Have you had the chance to provide feedback for our Rabbi David Fainsilber?
Rabbi David has now been our full-time rabbi for more than three years. We would like to give him some helpful feedback to enable him to best serve the needs of our diverse and growing community. Please take 20 minutes to complete this survey and offer any comments you might have. Note that you can pause and save your comments and return at a later time. Please respond no later than November 20th. All sections may not apply to you. You will have the freedom to skip to subsequent sections. Whether you are a regular or less frequent attendee at JCOGS programming and services your input will be carefully considered and will assist Rabbi David’s planning and priorities for the coming year.
Thank you for your important contribution,
The Rabbinic Advisory Committee
Nancy Krakower, Lynne Gedanken,
Marlene Maron, Sheldon Klein
Friday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m.
With musicians, singers, and spirit, this intimate musical service is a participatory experience for all. 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 can be joyous, soul-centering, and transformational.
We mark the 1st yarhzeit of the passing of the great poet and musician Leonard Cohen z”l with some of his most provocative and moving lyrics and music at this week’s Musical Shabbat. Click here to listen to some of his most Jewish-inspired music.
An all-ages bake-off for the Lamoille County Food Shelf
Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3:00 p.m.
Please join us for a bake-off to help our neighbors and friends for Thanksgiving.
This is such a great and simple way to connect with our JCOGS community
while helping hungry families in our community. It’s all about spreading some home-baked love. We hope you’ll come help us bake for the Lamoille County Food Bank. If each family brings a mixing bowl, we’ll supply the ingredients and baking tins.
Shabbat Service and Thanksgiving Potluck
Friday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m.
Bring your Thanksgiving vegetarian leftovers for a delicious potluck of gratitude to be shared after Shabbat services.
WANTED: CHANUKAH MEMORABILIA
The Helen Day Art Center will be holding their annual Festival of Trees and Light display soon.
JCOGS participates each year with a display of Chanukah Memorabilia that are on loan from JCOGS members.
If you have a treasured keepsake that you can part with for the month of December it would be very much appreciated. The Stowe Community and out of town visitors are always grateful to have a chance to see the beautiful assortment of items we display each year.
Suggested items might include: Chanukiah (Menorah), dreidels, books, dolls etc.
Please contact Barbara Bauman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-999-6370 if you would like to contribute to the display. Helpers to create display would also be appreciated. Display goes up on the Tues. after Thanksgiving.
~ Save the Date! ~
JCOGS’ Mitzvah Program trip to Montreal for youth in grades 6-8
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3
Our whirlwind trip will include:
* A fabulous car ride to Montreal from Stowe with either Rabbi David or Amy (there could be some singing, cool car snacks, and deep discussion involved)
* Breakfast at an authentic Montreal bagel bakery
* A walking tour of historic Jewish section of Montreal
* Lunch at the Museum of Jewish Montreal
* A guided tour of the Jewish Public Library and the Holocaust Museum
* Time with friends
* And so much more!
Parents: If you think your child will be joining us, make sure to complete the parent permission form
(http://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/minor-travel-consent-form.html), and have a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport (if they have one) available for us to take with us. More details to follow!
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 email@example.com.
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
Sponsored by the Mad River Valley Jewish Community
The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS)
Living Tree Alliance
All ages invited to…..
Village Meeting House at the Waitsfield Church, Rte 100 (next to library)
FUN FOR ALL AGES:
Storytelling, latke making with locally grown veggies, Shabbat songs, beeswax candle-making, dreidel playing, menorah lighting, games, schmoozing and potluck!
RSVP to Pam Lerner: firstname.lastname@example.org
*** PLEASE BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATION FOR THE MRV FOOD SHELF as your Chanukah gift to the community.
This JCOGS co-sponsored event will sell out.
Get your tickets NOW:
Share the Light: A Hanukkah Party & Benefit Concert
Featuring the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars
Saturday, December 16
Doors/Dinner 6pm; Show 8pm
Buy your tickets here. Only $45, includes dinner and 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 zenbarnvt.com.
Buy your tickets HERE.
Sunday, December 17, from 3-6 p.m. (TIME CHANGE)
Multi-Generational Chanukah Party and
3rd annual – Iron Chef: The Fried Food Cook-Off
Something for everyone in the family!
Join us for games, crafts, songs, candle-lighting, latkes, prizes and our annual food contest.
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. BYOM (Bring Your Own Menorah!).
We are looking for volunteers to help with this fun event contact Stacey Oshkello: email@example.com
TIKKUN OLAM REPAIRING THE WORLD OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
There is much to be thankful for at this time of Thanksgiving. Let’s use that gratitude to inspire us to help those in need at this season.
To help the more than 400,000 refugees who are fleeing Burma:
American Jewish World Service – Rohingya Emergency Fund
Help Your Vermont Neighbors Who Lost Food from the Wind Storm/OPERATION RESTOCK:
Make a donation at fuelyourneighbors.org, or send a gift to Capstone Community Action, attn.: Operation Restock, 20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641.
Hurricane relief funds: Many communities, from Texas, to Florida, to Puerto Rico to the US Virgin Islands are still in need of great help. Please consider a donation to: One America Appeal – oneamericaappeal.org or the American Red Cross.
Fund for Anthony Kessler:
As some of you may know, Anthony Kessler, a member of the Vermont Jewish community, was very badly injured when he was pinned under a large tree that crushed his yurt at Living Tree Alliance in Moretown during the storm on October 29-30. He is still in the hospital and faces a prolonged recovery and possibly additional surgery. We wish him a refuah sh’leimah, a complete healing. For those who would like to help, please consider making a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/helpanthonykessler for Anthony’s rising medical costs and his inability to work right now.
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