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JCOGS Strategic Planning
TODAY! Wednesday, 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. Join us today for our final session.

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!
L’shalom,
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
Family & Friends Shabbat service + potluck
Friday, November 9, 5:30 p.m.**
Come share Shabbat this week with people of all ages, including our children, and embrace and expand the precious sense of community we create each week at Kabbalat Shabbat. Olam Chesed families will be joining the congregation for a beautiful evening of song and joy. More than ever at this time to express our solidarity, let's come together, to bask in the glory of children's voices and to raise our voices and show them what JCOGS Shabbat is all about.

Stay for the delicious vegetarian potluck afterwards and get to know your neighbors! 

**Note the 5:30 p.m. start to services this week.
Kinderlach & Gesher
Saturday, November 10, 9:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Program for young families of children ages birth to 7. We'll continue our exploration of the sweetness of Shabbat focusing on thankfulness and Shalom Bayit/Peace in the Home. As always, we'll sing, move, play and learn some Hebrew. A simple lunch will be provided following Kiddush at 11:00. Please plan to join us!
Musical Shabbat Service featuring the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen + catered oneg dinner
Friday, November 16, 6 p.m.
Montrealers and others: We mark the second yahrzeit of the great poet, musician, and Montrealer Leonard Cohen z”l with some of his most provocative lyrics and music. The oneg dinner will include stuffed sole, butternut squash soup, farm-fresh veggies and more with Sandi from Vermont Harvest Catering.
By donation, RSVP requested . Childminding for young children provided.

At our Musical Shabbat services, we come together in prayer, chant, and meditation, tapping into ancient words and new and old melodies. We come to find out what happens when prayer has the potential to move us toward joy and transformation.
Torah Study with Rabbi David
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.
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Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition's wisdom.
Family Baking Event
Sunday, November 18, 3-5 p.m.
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Hey tots through teens and JCOGS families - come bake on Sunday November 18th to help our neighbors and friends for Thanksgiving !
 
What started as a simple idea: "Why not make a few extra baked goods for the Food Shelf to help brighten someone's holiday?" has turned into one of our favorite holiday traditions! Each year in November we spread the word and ask our friends and neighbors to start baking. Nothing too difficult - breads, cookies, muffins - items that are easily made and well wrapped for transport or freezing. It's such a great and simple way to connect with our JCOGS community while helping hungry families in your community. It's all about spreading some home-baked love.
 
Hope you can join us at JCOGS on Sunday November 18th from 3-5 p.m. to bake for the Lamoille County Food Bank. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Wendy McCreight at wendy.mccreight@gmail.com .
Claudia Woodward's Bat Mitzvah and Vegetarian Potluck
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Come join Claudia and the JGOGS Mitzvah! class for the Shabbat Service on December 1, 2018 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Bat Mitzvah that she never had... There will be singing. Maybe dancing. Definitely refreshments...
Service 10am - 12pm, followed by a vegetarian potluck celebration.
No gifts please! However, if you would care to make a donation to the JCOGS Mitzvah! or Olam Chesed programs, it would be greatly appreciated: https://jcogs.org/donate/
Please RSVP HERE so we know how many bagels to order.
A Family Hanukkah Gathering in the Mad River Valley
Sunday, December 2, 3-6 p.m.
JCOGS and the Mad River Valley Jewish Community team up for this big celebration! Held at the Waitsfield Church on Rte 100, there’s fun for all-ages: Storytelling, Menorah lighting, latke eating, singing, dreidel playing, and more.
Sign up and RSVP HERE .
Fred's Energy Benefits
Greetings JCOGS Members. For a number of years, Fred’s Energy has offered a special fuel program to JCOGS members that provides substantial savings on their fuel bills. If you aren’t already signed up, now is the time.

1. If you have never been on this program please send an email to Gary Feibus, gfeibus@gmail.com , so he can send you pricing & terms.
2. If you were on the program last year and want to sign up again, please contact Cheryl at Fred's Energy to reinstate this year's contract. Cheryl can be reached at 802.888.3827.

There are no additional costs to sign up and you are able to enjoy immediate savings. The only requirement is that you are a current JCOGS member in good standing.

Lastly, Fred's Energy provides heating & AC services as well as plumbing and has proven to be a very good provider of all services.
Other Area Events
Veterans Day Breakfast
Saturday, November 10, 8-10:30 a.m. at Stowe Community Church
Please join in the Fifth Annual Stowe Veterans Day Breakfast. Our delicious breakfast is free due to donations from our generous business community, and will be served by our Stowe High School students.
The entire community is welcome to this heartfelt event, to show gratitude to our local Veterans. We hope to see you on November 10th.
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.
www.ctvoicesofhope.org 860-470-5591
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax