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D'var Torah

Rabbi David's sermon/D'var Torah from Friday, March 20: Reach out your hearts to each other.

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Homegrown Judaism Online Kibbitz

Monday, Mar. 30, 7-8pm

Would you like to get to know your community members better? Want to curb those feelings of isolation? JCOGS has been holding a series of intimate conversations across our community at our member’s homes. Now, we go virtual! Join Rabbi David for a Kibbitz conversation. Come get to know your neighbors and fellow community members, find out what their passions are, what connects you, why each of you have found a home in Vermont and at JCOGS.  

Zoom! Link here:


Interfaith Seder: no more poverty

Reschedule date TBD

For thousands of years, people of many faiths have retold the ancient exodus from Egypt, making the story relevant to their own lives and society.  As recited in the Passover Seder — “All who are hungry: come, eat” — let us imagine a world without poverty.  Help our Lamoille County neighbors break the shackles of financial hardship.  Join us for the ritual, storytelling, inspiring words of action, and humble soup supper of this Interfaith Seder: no more poverty.  


Passover: Community Seder

Thursday, Apr. 9

Stay tuned for more information about celebrating our 2nd Night Seder virtually with Rabbi David!



June 22 - June 29, 2020

Join Rabbi David for this extraordinary trip to Israel.  Click here for the proposed itinerary and estimated cost. And don't hesitate to contact if you are interested or have questions!

Increase the Light

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Thank you to the entire community for coming out to be part of this amazing experience, and particularly to our partners: Stowe Media Group, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center (Community and Education Fund), the Helen Day Art Center, Stowe Performing Arts, and the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition, including St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe Community Church, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe, and Bahá'ís of Stowe.

Rabbi David Fainsilber

Rabbi David Fainsilber is the spiritual leader and first full-time rabbi of the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. Originally from Montreal, Rabbi David and his wife Alison joined our community in 2013. You may spot Rabbi David, Alison, and their three children skiing at the mountain, biking on the Lamoille Rail Trail, or schmoozing at the Farmers’ Market.

Rabbi David has brought a surge of energy and spirit to JCOGS. He has grown the JCOGS religious school 800%, reaching youth from birth to college. Rabbi David infuses Shabbat and Holy Days with spirit, and composes and records liturgical music. He is instrumental in working across the local community with faith, business, law enforcement, and educational leaders to help form the first homeless shelter in Lamoille County. Rabbi David is an active leader of the newly formed Morrisville-Stowe Coalition steering committee, tackling systemic bigotry in our community. His pastoral presence is healing in our turbulent world. His impact has been featured in the The Boston Globe, the Vermont weekly Seven Days, and VPR. Prior to moving to Vermont, Rabbi David served as an interfaith CIRCLE Fellow, AJWS Kol Tzedek Fellow, and as a rabbinic intern for Nehar Shalom, Kolot Chayeinu, and MIT and Tufts Hillels. Ordained at the pluralistic rabbinical school of Hebrew College, he also received a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Boston University and Hebrew College. He is currently part of the fourth cohort of the prestigious CLI Fellowship.

Rabbi David is more than slightly obsessed with Crossfit, enjoys chopping wood, and loves wrestling with his kids. Read his writings and listen to his music at

Tue, March 31 2020 6 Nisan 5780