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Israel Congregation of Manchester

Contact information - ​Cantor Scott Buckner – 802.768.1148 or [email protected]

Administrator- Lisa Bendik [email protected] or (802) 2362 4578

For membership information please contact ​Cantor Scott Buckner 

Mission Statement - To promote the spiritual, educational, and social welfare of its members; to maintain a house of worship for the community; to maintain a religious school; to maintain and promote facilities for youth and adult activities; and to strive for the constant betterment of society in accordance with the ideals of Judaism.

Organization Description - Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) is an independent, unaffiliated congregation that is the spiritual, cultural, and social home for diverse Jewish expressions in  southwestern Vermont and beyond. Our doors are open to people from all Jewish backgrounds, and we embrace interfaith couples as full members of our congregation. Our services are uplifting and filled with music, led by our creative and dynamic spiritual leader, Cantor Scott Buckner. Torah study becomes an enriching experience through the principles of Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice that engages congregants as they explore meaningful, ethical and actionable paths in life. Our weekly communal Shabbat dinners, preceded by a festive social hour, are a place to have fun and unwind, whether by catching up with old friends or by making new connections. We offer a dynamic Hebrew school and creative, engaging family education programming. Find a welcoming and inclusive home at ICM.

“Pre-neg” at 5:45pm every Friday with worship at 6:30pm, followed by a potluck dinner. Torah study is held each Shabbat morning at 9:00am.





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PJ OurWay

PJ OurWay

What is PJ Our Way?



PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 8½-11 – books that they choose themselves!
Monthly Choice

Every month, from the 1st – 10th, kids visit this website to choose a book from a selection of four high-quality titles that have been reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents, and kids. That's 12 free books a year! To make the choice easier, every title offered comes with a synopsis and author bios, ratings and reviews, and video trailers. Kids can also take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, and comment on blog posts.
Parent Input

On the Parent Blog, parents are invited to read about each book and find suggestions for family conversations. These blog posts give parents tools to help children make book choices that are appropriate for them.
A Safe Website

The PJ Our Way website is a safe place where kids can choose books, write reviews, and share ideas with others from around the country. All content on the website is moderated by PJ educators.
Design Team

Every fall, members of PJ Our Way may apply to be part of our national Design Team. Design Team members have early access to PJ Our Way books and create videos and reviews for the website. To become more involved with writing reviews and blogs, connect with us at [email protected]
Book Selection
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