We support one another through life’s joys and sorrows.


So much happens from birth to death, and everything in between. It’s wonderful to be part of a community that supports one another through life’s ups and downs. Our Chesed and Cemetery committees are always on call to meet the needs of our members and friends.

We are a Beit Chesed, a Home of Loving Kindness.

Chesed Committee

Through acts of loving kindness, we show concern and care for those who are in need. Members of our Chesed Committee:

  • Bring meals to grieving families.
  • Assemble shiva minyans.
  • Run errands and deliver meals to homebound members, or just sit and listen.
  • Send congratulatory emails and cards in times of joy (graduations, engagements, weddings, etc.).
  • Offer carpooling services to JCOGS services or other events for members who don’t drive.
  • Help new mothers with shopping or errands.
  • Supplement Rabbi David’s pastoral visits with cards, phone calls, home or hospital visits, “care bags,” and loving messages.

If you are in need or know of anyone in need, or if you’d like to volunteer to be part of our committee, please contact co-chairs Dr. Gretchen Rous Besser ( and Priscilla Minkin (

Darchei Shalom Cemetery

Cemetary20160312We think of our JCOGS Cemetery, Darchei Shalom (Paths of Peace), as the cornerstone of our Jewish community in the mountains — a bridge that connects the generations. For this we are grateful to our supporters who see our sacred site as a place to memorialize those who have passed amongst us.

Located on Route 100 between Stowe and Morrisville, this pristine nine-acre meadow overlooks the mountain landscape; stately pines and maples border the main road, with a decorative gate planned to welcome visitors. The cemetery is surrounded by a quiet walking path. A pergola eventually will overlook a natural bird refuge.

Our cemetery reflects who we are as a pluralistic Jewish Community and is available to both members of JCOGS and non-members. Vermont is a special place for us and for many visitors, as well. We welcome those living outside of our community to consider our cemetery as a final resting place or memorial.

For more information, please contact Darchei Shalom Cemetery committee chair Steve Berson (