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Hashkiveinu reflections

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

See Willa Bruckner's presentation from Friday, January 15.  Text available here.

January 8: Claudia Woodward's discussion of the prayer

January 8: Claudia Woodward's singing on January 8

rabbinic events

Morning Meditation
January 27, 10am

Morning Meditation with Rabbi David includes singing, journaling, and a short sitting meditation.  Each week, we explore a relevant theme, something to touch the heart and our times.

Please register here.

Shabbat Shira and Album Launch
January 29, 7pm

Shabbat Shira Kabbalat Shabbat & Album Launch - The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, Vermont and Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis celebrate the album launch of Hashkiveinu by Rabbis Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg, David Fainsilber, and Micah Shapiro. Join us for a special Shabbat Shira Kabbalat Shabbat featuring the music from this new release.  Please register here.

Rabbi david's birthday shabbat

Rabbi David celebrated his 40th birthday October 30th. Here are a couple special moments from Shabbat:

Rabbi David and Adar singing Shiviti

Rabbi Victor Reinstein on lech l'cha

Month of elul and resilience

Elul is traditionally a month for spiritual examination, preparing us for the High Holidays.  Our members explored the theme of “resilience in the face of challenge”. Inspired by personal experience and traditional texts, our members will give artistic and creative expression to the question of how we want to live our lives this coming year. 

Click on the names to see their presentations.

August 21, 2020 - Amy Wenger and Susan Bauchner 

August 28, 2020 - Willa Bruckner and Claudia Woodward

September 4, 2020 - Aron Temkin and Priscilla Minkin

September 11, 2020 - Rachel Funk and Sadie Ellner



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, January 26 2021 13 Sh'vat 5781