Chanukah Events

JCOGS’ Chanukah Boutique will be open from Friday, Dec. 8, through Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Extended shopping hours will be offered during religious school on Wednesdays, Dec. 13 and 20, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Look for dreidels, gelt, candles, menorahs, tchotchkes for the children, Chanukah wrapping paper, Chanukah cards, and jewelry. Children love giving their friends a small dreidel and bag of gelt to share the holiday with others. Purchase all your Chanukah gifts at the Chanukah boutique shop. For more information: 253-1800, or Barbara Bauman at 802-999-6370 or
Stay tuned to your weekly emails for shopping hours and other news!

Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 p.m.
Chanukah Lighting

Join our Olam Chesed Families at the end of the school day to light Chanukah candles, sing songs and eat pizza and donuts!

Friday, December 15, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
An Interfaith Family Chanukah Gathering in the Mad River Valley

Village Meeting House at the Waitsfield Church, Rte 100 (next to library), Waitsfield. Parking in the back

Light up your dark days of winter by celebrating Chanukah with community!
An interfaith Chanukah gathering for all ages. We will enjoy storytelling, games, latke making and eating, Shabbat songs, beeswax candle-making, dreidel playing, and menorah lighting.

Schedule for this Shabbat Chanukah celebration:

5 p.m.   crafts, games, beeswax candle making, cooking and snacks. Hors d’oeuvres for adults.

5:45 p.m. Chanukah candle lighting and songs (bring your menorah from home)

6 p.m. Shabbat Multi-generational musical service (led by Rabbi David from JCOGS)

6:45 p.m. Vegetarian Potluck Supper.

Please rsvp to Pam Lerner:, to let her know how many of you will join us and what food/drink you will bring.   Reservations requested by Monday, 12/11.

As a gift to the community, please bring a non-perishable food item for our Food Shelf.

To volunteer at the event contact Bobbi Rood at We need help with set up and clean-up.

Sponsored by the Mad River Jewish Community, the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) and Living Tree Alliance,


Saturday, December 16
Share the Light: A Hanukkah Party & Benefit Concert
Featuring the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars

Doors/Dinner 6pm; Show 8pm
at the Zen Barn, Guptil Road, Waterbury, Vermont

Buy your tickets here.
Only $45, includes dinner and show.
$20 for the show

Founders Brewing Presents Share the Light: An Epic Hanukkah Party & Benefit Concert featuring the legendary New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars. 

The All-Stars are an internationally touring band that have pioneered bringing Klezmer to the mainstream over the last 20 years and forged a sound of their own, combining traditional Klezmer with New Orleans style funk.  With five albums under their belt and an impressive resume of appearances at music festivals from Bonnaroo to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the All-Stars continue to dazzle participants in their high-energy shows around the world.

The night will include a vegetarian buffet featuring traditional Hannukah foods and mediterranean-inspired dishes, candle-lighting ceremony and special pre-show dance class.

A portion of proceeds from the night will support the emergency food and fuel program at Capstone Community Action.

This event is made possible with the support of: Jewish Communities of Vermont, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier, Congregation Ruach Hamaqom in Burlington, Living Tree Alliance in Moretown, Hadassah, Beth El Synagogue in St Johnsbury, and Temple Sinai Vermont in S. Burlington.

Zenbarn is a restaurant, bar, and event space located at 179 Guptil Road, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677. More information at

Buy your tickets here.

Sunday, December 17, 3-6 p.m. – NEW TIME
Multi-Generational Chanukah Party at JCOGS and
3rd annual – Iron Chef: The Fried Food Cook-Off

Something for everyone in the family!
Games, crafts, songs, candle-lighting, delicious latkes, dreidles, prizes and our annual food contest. BYOM (Bring Your Own Menorah!).

We are looking for volunteers to help with this fun event. We need help with set up, clean up, being present at one of our many stations.

contact Stacey Oshkello:

Schedule for this festive Chanukah Party

3 pm – Crafts, Games, Food, candle making – something for everyone! bring a vegetarian Hors d’oeuvre to share

4:10 pm – Candle lighting, Chanukah teachings, and songs

4:45pm – 3rd Annual Iron Chef: Fried Food Cook- off

food contest tasting and contest followed by desert of cider donuts from Cider Mill

Rules for our 3rd Annual Iron Chef Cookoff Challenge:   

– must either be a fried food or include fried food as one of your ingredients.
– make enough for everyone to taste
– have dish ready for presentation to the 3 judges

Judges will be rating on taste, presentation, & creativity

Prizes for the 1st 3 winners include:

Dinner at Michaels on the Hill

Gift card to Piecasso