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    See the Light, Be the Light

           I was moved by the theme of unity so beautifully portrayed throughout inauguration day Wednesday. As much as this is an ideal for the US, it seems to be the motivating principle behind JCVT and our role in sharing, celebrating and supporting the diversity of Jewish life in Vermont.       In my short time as JCVT director, I’ve been honored to speak with many Vermont Jewish leaders, mostly clergy, who convey their deep belief in welcoming Jewish life in whatever way is meaningful for each individual. Even these religious leaders recognize that many Jews may never feel comfortable going to synagogue yet honor Jewish identity that manifests itself in other ways,…

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    WELCOME TO THE NEW JCVT NEWSLETTER!!!

    Link to the newsletter here. As the new Executive Director of JCVT, I see many possibilities for us to better support, inspire and celebrate the diversity of Jewish experience in Vermont. Communications seems key to anything we do to connect JCVT to Vermonters and to help you connect to each other and the Jewish community here and beyond our borders. We will be instituting several changes that we hope enhance our communications. One of the first is the creation of this bi-weekly newsletter to complement the events calendar (previously called the JCVT newsletter) which will be published on alternate weeks. The newsletter will include news from JCVT and our affiliated…

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    Inspiring Music for the New Year

    I just discovered Koolulam, thinking everyone must have seen them through some social media. Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society. I hope this example of their work brightens your day and offers a positive message as we head into a New Year.

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    Camp Gan Israel Remains Open, Healthy, and Positive

    Not one complaint is heard from the cluster of children waiting outside Camp Gan Israel in Burlington, VT as they wait to be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before they are allowed to enter camp. Instead chatter, laughter, and smiles fill the sidewalk each morning as campers patiently and excitedly stand with their friends awaiting the activities of camp ahead. Along with all other summer camps across the nation, Camp Gan Israel of Burlington, VT, which is part of the largest and fastest growing networking of Jewish day camps in the world for children ages 5-12, was forced to decide whether to close for the summer or adjust to new…