Rabbi David Fainsilber and his family joined the JCOGS community in 2013. He and his wife Alison Link and their sons, Adar, Yonah, and Hersh, live in the greater Stowe area, and have brought a surge of energy and spirit to JCOGS. The Jewish center has — and will continue to — benefit greatly from having a full-time rabbi who is an active, engaged member of the greater community. You may spot Rabbi David and his family snowshoeing the Notch, biking on the Lamoille Rail Trail, or schmoozing at the farmers’ market. Rabbi David enhances JCOGS with his love of music, focus on family and youth, and warm, pastoral presence. Along with weekly musical Shabbat services, he offers a regular Torah study and other adult-education classes, and has been instrumental in the expansion of our Religious School and year-round family programs. Rabbi David’s religious education spans both Canada and the United States. He grew up in Montreal and earned an honors degree in religious studies from the University of British Columbia. He was ordained in 2014 at the pluralistic Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, Mass.