Are you seeking a meditative, transformational, haimish Shabbat? Then make plans to attend our Homegrown Shabbat on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Lay leaders will join Rabbi David Fainsilber on the bimah for this “organic” music-filled service.

Guests and visitors to Stowe are most welcome. In keeping with the theme, please bring a vegetarian/ vegan peanut-free potluck dish to share.

Mazel Tov to Asher Rosenbaum. Asher will become a bar mitzvah on the JCOGS bimah on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. And on Sunday, Sept. 15, Race the Rabbi returns. It is a family-friendly fundraiser in support of Lamoille Community House. All ages welcome. Visit jcogs.org for the specs on the 5K and Family Fun Run.

The High Holy Days are fast approaching. In addition to our introspection, online RSVP responses are needed for guest tickets, child-minding, and break-the-fast. Please visit jcogs.org as part of your preparation.

Contained in Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19), our Torah portion for this coming Shabbat, are 74 mitzvot and laws, the largest number to appear in any Torah portion. Topics addressed range from family relations to sexual misconduct to laws protecting the vulnerable, which includes animals.

Chapter 22 contains several verses that remind us of our responsibility to respect the animals that have lived alongside us since creation. If you are unaware or have forgotten: God created the kingdom of animals before humankind.

Ki Teitzei reminds us that it is a balanced, diverse society that we seek.

— Patti C. Rubin

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