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Musical, dynamic and participatory, these services will revive your neshama yeteira, that extra soul that we receive every Shabbat.

Friday, November 27, 6 p.m.
Thanksgiving "Deepening Prayer" Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Come explore the rich Jewish tradition of giving thanks. Join us for a special post-Thanksgiving Kabbalat Shabbat service "Deepening Prayer", where we will explore some of the historical background and linguistic meaning of our gratitude liturgy, as well as a focus on the meaning of prayer itself.

Wednesday, December 2, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.:
Mid-Week Wake-Up Service, Davening with Rabbi David

Davening/Prayer does not only belong on Shabbat! We can pray during the week too! The week carries on; morning arises; there is need to stretch, to praise, to thank, to find oneself. Join Rabbi David for this very different kind of service. Expect to find parts of the way through the service on your own, in meditation and prayer. Other times we will join together in song and prayer. In the intimacy of the encounter, the service will provide opportunity to ask questions about particular prayers, while we contemplate the personal relationship of I-Thou. This is your space to find yourself.

Friday, December 4, 6 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, December 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
New Kinderlach Program

New Kinderlach (Yiddish for "little children") program for children 0-5 and families. Young families unite for "Storyt!me and S!ng!ng with Rabbi David!", PLUS arts and crafts and lively games especially geared to this formative age. Contact Barbara Bauman at bdbauman@yahoo.com or Rabbi David at dfainsilber@jcogs.org for more information.

Saturday, December 5, 10:15 a.m., Torah Study

All are invited to participate in this lively and meaningful discussion group as we look deeply into the age-old source of our tradition's wisdom.


Join our religious leader, Rabbi David Fainsilber, in the sweet, restoring presence of Shabbat. Musical, dynamic and participatory, these services will revive your neshama yeteira, that extra soul that we receive every Shabbat. If you are planning on coming, invite a friend! The more neshama, the better.A special Shabbat Shuva
Friday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m.
An uplifting Kabbalat Shabbat service will be held this Friday, Sept. 18 at JCOGS. This is a special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Come for some added reflection and contemplation during these Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe.


Rigoletto on Film
Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m.

Come see this fabulous production starring Leo Nucci appears as Rigoletto, with Nino Machaidze as Gilda and Frencesco Demura as the Duke and the singing and acting are superb.

There will be no admission fee or donations requested. The event is open only to members of Stowe Area Opera Lovers (and prospective members) and JCOGS.



JCOGS Chanukah Boutique
December 1-14, Mon. through Fri.

Get all of your Chanukah gifts at the JCOGS Chanukah Boutique! Shopping days will be Monday through Friday, Dec. 1-14, in the foyer at JCOGS. Extended hours will be available during Religious School on two Wednesdays, Dec. 2 and 9, 3-6 p.m.

Items for sale: 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.
Questions? Want to know more? Contact Barbara Bauman at 802-999-6370 or bdbauman@yahoo.com!



JCOGS Chanukah Party and
Iron Chef: The Olive Oil Cook-Off
Sunday, December 13, 2-5 p.m.

Something for everyone in the family! Join us for games, crafts, storytelling, meditation, songs, music, latkes, raffles, prizes and food contest.

This year's celebration will include a first ever Iron Chef: The Olive Oil
Cook-Off. Compete for the top spot with our mystery three judge panel. Judges will be looking for taste, creativity & presentation. The only rule: the dish must include olive oil as an ingredient. Dishes made in advance. For more info, contact Israel Ellner.

FREE RAFFLE WITH AMAZING PRIZES, including GIFT CARDS from In Company, The Toy Store, The Dog and Cat, Piecasso, Solstice Restaurant, Swirl Wine Bar, Power Play Sports and More! Come and win!

2-3 p.m.: Beeswax Candle and Menorah making, Face painting, Dreidel, games, and much, much more!

3-4 p.m.: Bring your Menorah and Candles for Candle Lighting. PJ library presents Story Telling and Books for little ones. Adult Meditation followed by songs and dancing with Rabbi David.

4-5 p.m.: Raffle and Prizes!! Iron Chef:The Olive Oil Cook-Off!!! Latkes, latkes, latkes. Cider doughnuts, pastries and refreshments.

We are looking for volunteers to help with games and decorating. Tweens, teens, and adults are needed. Decorating is at 12-2 p.m. and games at 3-4 p.m.. Special thanks to anyone who can stay and help with clean up 5-6 p.m.

Please RSVP JCOGS: 802-253-1800 and/or with the event organizers, Israel Ellner at 603-493-4773, israel.ellner@gmail.com, or Sarah Ellner at 603-493-9266 or sellner78@hotmail.com.



JCOGS Book Club
Thursday, December 17, 3:30 p.m.

At the home of Susan Rogers to discuss the new book by Geraldine Brooks entitled "The Secret Chord." Join us even if you have not read the book, as we always have fun discussions about the book and everything else. Of course we will serve food! Call Carole at 802-253-7408 for directions and to RSVP.


JCOGS is located at 1189 Cape Cod Rd. in Stowe. From the center of Stowe Village, Cape Cod Road is 1.7 miles up the Mountain Rd. (Rte. 108) on the right. JCOGS is the first building on the right, across from the Stoweflake Resort. Map

Jewish Community of Greater Stowe
1189 Cape Cod Road, P O Box 253, Stowe VT 05672
802-253-1800   info@jcogs.org
Website: Dan Lax