Friday, January 19
Shabbat Services, 6 p.m.
Come early and stay late! Every Shabbat you are invited to join us for a glass of wine at 5:30 p.m. before services.
Arts and Entertainment Committee Presents Mark Greenberg:
Woody Guthrie, Dustbowl Balladeer
Sunday, January 21, 2 p.m.
Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie’s life and legacy through readings from his prolific prose writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of Guthrie’s own art and of photographs documenting his complex life and times. This is a free event and refreshments will be served after the program.The Jewish Community is located at 1189 Cape Cod Road and is accessible to those with disabilities. For more info contact the Jewish Community at 802-253-1800.
*NEW* Shabbat Morning Services and Potluck
Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.
Hosted by Emily and Jeff Rosenbaum, come and delight in an intimate, meaningful spiritual experience in the comforts of home followed by a vegetarian potluck. We will pray, read, and discuss our Torah stories (this week, the crossing of the Red Sea), and share in some delicious food. For address and directions, please contact the office at email@example.com or 802-253-1800.
Two Seders for Tu Bishvat and Vegetarian Potluck
Wednesday, January 31
Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the trees and has become a Jewish earth day, is a great way to connect with the natural world. For the third year in a row, we will have two seders – a family-friendly seder and a more adult-oriented seder. Join us for a fun-filled event as we contemplate ways to repair the earth, sing songs, and share in community.
3:45 p.m. – Olam Chesed meets for Wednesday afternoon program. All students are invited to come early and learn the aleph-bet with us.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Family Seder
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Multi-generational vegetarian potluck
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.– Adult and teen-oriented seder with Rabbi David
Tu Bishvat Program for Kinderlach and Gesher
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
During our monthly Shabbat program, we will introduce the holiday Tu Bishvat and the Jewish value Bal Taschir (protecting the land). We will taste fruits, create tree art, and celebrate the trees with song. Perhaps we’ll even create and sing a song of our own! An informal vegetarian potluck will follow (JCOGS will provide bagels and cream cheese).
TIKKUN OLAM REPAIRING THE WORLD OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
HEAT AND WARMTH ACROSS VERMONT AND BEYOND
Emergency Warming Shelter Needs Your Help
Due to the ongoing frigid weather, the emergency shelter at St. John’s in the Mountains is planning to continue to operate through Sunday, January 14. Volunteers are needed for the following:
Emergency overnight volunteers
Purchase of wish-list items
Donations for gas, laundry, food cards, and school supplies as needed
Overnight schedule is:
Arrive at St. John’s by 5:30 p.m. for a run through.
Doors open at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(Volunteers may arrive between 5:30 & 8 p.m. if needed and coordinated with me.)
Dinner at 7 p.m.
Lights off at 10 p.m.
(Volunteers may leave after 6:30 a.m. as coordinated with me.)
Lights on at 6:45 a.m.
Breakfast at 7:15 a.m.
Vacate building at 8 a.m.
At this time, the most important need is for overnight volunteers and for a morning shift facilitator who can be there from 6:45 a.m. until 8 am to help transition for volunteers and to move things along so that all guest can leave by 8 am.
To sign up for food offerings or shorter shifts, it’s as simple as signing up here: http://signup.com/go/xqLVLwu. For overnight volunteers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Father Rick directly at 802-760-7787 (c). If you would like to make a donation, please send it to St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church (Memo: Winter Shelter), PO Box 1175, Stowe, VT 05672 or drop it off at the church at 1994 Mountain Road.
Cold and Ice Damage at Congregation Beth El, Bennington
On Friday morning, December 29, Congregation Beth El in Bennington discovered over 9 inches of water in their basement and frost in their sanctuary. A malfunctioning valve on the synagogue’s boiler turned off the heat in the building, which combined with the frigid weather, caused a pipe to burst in the basement, pipes to freeze in the Sanctuary and frost to form in the Sanctuary. While most of the cost of repairs will be covered by insurance, Congregation Beth El has asked for assistance from the Vermont Jewish community in helping to cover additional costs that will not be covered by insurance. Please consider making a donation by going to their website, www.cbevermont.org.
At our Vermont-Wide Chanukah celebration at ZenBarn, we raised $1,690 to support the emergency food and fuel program at Capstone Community Action. There’s still time to give and warm your neighbors: http://fuelyourneighbors.org.
Help in Ukraine:
The Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) and its global partner, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), are warming cold hands in Ukraine by providing relief through warm clothing, blankets, and fuel supplies to help impoverished Jewish elderly survive Ukraine’s brutal winter, along with medical support, hunger relief and homecare. You can help bring winter relief and warm cold hands by making a gift to the JFNA Annual Campaign online at www.jewishfederations.org/networkdonations.
To help the more than 1 million refugees who are fleeing Burma:
American Jewish World Service – Rohingya Emergency Fund
JCOGS is grateful to partner with HIAS in helping to create a welcoming place for refugees. One of the highlights of 2017 was JCOGS hosting Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS. Learn more about HIAS’ work in this year-in-review. Take a look at the highlights from 2017 – a year of confronting unprecedented challenges for refugees.
Holocaust Education Workshops
The Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM), a non-profit working to advance Holocaust education in the state, is pleased to present the following workshops taking place at JCOGS:
“Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior”
Wednesday, March 21, 2018: VT middle and high school educators
Thursday, March 22, 2018: VT educators in Jewish settings
In partnership with Facing History and Ourselves (https://www.facinghistory.org/), VTHM offers these one day workshops to provide teachers with the tools to teach the many moral questions confronting American students today. Studying the Holocaust using 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: https://www.holocaustmemorial-vt.org/2018-workshops/ and click on the appropriate link. For questions contact Debora Steinerman or Marcie Scudder at: email@example.com
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