing delicious traditional Shavuot foods at JCOGS!

Saturday evening - Potluck dinner, blintzes, and learning at JCOGS. An evening of storytelling for all ages and late night Torah teac hings, as well as Havdalah (ritual to end Shabbat and bring in Shavuot).  Everyone is invited to sleepover at JCOGS either in a tent outside or in our building! 

Sunday morning - Share in a guided family hike as we pilgrimage together to the Mountain Chapel on Mt Mansfield, for a musical celebration and receiving of the 10 commandments led by Rabbi David and Rabbi Jan Salzman!

Sunday Sunrise hike to the top of Mt Mansfield for ambitious hikers led by Matthew Towle.

Join us for this weekend of fun, celebration, and learning!

Yizkor Service & Potluck for Shavuot
Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. On this last day of Shavuot, we will gather for a Yizkor memorial service in memory of those beloved who have passed. This is a time to consider those in our lives who have made an indelible impact and the loss left in their passing from this world.
6 p.m . The custom on Shavuot is to eat cheese, to embody the teaching that the Holy Land “flows with milk and honey.” Following the service, we will gather for a milchedik vegetarian cheese-infused potluck dinner. Please bring a cheese dish to share.  
Summer Sunday Series at JCOGS
The Politics of Cyberspace
Sunday, May 27, 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.

This lecture discusses how we are using, and are used by, Facebook and other online systems.

Free and open to the public.
Thank You Party!
Monday, June 4, from 5 - 7 p.m.
at the Yellow House in Hyde Park
JCOGS members: You are invited to a party!


Thank You Party - A celebration & benefit for the warming shelter in Lamoille
Monday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m.
Speeches of appreciation at 6:15 p.m.
At the Yellow House in Hyde Park (driveway on the left of the Opera house on Main Street).

We gather together in gratitude for the huge efforts of our community in making the warming shelter possible this winter. We did it! The interfaith community joining with the Lamoille Sheriff's Department provided 626 bed nights, hundreds of evening and morning meals, and a safe, warm, and secure shelter environment. This was all thanks to our tireless volunteers! Come celebrate their hard work, hear inspiring speeches, listen to music, eat complimentary food, and bring in the summer with community. Come purchase raffle tickets and win some great prizes to benefit the warming shelter. Rain or shine. More details to come!  
Red Sox Raffle
The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe announces its Take Me Out to the Red Sox Raffle.

Grand Prize: Four front-row Red Sox tickets in a private club at Fenway, with parking and dinner

First Prize: Two tickets to a Canadiens game, 12 rows behind the players’ bench.

Winners of tickets will schedule with donors at a mutually agreeable time.

Second prizes include baskets and gift certificates.

Only 300 tickets will be sold, so get yours soon! One for $50, five for $200. Tickets can be bought at or in the JCOGS front office during business hours.

Drawing July 9 at JCOGS summer barbecue. While you don’t need to be present to win, those who win a second prize will get their choice if they are present.
Other Area Events
PETER YARROW of Peter, Paul, and Mary
is Performing at Ohavi Zedek
Saturday, May 12, 8:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets at or at the Flynn box office.
Michael Arnowitt Concert
Sunday, May 13, 4 p.m.
at Beth Jacob Synagogue - 10 Harrison Avenue, Montpelier

Beloved pianist Michael Arnowitt returns to Montpelier to present a program surveying the music of iconic Jewish composer Aaron Copland, who created what is considered today to be a distinctively American sound in classical music. Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss music from Copland’s Four Piano Blues, Piano Variations, El Salon Mexico, and Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring
and the music he wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.

Tickets $15 a piece. Purchase tickets here .
Taizé Prayer Service
Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m
St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church
1994 Mountain Rd., Stowe

St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church will hold a candlelight Taizé prayer service on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. This is a quiet service of meditation and reflection and involves singing of simple, melodic chants, a few readings, and short periods of silence. We invite you to take a moment and be part of a peaceful, spiritual experience. All are welcome.

For more information contact St. John’s at or 802-2553-7578 or Sue at 847-767-1320.
Farm Camp for Ages 6 - 10
August 6 - 10, 9 - 3 p.m.

We teach the universal values of kindness, gratitude and inclusion through traditional stories connected to the earth and social values based in a Jewish framework.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax