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rabbinic events / d'var

Olivia's bat mitzvah and Shabbat Torah service
Saturday, July 3, 10:00am

Come celebrate this joyous occasion with Olivia and her family as she is called to the Torah as a  bat mitzvah. Register here.


A clip from Rabbi David's D'var on Lag B'omer and the tragedy in Israel.  Full sermon from April 30th available here.

In person Kibbitz Conversations
June 26, 5pm

Please join your board members, membership committee members, and Rabbi David for a fun evening of conversation and reconnection with others from the JCOGS community. There will be some old friends, newer friends and friends you've yet to meet!  Plus, a delectable nosh and coffee and tea will be served from the JCOGS Café. Please register.

Clips from service with Dr. Galeet dardashti 

Dr. Dardashti singing L'cha Dodi

Dr. Dardashti's D'var

Dr. Dardashti singing v'Shamru

hashkiveinu reflections

Throughout the month of January and the first two weeks of February, members presented short reflections on Hashkiveinu.

Final Presentation - February 12: Rachel Funk's Hashkiveinu Reflection and song

January 15: Willa Bruckner's reflection. Text available here.

February 5: Susan Bauchner's reflection.  Text available here.

January 15: Willa Bruckner's reflection. Text available here.

February 5: Susan Bauchner's reflection.  Text available here.

January 8: Claudia Woodward's discussion of the prayer

January 8: Claudia Woodward's singing on January 8

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

Sun, June 13 2021 3 Tammuz 5781