Ice Carving and Musical Shabbat Honoring the Life and Legacy of Debbie Friedman z”l
Friday, Jan. 20, starting at 4:30 p.m.
From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Come to JCOGS and watch as a master ice-carver transforms a block of ice into a piece of art! JCOGS is joining the Stowe Winter Carnival for the second time, as we celebrate winter and snow. Schnapps, wine, hot chocolate, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
At 6 p.m. We will honor the life and legacy of Debbie Friedman z”l with this musical Kabbalat Shabbat service with instruments. Debbie was a magical Jewish teacher with an incredible array of music played in synagogues across the world. Join us for ice carving, music, and a lite dinner/enhanced oneg afterward. The company will be great, the music divine, and the food promises to be delicious.
Holocaust Remembrance Event
Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Holocaust survivor and Hidden Child, Erika Hecht, will introduce the 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary “Remember Us”. It is based on interviews with a number of Hungarian Hidden Children who survived as Christians hiding with fake documents, or with the help of some people who were willing to face the danger of execution for helping Jews. The story follows five different children who tell their stories intermittently. It was filmed on location and includes original news clips. It is an important documentary, very well done and worth watching.
Metropolitan Opera Film: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Sunday, Feb. 5, 4 p.m.
Stowe Area Opera Lovers, in partnership with JCOGS, will show a film of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. This Mary Zimmerman production stars Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Marco Armiliato conducts. This opera tells the story of a young woman, Lucia, who has fallen in love with the enemy of her clannish family in Scotland. Lucia is forced by her brother to marry a wealthy nobleman to rescue the family from financial ruin. N.Y. Times opera critic Anthony Tommasini described Netrebko’s performance of the opera’s famous mad scene as “spellbinding.” That descriptor could aptly be applied to the entire production. There will be no admission fee and donations will not be requested. This film series is a gift from The Metropolitan Opera.
A Message from One of Our B’nei Mitzvah Students
Simon Rosenbaum is 12 years old and is having his Bar Mitzvah soon. For his Bar Mitzvah project, he created a comic book to assist struggling kids in Vermont schools. In order to self publish them, however, he needs financial support which is what the GoFundMe link below is about. For more information, and to donate: GoFundMe Website. Click here for a recent Stowe Reporter Article.
Ways to Help Those in Syria
With the dire situation in Syria, particularly in Aleppo, many of us are looking for a way to help. One way to do that is to make a donation. The following organizations provide medical care, rescue services and basic needs and can use our help. Please consider a donation.
The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR) jdc.org/jcdr/where-we-work/syrian-refugees.html
Syrian American Medical Society, foundation.sams-usa.net
Doctors Without Borders, doctorswithoutborders.org
International Rescue Committee, rescue.org
White Helmets, whitehelmets.org .
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