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30th Anniversary
Celebration

September 7th, 2024

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Incorporated in 1995, the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) began as a collection of Jewish families meeting for observance in homes, Green Mountain Inn and at the Baggy Knees Shopping Center. In 2005, thanks to the leadership of Marvin Gameroff and many generous donors, the community opened its beautiful current space on Cape Cod Road in Stowe. During JCOGS’ early years, Rabbi Brian Besser provided the community with inspiring spiritual leadership. In 2014, JCOGS transitioned to a new phase of vibrancy and growth with the arrival of Rabbi David Fainsilber, the community’s first full-time ordained rabbi living in the area. With his soulful music and dynamic style, Rabbi David provides the community with all that a full-time ordained spiritual leader has to offer, including weekly sabbath services, lifecycle events, social and educational programming, and comprehensive pastoral care. Over the years, JCOGS has formed close bonds with the area’s other religious centers, highlighted by this past year’s interfaith trip to Israel with the Stowe Community Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church. JCOGS is now a thriving multi-generational community center that fosters Jewish engagement, learning, arts, culture, and a vibrant future for a diverse range of individuals and families across North-Central Vermont. As part of its mission, JCOGS addresses issues of social justice, advocates for awareness and support for unhoused people, and stands up against antisemitism, bigotry, and prejudice of all types.

 

program and honoree

As JCOGS approaches its 30th anniversary, a truly special evening is planned for September 7, 2024, to celebrate our community. The event will feature a catered gourmet dinner, a musical concert by renowned rabbinic artists, and an internationally known keynote speaker. In addition, JCOGS is proud to honor Ronald Feinstein (pictured) for his dedication to JCOGS and the broader community. Over the course of many years, Ron’s steadfast efforts have helped to build and strengthen JCOGS’ presence as a synagogue and Jewish community center. Ron is a trustee emeritus and past president of the board; he was instrumental in recruiting and retaining the community’s beloved leader, Rabbi David Fainsilber; and most recently, Ron helped launch JCOGS’ first endowment campaign with significant financial support plus a matching challenge gift of one million dollars to help build momentum in achieving our goals. Thanks to the philanthropy of many generous donors, the Endowment campaign goals are in sight.                      

Thank you, Ron, for all you do for the community!

 

 


special edition tribute book

Kindly consider celebrating JCOGS’ 30th birthday and honoring Ron with your tribute message in the special edition book that will be custom designed for this milestone, capturing a sampling of member photos and statements about what community means to them. All tribute messages and gifts benefit the JCOGS Endowment. Thanks to an anonymous donor’s generosity, the costs of the September 7 celebration have been fully funded, so 100% of all funds raised in connection with that event benefit the endowment. 

                                                           Ron and Deborah Feinstein                                                                                     

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        

                                             

 

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