Family Programs

 

Our Family Programs

We nurture family life by offering Jewish and interfaith families the warmth of friendship and connection through regular programming, including:

  • Family and Children’s Shabbat and holiday services and family events.
  • Potluck dinners, family hikes and sledding and swimming parties.
  • Gleaning from local farms.
  • Ceremonies to welcome newborns.
  • Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrations.
  • Nature-based educational programs.

Upcoming Winter Family Events!

Throughout the year we get together as families to play, pray, and nosh! You can visit our calendar to keep tabs on what’s coming up.

WINTER FAMILY EVENTS at JCOGS!

Join us at the following family-friendly events:
for inquiries contact Stacey:  s.oshkello@jcogs.org


Purim Celebration and March Kinderlach
Saturday, March 11, 4-7 p.m.
Join us for a Purim Carnival with games, crafts, food, storytelling, and music.  We will share in a festive, interactive reading of the Megilah (Book of Esther).  The Purim story reminds us to act like Esther who had the courage to speak out and save her people.  Special guest, Saragail Benjamin will bring her percussion instruments and get us all drumming to the beat, and help us find the ways that we act brave.  You can witness her talent in leading group percussion at www.saragailbenjamin.com

Come in costume and be prepared for lots of fun, as this is the month we are encouraged to be happy!    This event is for all ages, from baby to elders, and is not to be missed!

Bring a donation for the food shelf, as giving to the poor is an important part of this holiday!

4-5pm Purim Carnival
4:50pm – costume parade
5pm – Megillah Reading – with percussion and songs
Kinderlach with Rabbi David
5:45pm vegetarian potluck
6:30pm Havdalah with music – a ritual to end Shabbat and begin the week


All Ages Bowling Event

Sunday, March 19, 3 – 5 p.m
Come bowl with us at the Stowe Bowl at Sun & Ski!  We’ll make sure to have time for snacks in between strikes and spares.  We’ll reserve a couple of lanes and share the cost.

Meet Our Education Center Team

Rabbi-David-Fainsilber_WebRabbi David Fainsilber

Rabbi David has 20 years of Jewish youth and family programming successes. Through guitar, singing, and engaging stories, he teaches Jewish values and songs in all of our family and youth programs. Contact: dfainsilber@jcogs.org, 802-253-1800.

 

Stacey_WebStacey Oshkello, Director of Family and Youth Programming

Stacey enjoys sharing her passion for earth-based Judaism with families and youth. She has been teaching for more than a dozen years in a variety of educational settings. Through experiential education she inspires connection to Judaism’s ancient teachings, while making them relevant for our modern day. Contact: s.oshkello@jcogs.org, 603-387-8697.