On July 12 at 5 p.m., prior to our Shabbat service, we will join others as the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition hosts the Lights for Liberty worldwide protest. Join us as we protest the inhumane conditions faced by asylum seekers, refugees, and especially children who are presently in detention centers.

Then join Rabbi David Fainsilber, musicians and the spontaneous choir for our most popular Musical Shabbat service at 6 p.m. A catered oneg will follow the service. Use our convenient online reservation system at jcogs.org for donations. Guests and visitors to Stowe are most welcome. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe is located on Cape Cod Road, off Mountain Road.

Save the date, July 22, at 6 p.m. for the staged reading of Jennifer Maisel’s new play, “Eight Nights.” A panel discussion will follow the performance. All proceeds will benefit the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. It has carried out its mission since 1881.

With more twists and turns than one can imagine, our Torah portion for this coming Shabbat is Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1). Central to this portion are the deaths of Miriam and Aaron. Their deaths underscore the roles and responsibilities each carried out. Miriam’s leadership skill sets were clearly apparent throughout the wanderings in the wilderness. Her outgoing personality allowed her to lead the women with tambourine to dance and sing.

Eleazar succeeds Aaron as the chief priest. And Moses continues to be the exemplary, diplomatic and humble leader.

— Patti C. Rubin

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