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  • Friday, April 13, 6 p.m. - Shabbat with lay leaders Hillel Becker & Lynne Gedanken
  • Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. - Torah Study with Rabbi David
  • Sunday, April 15, 1:30 p.m. - Annual Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration 
  • Friday & Saturday, April 20 - 21 - Special Shabbaton with Lev Friedman
  • Monday & Tuesday, April 30 - May 1 - VT Holocaust Memorial Teacher Workshops at JCOGS
  • Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m. - Evelyn Hinds as Corrie ten Boom
  • JCOGS - Red Sox Raffle
  • JCOGS - In The News
  • JCOGS - Committee Involvement Request
  • Other Area Events
Shabbat with lay leaders
Hillel Becker and Lynne Gedanken
Friday, April 13, 6 p.m.
Join long-standing JCOGS members for Shabbat services. Hillel Becker (Montreal) will deliver the D’var Torah/sermon for the evening and Lynne Gedanken (Hardwick) will lead services.
An internationally lay-led service to be experienced by all! 

Torah Study with Rabbi David
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.
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.
Annual Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration
Sunday, April 15, 1:30 p.m.
Please join JCOGS and the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition as we light memorial candles in remembrance of the six million Jews and millions of others put to death in the Holocaust.

This year we will share memories, honor lives and legacies of those lost, and focus on stories of survival with a screening and discussion of the 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short Subject: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.” Discussion/Q-and-A session to follow with the film’s executive producer, Frederic Bohbot. 
Special Shabbaton with Spiritual Leader Lev Friedman Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m.
 Come to Friday night services or the Torah study and receive a complimentary copy of Lev's CD "Breathing Still"
Join soon-to-be-Rabbi Lev Friedman for a Shabbat experience both Friday night and Saturday morning. Lev is an incredible guitar player with decades of experience leading meaningful, heart-warming services.
Expect a musical, spiritual service Friday night at 6 p.m. On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Lev will lead the congregation with a study session on some exciting Talmudic stories. Not to be missed!

Following six years of intensive study, Lev Friedman will be ordained as a rabbi in June 2018 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. Under the tutelage of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he founded B’nai Or Religious Fellowship of Boston in 1982. Reb Zalman ordained him as maggid, rabbinic pastor, and cantor in 1990. Lev was the spiritual leader of B’nai Or, a Jewish Renewal community, from 1982-1996. He may be the only rabbinical student to have led a congregation for that long prior to receiving ordination! During his tenure in this position, he helped many Jews find a way back to their traditions in a contemporary and meaningful way. He was also the owner of Kolbo Fine Judaica in Brookline for almost 30 years until 2011. Lev is also a singer-songwriter and skilled finger-style guitarist. His CD, “Breathing Still,” is a collection of original songs. He and his wife Joyce live in Newton and have three grown daughters, three sons-in-law, and as of this writing one brand new beautiful grandson. Lev is a seasoned service leader who brings life experience, knowledge and wisdom along with beautiful music and the teachings of his mentors Rabbis Zalman Schachter- Shalomi, Arthur Green and Ebn Leader to Jewish communities.
“Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior”
Monday, April 30: Workshop specifically geared to educators
 in Jewish settings
Tuesday, May 1: Workshop for all educators in Vermont and surrounding areas
Honoring lives lost and stories of survival
Due to illness, our Holocaust Education Workshops have been rescheduled and some seats are now available.
The Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM), a non-profit working to advance Holocaust education in the state, is pleased to be offering educators the following workshops in Stowe:
“Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior”
Monday, April 30, 2018: Workshop specifically geared to educators in Jewish settings
Tuesday, May 1, 2018:  Workshop for all educators in Vermont and surrounding areas

In partnership with " Facing History and Ourselves," VTHM has created these professional development workshops to provide educators with the tools to teach the many moral questions confronting students today. Studying the Holocaust through Facing History’s unique approach allows students to examine history and the dismantling of democracy by using ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement – all of which are essential for sustaining democracy.
For more information and to register please visit:
Evelyn Hinds as Corrie ten Boom
Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m.
A one person dramatic portrayal of hope and inspiration
Evelyn Hinds as “Corrie” tells her amazing story of being part of the WWII underground rescue of Jews during the Holocaust, her imprisonment and release from a Nazi death camp, and later as a Righteous Gentile traveling the world to share her story.
For audiences of all ages. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
 For more information, please call: 802-253-1800
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
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.

The winner will schedule game at a mutually agreeable time with the donor.

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.
In the News
Find the Seven Days article here .
Find the Stowe Reporter article here .
Committee Involvement Request
Our committees are behind everything we do here at JCOGS, and we want you to become involved. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact Emily at . Whether you are a full-time Vermont resident or here part-time, we can find the spot that best suits your talents and interests.
Other Area Events
Yom HaShoa Film and Special Guest, Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.  
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoa), Beth Jacob Synagogue will present the film,  No Place on Earth , with a special presentation by Chris Nicola, the cave explorer who, in 1993, discovered that a group of Ukrainian Jews spent more than 500 days hiding from Nazis during World War II in an underground cave.
The film and presentation will take place on Thursday, April 12th at 7 pm preceded by a short ceremony memorializing those who perished in the Holocaust and honoring the Righteous who aided survivors. 
Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Avenue, Montpelier
Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
UVM Center for Holocaust Studies
University of Vermont
Waterman Bldg - Room 338 (Memorial Lounge)
For more information see events calendar at:
Film & Feast in honor of Israel's 70th!
Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m.
Local Chef Nadav Mille creates a delicious buffet of Israeli street food for a celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel's 70th! Independence Day. We'll enjoy classic Israeli culinary delights followed by the acclaimed film,  In Search of Israeli Cuisine , which was shown to great success at the first Stowe Jewish Film Festival at JCOGS, is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. The documentary puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than one hundred cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. Tickets are $18 per person and space is limited.
Click here to buy tickets. At Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Avenue, Montpelier
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.