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  • Friday, April 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. - The Core of Shabbat: An Abbreviated Friday night service for Passover + Schmooze
  • Saturday, April 7, 9:30 - 11 a.m. - Kinderlach & Gesher Program
  • NOTE Saturday, April 7, 12:30 p.m. - Yizkor Memorial Service
  • Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m. - Film of the Met's Opera, Eugene Onegin
  • 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 
  • Tikkun Olam - From HIAS - Support Refugees this Passover
  • JCOGS - In The News
  • JCOGS - Committee Involvement Request
  • Other Area Events
The Core of Shabbat: An Abbreviated Friday night service for Passover + Schmooze led by Rabbi David
Friday, April 6, 2018,
5:30-6:30 p.m., appetizers, wine + schmoozing
6:30-7:15 p.m., abbreviated Friday night service 
7:15 p.m., enhanced Oneg (a delicious dinner provided by JCOGS)
Sometimes simplifying an experience enhances the overall moment. Think hiking in the woods. You + Nature. Nothing else. Think journaling. Pen + paper + your thoughts. Now think Shabbat. Prayer + food + community. At this Core of Shabbat experience, we will pray the most integral parts of the service, sandwiched by some delightful schmoozing with food + wine + old + new friends. If it’s been hard for you to make it to JCOGS by 6 p.m. If after two Seders you need a healthy break from too much ritual. If you get hungry before services are done. If you just want someone to cook you dinner + open a bottle of wine. If you are looking for more connection to your community - join us for some or all of this Shabbat experience.
5:30-6:30 p.m., appetizers, wine + schmoozing 6:30-7:15 p.m., abbreviated Friday night service 7:15 p.m., enhanced Oneg (a delicious dinner provided by JCOGS) All food provided will be KforP (Kosher for Passover)!
Kinderlach and Gesher
Saturday, April 7, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Please join us for our monthly Shabbat morning program for families with young children, Kinderlach (ages birth-4) and Gesher (ages 5 +) to learn about the ritual of making Havdalah. This is the beautiful Jewish ceremony of ending the Sabbath and welcoming the new week. We will sing, play, share stories and create art! Gesher will explore the jewish value of Hiddur Mitzvah (beautifying ritual objects).

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 7th from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM . As this is the last day of Passover, there will be no potluck. Instead, JCOGS will provide plenty of snacks for our informal gathering that follows Kinderlach & Gesher. We look forward to socializing and letting the kids play!
Yizkor Memorial Service
Saturday, April 7, 12:30 p.m.
On this last day of Passover, we'll gather in the 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.
Film of the Met's Opera, Eugene Onegin,
Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.
Stowe Area Opera Lovers, in collaboration with JCOGS, will present a film of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 Production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin,  starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renée Fleming, and Ramón Vargas. 

In a review entitled “Star Power, Charisma, and Ardor in Onegin,” New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini had high praise for this production: “You will seldom see better acting in opera than the scenes between Ms. Fleming and Mr. Hvorostovsky.” Please click here for the full review.

Many of you are aware that Mr. Hvorostovsky tragically passed away this past November following several months in which he battled brain cancer. He was a remarkably talented opera singer who will be greatly missed.

The run time is 156 minutes. Refreshments will be served after the film.
Words to Actions - ADL Workshop for Parents and Children
Sunday, April 8, 4 - 6 p.m.
Daniel Levinson from the Anti-Defamation League will be leading a workshop for parents and children at JCOGS entitled - Words to Action. This interactive worship will highlight how to identify anti-Semitism in both its subtle and not so subtle forms and help participants respond to it in the most empowered way. If you are interested in participating in this workshop please let Mitzvah Project Coordinator Amy Holloway know ( The program is geared to students in grades 5 and up but parents can use their discretion when deciding if their child in a younger grade would benefit from the program.  
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. 
From HIAS: Support Refugees this Passover
From HIAS: Support Refugees this Passover
At the Passover Seder, we remember one of the most important moments in our history, a moment when all Jews were refugees. As you reflect on our shared history this Passover, will you take a moment to pledge to support the refugees who are still searching for a home today? Add your name here and pledge to support refugees this Passover.
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
5th Annual Musicians' concert
Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m. at 85 Upper Main St., Morrisville, VT
To Benefit The Mission of the United Community Church of Morrisville. Our Mission is to serve & support children, youth, and families.
MUSICIANS PERFORMING: ♥ Sergio Torres ♥ Blue Fox ♥  ♥ Leslie Grant ♥ Two Cents in the Till ♥ Taryn Noelle ♥ ♥ Colin McCaffrey ♥
Tallit - Weaving The Jewish Prayer Shawl with Joyce Kahn
Marshfield School of Weaving:
April 9-13, 2018 $750
Join us at Marshfield School of Weaving for a weeklong weaving intensive of making a tallit. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Joyce Kahn, , or Kate Smith, , of the Marshfield School of Weaving, Marshfield VT.
You may be able to do this as a beginner!!!
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:
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:
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.