To the Editor:

As the rabbi of the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, I often reflect on Jewish communal experience, past and present. Today in Vermont, the Jewish community feels blessed to live in this moment and place, grateful for our rights and privileges.

We are also deeply aware that the tumultuous times we live in require people of good conscience to continuously draw together in collaboration and in support of one another. The alternative would have us devolving back into history’s past, rather than progressing forward.

I have met, witnessed, and worked alongside enough people in this beautiful region of ours to know that we share this resolve toward the greater good.

With this spirit of coming together, JCOGS would like to extend a unique invitation to the greater community. Every Rosh Hashanah, our new year, we celebrate another year that has passed and the creation of this awe-inspiring world we live in. These High Holy Days are a time of reflection, prayer, music, community-building and, of course, good food.

Would you join us Sunday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at JCOGS as we bring in the new year with a service, followed by some delicious desserts and schmoozing?

Jews have not been — or plan to be — a proselytizing people. This is an invitation to our neighbors and friends to come as you are, to witness, and to take part in this festive time of our holidays. It is an invitation to join together.

With blessings for a happy new year: Shana tova!

Rabbi David Fainsilber

Jewish Community of Greater Stowe

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