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Housing & homelessness

03/25/2022 01:05:53 PM


Got A Minute? JCOGS Wants To Hear From You

03/25/2022 09:21:10 AM


Purim for Ukraine

03/17/2022 05:14:39 PM


COVID protocols update

03/11/2022 12:18:54 PM


Introducing Alison Kaminer, JCOGS Director of Operations

03/07/2022 06:00:24 AM



03/04/2022 01:09:25 PM


March is appeal-ing

03/01/2022 06:00:24 AM


69 adults, 27 children, homeless

02/18/2022 12:16:24 PM



02/18/2022 09:54:13 AM


What an incredible experience we had creating the burning bush out of ice! So many helping hands, from all the people who made ice blocks, to the adult volunteers who came to start the build, to the awesome Olam Chesed kids who came together to put the finishing touches on a beautiful sculpture!  Thank you greatly to Marni Leikin for her artistic direction, our Mitzvah class and Moni Liberman for the heroic filling and assembling of ice blocks, Nancy & Allan Salzman, Barbara Segal, Jamie Rauchman & Paul Hertz for setting up and starting the build, and the fantastic Olam Chesed kids who completed the build with enthusiasm and style! Special thanks to Patti Rubin for once again setting out delicious and belly-warming treats.  Gratitude to Black Cap and Round Hearth cafés for collecting a huge amount of cartons for the ice blocks.

Hmm, what should we build next year??





Prayer and music in action

02/11/2022 01:10:39 PM


Remembering now

01/28/2022 01:29:55 PM


Homelessness Donation Drive

01/28/2022 10:45:23 AM


"On Thursday January 20th, approximately 50 people gathered in the frigid weather, to bring attention to the current state of homelessness in our community. Today there are 61 adults and 29 children experiencing homelessness in Lamoille County. 
What can you do to help this challenging issue?  The Housing Task Force is organizing a donation drive for the Lamoille Community House.  The Lamoille Community House provides shelter for the homeless.  Please consider contributing by bringing these items to JCOGS. There will be a big box outside the front door for you to deposit these items.  The drive will run for two weeks between Monday January 31-February 14th.  All items must be new and still in its original packaging. 
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Hot/cold cups
  • Laundry pods 
  • Tissues
  • Disposable razors
You may also consider making a monetary donation directly to the Lamoille Community House by clicking on this link. 
Your donations are truly appreciated.
This LINK is a short video from our walk last week. 

JCOGS safety & Covid protocols

01/26/2022 03:02:25 PM


Stowe jewish film festival

01/24/2022 01:36:44 PM



We are actively seeking new members to join the SJFF committee! The charge of the committee is sharing the work to realize the festival, which includes film selection, marketing, ushering and logistical support during screenings and events, and more. If you have any interest in joining us, please let us know by completing the short form

Our next full committee meeting is tomorrow/Thursday, January 27th, and we would love for you to jump in then! Please RSVP

SJFF News:

We are delighted to update you about SJFF 2022, and announce and welcome the new leadership of the SJFF. Bobbi Rood and Marni Leikin will be stepping in as co-chairs. The festival’s initiating co-chairs, Edee Simon-Israel and Sara Tauben will continue to work with Bobbi and Marni towards a smooth transition creating a one-year executive committee. 

Bobbi has been an active member of the SJFF committee since its inception, contributing an important critical voice to the selection of films and generally ready to take on assigned tasks. Bobbi contributes her perspective as a social worker, with a focus on human rights. As a school counselor she coordinated grants for parenting workshops and wellness events. 

Marni is an academic, currently building educational programs and events for the companies, academia and the State of VT. She comes to us with years of experience as a veteran media arts artist and educator, having taught video production, documentary filmmaking and film/audio editing at the High School and college levels. She has produced large scale art and academic events in Vermont and Washington DC, and even has experience leading the education initiatives of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. 

We are confident that their combined abilities will serve to carry the SFJJ mission forward.

We are planning a hybrid festival for summer 2022, featuring in-person and virtual events and hope to greet you at live screenings and events in a few months! 

Most sincerely,

The SJFF Co-Chairs
Bobbi, Edee, Marni and Sara

We move forward

01/21/2022 12:53:11 PM


After Texas

01/17/2022 03:46:55 PM


we need cartons for our ice sculpture!

01/16/2022 09:55:48 AM


We’re building a community ice sculpture! We need LOTS of empty drink cartons! We’d appreciate your CLEANED juice/broth/milk/wine cartons (any size) which can be dropped off empty at JCOGS, 1189 Cape Cod Rd, by the back kitchen door any time before Feb 4th.

To prepare cartons for delivery: open or cut off the top and rinse fully!

If you want to make ice blocks yourself, please only use food coloring, and only in the colors yellow, orange, or red . Have the cartons completely open or the top cut off, and have them fully frozen and dropped off from Feb 4 to Feb 7. 

If you'd like to help with the pre-build on Feb 8th, please contact Beth at

Prayers for Texas synagogue

01/15/2022 08:25:09 PM


If the trees could talk…

01/14/2022 11:30:40 AM


Housing task force

01/10/2022 10:26:08 AM


During the High Holy Days, Rabbi David announced a new initiative at JCOGS: a year-long focus on one social action issue: food or housing insecurity.  With 70 JCOGS members filling out a survey to decide, the final verdict was split 35 votes to 35 votes!!  On the survey, some people volunteered to sign up for a task force.  The JCOGS board empowered this new group to make the final decision, and they overwhelmingly voted to place our energy and time towards housing issues in Lamoille valley.  Thus the creation of the first-ever JCOGS housing task force.
Our first action was to help the lamoille community house with its shelter wishlist.  We hope that you will please take a few minutes to drop off wishlist items at 103 Main Street Hyde Park, VT.
The housing task force has hopes of tackling housing issues from many different perspectives, such as education, advocacy, and direct action.  We are in the initial stages of coordinating a forum on housing with other faith communities.  The goal is to bring together key stakeholders (legislators, developers, those most impacted, greater community members like you) to educate folks in the community about housing issues, while finding solutions to barriers for more affordable options.  
In addition, one of our housing task force members, Cyndy Wyatt, will be sitting on the newly created working communities challenge housing workgroup, a community-wide initiative to create change across our county.  
I am also happy to report that several JCOGS congregants will be taking an exciting seven week course called, "Don't Kvetch Organize" through an organization called, Join for Justice-The Jewish Organizing Institute.  The Jewish Organizing Institute and Network for Justice (JOIN for Justice), is a national organization dedicated to training, supporting, and connecting Jewish organizers and their communities. For more information click on the links above. 
We are very excited to be making an impact on improving the lives of our neighbors.  If you are interested in joining the housing task force, please contact: Judith Wine,

Position Available: FT Synagogue Director of Operations

01/09/2022 11:03:36 PM


Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) 
1189 Cape Cod Road, Stowe, VT 05672 
Position Available: FT Synagogue Director of Operations

JCOGS is an inclusive, egalitarian Jewish community serving the diverse needs of our members.  Led by an energetic full-time Rabbi, along with a full-time Director of Youth and Family Education and two PT support staff (office/finance assistant and rabbi assistant), JCOGS is a vibrant home for Jewish life cycle, spiritual life, learning, and community events of a religiously and geographically diverse Jewish community.  The Director of Operations is the central point of contact and manager for JCOGS operations.  The Director of Operations is responsible for facilities management, financial oversight, membership engagement/management, program support, and effective administration of the policies and procedures established by the Board of Trustees.

Position Details: $55k - $65K total compensation package; generous paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; flexible health benefit


  • Operationalize JCOGS’s mission, goals, and initiatives as defined by the Board 

  • Provide program and communication support to Rabbi, Education Director and lay leaders by coordinating and promoting holiday, educational, social, cultural, and religious programming

    • Provide in person support for major events at JCOGS including, but not limited to, Mitzvah celebrations, fundraisers, High Holy Day services, major programming and events

    • Mangage/oversee operational aspects of Mitzvah celebrations and other lifecycle events (e.g., funerals, baby namings, etc.), including scheduling, production of printed materials, and facility use 

    • Assist with the writing, editing, and distribution of printed and electronic communications including weekly newsletter

    • Develop and coordinate social media outreach and marketing strategies 

  • Assist the Education Director to aid in the success of the Religious School

    • Oversee maintenance of school enrollment database and processing of school registrations and payments

    •  Assist with education budget development and management 

  • Supervision and administrative oversight 

    • Supervise, train, evaluate, and delegate tasks to support staff

    • Administrative oversight of Education Director

    • Create and implement guidelines, policies, and procedures for office staff 

    • Supervise the use, functioning, and maintenance of JCOGS’s technology

    • Oversee, monitor, and approve expenses and purchases within budgetary limits

  • Act as operational arm for successful lay committee operations, provide support for committee programming, attend major committee meetings and Board of Trustees meetings 

  • Work with Finance Committee in budget oversight.  Oversee all financials. 

  • Work with Building Committee to coordinate building and equipment maintenance and repair and oversee contractors/service workers; oversee implementation of security and emergency plans, oversee facility use; attend building committee meetings  

  • Membership 

    • Work with membership committee to develop and execute strategies for membership engagement, retention, and expansion; attend membership committee meetings 

    • Promote and support membership volunteerism

    • Work with Board and finance committee in the preparation, oversight, and review of JCOGS’s budget

    • Supervise finance assistant in the preparation of statements and acknowledgements for JCOGS members and donors and ensure members are properly billed for dues and other charges and are making timely payments

    • Manage membership appeals; identify and apply for alternative funding, grants, scholarships, and work with endowment campaign committee


  • Strong interpersonal/verbal skills and ability to exercise judgment, discretion, and professionalism when working collaboratively with members of congregation, lay leaders, Rabbi, and staff

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing

  • Strategic, big picture thinker

  • Ability to manage staff, and to prioritize and balance multiple responsibilities with attention to detail 

  • Demonstrate familiarity with and appreciation for Jewish life (lifecycle events, holidays, practices)

  • Knowledge of ShulCloud or other CRM programs, Canva/other graphic design platforms, G-suite, Zoom, website management, Microsoft Office preferred

  • 4+ years relevant experience

JCOGS is an equal opportunity employer.  We seek a broad and diverse pool of candidates and strongly believe that our community benefits from the perspectives and talents of a diverse staff.  We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or any other non-merit based status.

Contact: Submit resume and cover letter to Cyndy Wyatt, VP for staff, at  Resumes will be considered on a rolling basis until January 24, 2022.

January 6, 2021

01/07/2022 02:48:55 PM


The wishlists

12/24/2021 02:01:39 PM


Message from the President

12/20/2021 06:00:25 AM



12/17/2021 01:37:09 PM


Overcoming despair with faith

12/03/2021 01:23:40 PM


Warm toes

11/29/2021 06:00:09 AM


Message from the President

11/22/2021 10:43:55 AM


Fri, August 12 2022 15 Av 5782