Please Join Your JCOGS Community
  • TONIGHT!! Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. - Increase the Light: A Singing Experience at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. NOT-TO-BE-MISSED
  • Lamoille Community House - Volunteers Needed
  • Friday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat + Solstice Services + Oneg
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. - Torah Study
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, 12-4 p.m. - The First Annual Non-Competitive Board Game Competition
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 2-7 p.m. - Red Cross Blood Drive at JCOGS
  • Friday, Dec. 28, 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat with Rabbi David + catered oneg with childminding. Please RSVP
  • Saturday, Jan. 4, 4:15-5:15 p.m. - Après Ski Yoga
  • Other Area Events
  • JCOGS office will be closed Mon. - Wed., Dec. 24-26
  • Grabbed the wrong black coat last Friday? We have yours at JCOGS! Please contact the office at 802-253-1800 or jcogs@jcogs.org.
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Increase the Light: A Singing Experience
at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
TONIGHT!! Wed., December 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
NOT-TO-BE-MISSED
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Calling all who wish to bring more love into our communities! In light of the Pittsburgh shooting, Rabbi David Fainsilber and the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe seek to bring people together in love to create song within community as you have never experienced before. Young and old, come stand with us — come sing with us! Make this your first time up on stage at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center as we learn the simplified arrangement of a song “Light is Returning/Banish the Darkness” and then sing it to produce a sound about bringing more light to ourselves, our communities, and our greater world. No need to be a superb singer; you just need to bring your love of singing. The final artistic product? An amazing video of the experience (featuring you) that will be promoted world-wide, with the backdrop of soulful voices and increased light.

Donations will be accepted for the Helen Day Art Center and Stowe Free Library ’s recovery from a recent burst pipe, as well as HIAS –– Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society ––  a refugee resettlement program in the U.S., an organization supported by the Tree of Life Synagogue and one of the reasons that congregation was attacked.

Presented by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, with our partners at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, the Helen Day Art Center, Stowe Performing Arts, and the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, including St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe Community Church, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe, and Bahá'ís of Stowe. Special thanks to Stowe Media Group and the Stowe Reporter.

For more information, contact JCOGS at (802) 253-1800 or jcogs@jcogs.org .
Lamoille Community House - Volunteers Needed
The Lamoille Community House (of which JCOGS is a partner) opened on December 12, on an ongoing basis as a temporary adult shelter at the Plaza Hotel in Northgate Plaza, Morrisville. Volunteers are needed to bring in dinner, and to help staff and guests daily 4:30-8:30pm, and weekday mornings from 6-7am, and weekends from 6:30-8:30am. Please visit their website:  https://lamoillecommunityhouse.weebly.com  to volunteer (click on Volunteer, then click on CORE volunteers). Please contact Jacquie Mauer at  jmauer@goodsamaritanhaven.org  if you have any questions or need additional information.
Kabbalat Shabbat + Solstice services + oneg
Friday, December 21, 6 p.m.
In the heart of darkest winter, come celebrate the light of Shabbat.
Torah Study
Saturday, December 22, 10 a.m.
Come participate in this lively, meaningful discussion as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition’s wisdom.
The First Annual Non-Competitive Board Game Competition
Tuesday, December 25, 12-4:00 p.m.
Whether you're coming off the slopes or rolling out of bed, join us for Scrabble, chess, Clue, and our JCOGS president's favorite--A Ticket to Ride. If we're lucky, we may even have a multi-generational D&D game going. Bring your board games, a vegetarian dish or nosh to share, and your out-of-town guests.
Red Cross Blood Drive at JCOGS
Thursday, December 27, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Practice the mitzvah of saving a life. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. To schedule an appointment to donate, please call
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org .
Musical Shabbat with Rabbi David + oneg with childminding
Friday, December 28, 6:00 p.m.
All out-of-town visitors, friends, and locals: Join us on Shabbat for your winter break. At our Musical Shabbats, 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. Childminding provided for young children. Please RSVP to let us know you're coming: HERE .
Après Ski Yoga
Begins Saturday, January 5, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
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Marlena Fishman has volunteered to lead a yoga class at JCOGS. We're looking for a consistent group who will come together to pause and stretch out before the start of another week. The class will meet Saturdays (1/5/19-2/16/19) at 4:15. Those who wish to can stay afterward for Havdalah to close out Shabbat. Suggested donation in appreciation of Marlena's time for the whole six week course is $36. To register, please contact  olivia.easdale@jcogs.org
Other Area Events
An invitation to Participate in a Point of Light Vigil
Representing our Homeless Neighbors in Lamoille County
When: Friday, December 21, at 4 p.m.
Where: Many will gather on Main Street in Hyde Park, however any and all can participate in your location of choice, you just need a candle and awareness.
For candles, please call Capstone Community Action at 802-888-7993.
Participants in Hyde Park are welcome to share hot cocoa and cookies after the vigil. Sponsored by the Lamoille Valley Housing and Homeless Coalition.
An Important Letter from the Jewish Communities of Vermont
AN IMPORTANT MEETING, requested by the Vermont State Police (VSP), and convened by Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT) was held in Burlington on Wednesday, December 5.
 
The meeting was requested by VSP to give Director Col. Matthew Birmingham an opportunity to explain his decision to cancel his participation in an Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-sponsored trip to Israel to participate in a training mission for law-enforcement officials. Read more about JCVT's response to this meeting  here .
Giant Family Drum Circle–NEW YEAR’S EVE–HIGHLIGHT BURLINGTON
December 31, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library | 235 College St | Burlington, VT
Free event
Play the beat of your heart, feel the heartbeat of the world. Join our community drum circle — everybody plays a drum!
Saragail Benjamin will lead us as we play together and weave story, rhythm, and song into a totally interactive “Big Bang” celebration. We’ll play world rhythms and stories on diverse instruments, honoring the richness of all the wonderful communities of the world. Join us as we laugh and play, starting the new year with music, understanding, peace, and FUN! Play our drums or bring your own! 
for more information.
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax