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09/10/2019 08:52:53 PM


Join Jewish communities across Vermont by taking actions and raising money to help those in detention, separated from their families, and those seeking legal asylum. Donate here.  

In visits to the border, one need comes up over and over: legal help.  In order to help with this, the Jewish communities across Vermont are joining together for a campaign through Yom Kippur to raise money for three organizations (one local Vermont Freedom Bail Fund, one national HIAS – Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, one focused on the southern border Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center) that are providing legal support and bail for those in need. We hope to raise $7500 to be divided between these three organizations. 

Please donate here generously.

URGENT NEED -  Hurricane Dorian Relief.  

09/10/2019 01:57:35 PM


It is impossible to fully comprehend the scope of the disaster in the northern Bahamas.  The massive destruction has left 70,000 people homeless - almost 1 out of 5 Bahamians.  The need could not be greater.  The following are some of the many organizations providing relief:

Red Cross -

World Central Kitchen -

Global Giving -

Joint Distribution Committee -!/donation/checkout

Please be generous.

From Your Rabbi: RH + YK Cometh!

08/24/2019 01:37:37 PM


Dear JCOGS family,

Today gave us the best of what Vermont summers are all about.  Yet we all know it’ll pass soon, and the leaves will once again turn their bursting colours and return to the earth out of which they grew.  For us, this means the chaggim are upon us.

I want you to know JCOGS has turned up the volume as we prepare for the High Holy Days.  These are true days of reflection ahead—and that takes preparation. Over the course of our Days of Awe, you can expect words of comfort and inspiration, breath-taking music like you’ve never heard at a synagogue, and luscious food.  Here are some highlights for Rosh Hashanah:

  • For Erev Rosh Hashanah services, September 29 at 7:30pm, we are inviting the greater community and local clergy to attend, bringing awareness to the need to draw together in community.  A dessert oneg will follow. Please invite your friends and neighbours. No tickets necessary.
  • Our youth will lead us in song on Rosh Hashanah Day, September 30 that will bring inspiration (and likely tears) to us all.

Click HERE to make sure you have your tickets now.  And here for our full High Holy Day schedule.

Wishing you a beautiful and restful Shabbat,

Rabbi David

p.s. Will you join me for Torah on Tap this Monday? 
We are meeting at Ranch Camp at 6pm which is located at 311 Mountain Road in Stowe, VT. Appetizers are on me. And how’s this for a timely and hot topic to have a drink over: “Loyalty and Disloyalty." RSVP strongly requested: or here.

Oh, what a night

07/21/2019 04:32:13 PM


Thunderstorms had been forecast in Monday, yet on the morning of July 18, it was clear this was going to be a perfect summer day. A slight breeze blew across Sandiwood Farm in Wolcott, carrying the smell of flowers and grass with a slight hint of ripening garlic. Guests were a little late in arriving, having been caught in road construction traffic in both Stowe and Wolcott. By 5:45, Deborah and David were playing music, friends were greeting one another, and the Summer Farm Dinner Fundraiser was in full swing.

JCOGS member Nat Bacon, head cheesemaker at Jasper Hill Farm, led a fascinating tasting of some of the finest cheeses in the world. Rare is the synagogue that can boast a world-class cheese tasting. Guests sampled Little Hosmer, Cabot Clothbound, Alpha Tolman, Bayley Hazen Blue, and Winnimere while learning about what they were eating. Winnimere, is made in the spring and found only in the local area, as it is sensitive to travel. Little Hosmer is traditionally made by women. And every cheese made at Jasper Hill is named for a Vermont location. 

As the evening wore on, guests browsed the silent auction, dined on food so fresh it had been picked yards away that morning, and sang Happy Birthday to Edie. And as the sun sank, the old friends debated the best way to roast a marshmallow as they made s'mores by the camp fire. 

We are deeply grateful to Sara and Bob Schlosser, who opened their hearts and their farm to JCOGS, working long hours to provide this beautiful evening to benefit JCOGS. Sandiwood Farm is a land of deep beauty where everyone slows down just a little and embraces the moment. Everyone agrees: there's just something about Sandiwood.

Thank you also to Patti and Linda, our auction co-chairs, who put in countless hours to make this auction a success. While most of the silent auction items sold, there were a few awesome offerings left. JCOGS members are invited to bid on these remaining items, which are listed below with minimum bids. If you'd like to see any of the items, drop by JCOGS or email to arrange for a photo. To bid, simply email by next Wednesday, July 31, with your minimum and maximum bid. Help close out our summer fundraiser as a resounding success. 

  • Signed, framed Karen Hallion print (value $300, minimum bid $100)
  • Mosaic by Bette Ann Libby (value $250, minimum bid $175)
  • Craig Mooney painting "Forest Trail" (value $2500, minimum bid $1250)
  • Two Stowe Theatre Guild tickets (value $40, minimum bid $20)
  • Three-night stay at Spruce Peak studio apartment with spa passes (value $2000, minimum bid $1000)
  • Seven-day stay at Casa Heavenly (value $14,000, minimum bid $7000)
  • Health coach consult and book (value $120, minimum bid $60)
  • Jewish genealogy session (value $120, minimum bid $60)
  • Mindful eating 12-week program (value $1800, minimum bid $900)
  • Pinnacle Ski & Sports package: (choice of any 2020 Men’s or Women’s Volkl Skis with marker binding up to $1000 in value. Ski/Snowboard Season Tuning Pass. New junior ski/snowboard season lease. Inner Bootworks: custom foot bed) (value $1250, minimum bid $625)
  • Power lunch with Tom Kearney (value $150, minimum bid $75)
  • Shmuel Katz signed lithograph (value $450, minimum bid $200)
  • Song writing session with Rachel Funk: (value $180, minimum bid $90)
  • VT Pottery Works leaf mold platter (value $145, minimum bid $75)

Stay tuned for a complete list of all our auction item donors!


07/01/2019 09:31:08 AM


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SJFF is back for its fourth summer of fabulous films!
Mark your calendars, get your tickets, BE THERE!!!
This summer, we are moving up the mountain
to Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center…

comfy seats, state-of-the-art sound system and screen…
a perfect setting for 4 evenings of great film…
Tickets still $10 in advance and $15 at the door!
Want to see the whole schedule? CLICK HERE
Want to read more about the films? CLICK HERE
Want to just buy your tickets now? CLICK HERE

But WAIT….there’s more! On Tuesday, July 9 th , come kick off the
festival with a REGGAE BASH at Zen Barn in Waterbury! Honor the
spirit of our opening film, Reaching For Zion with Vermont reggae band Soulstice

(8 pm, admission by donation to support the film festival).

Come early for dinner and stay for the music!

Helping send refugees to camp

06/27/2019 06:13:17 PM


Our tikkun olam committee stepped up this summer to help three refugee boys attend camp. The boys have a scholarship to attend Camp Killooleet, an overnight camp in Vermont. JCOGS collected and packed all the gear these boys would need. Thank you to all the people who went through their hand-me-downs and donated funds, and a special thanks to our tikkun olam committee for packing them up. We'll be driving the boys to camp on Saturday!


05/28/2019 01:23:54 PM


There is great comfort in knowing that every Friday morning, all around the world, Jews are starting challah dough. Some are using stand mixers, others are using bread machines, and many are going about it the old-fashioned way. They’re using different flours and time-honored recipes and a few just may have switched over to the new one in this month’s Cooks Illustrated (seriously, check it out). But no matter how they do it and what they put in, as 6 AM slots into place in time zones around the world, Jews are starting challah dough.

How do you make your challah? And who does it make you think of?

Family & Friends

05/12/2019 09:44:52 AM


Friday night, May 10, was one of the most special Shabbat services of the year. We gathered to celebrate the end of the Olam Chesed school year, a year that was dedicated to learning about holiness. But this wasn't just a service for the children, as families were encouraged to bring parents and grandparents. For children whose grandparents live too far to come, JCOGS elders volunteered to be Bubbie and Zaydie for the night. Blessings were given, prayers were sung, food was eaten, and bonds were made. The partition had to be opened because there were far too many generations celebrating to fit into the sanctuary. L'dor vador לדור ודור - from generation to generation.

JCOGS brings poignant survivor's story to Olam Chesed and 300+ children in Northern Vermont for Yom haShoah

05/06/2019 01:22:07 PM


Read Henny's story in Sevendays 

See WPTZ's story on Yom haShoah

Members' Dessert Potluck

05/04/2019 07:35:26 PM


Ritz pie, gluten-free brownies, apricot shortbread, and chocolate coconut cake were on display Sunday night, when more than 60 JCOGS members threw a boisterous dessert potluck at the home of JCOGS president Emily Rosenbaum. A decadent and calorie-filled time was had by all. To see more photos, like our Facebook page.

Warming Shelter

05/04/2019 07:33:55 PM


JCOGS member Jacquie Mauer and Rabbi David have worked tirelessly to ensure there is a shelter in Lamoille County for those experiencing homelessness. Read the article here.

All the Chairs, All the Repairs

03/17/2019 07:32:45 PM


We're refinishing the floors in May, but it turns out that the plastic floor protectors on the bottoms of our chairs were doing the exact opposite of protecting our floors. Those plastic discs were stuck on good, but a fierce team of volunteers showed up with vice grips and screwdrivers to remove them and put on new, softer floor protectors that won't scratch the wood. Now the chairs are ready to meet our refinished floors.

Sun, September 15 2019 15 Elul 5779