Holocaust Remembrance Program

Sunday, May 8
At Mead Chapel, Middlebury College

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Rachel Joselson is an opera singer and an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Iowa. Her most recent recording is a CD of Holocaust-themed songs, with pianist (and fellow University of Iowa Professor) Rene Lecuona to be released by Albany Records.

As a soprano of  Eastern European Jewish heritage, Rachel is passionate about interpreting and presenting this repertoire.  Rachel and Rene are currently touring the country giving presentations scheduled around Yom HaShoah, and we are lucky enough to have them present here in Middlebury, in a joint Middlebury College/Hillel/Havurah event, on Sunday, May 8th.

Their presentation will include three arrangements of Yiddish folksongs by renowned classical composer Viktor Ullmann, an inmate at Terezin who perished in Auschwitz.  Terezin was designated as an “artist colony” by the Nazis.  They present several selections by Ilse Weber, who composed mainly for the children interned there, separated from their parents—lullabyes, songs to give hope, and wistful songs of escaping the camp remembering home. They will perform Ein jüdisches Kind by Carlo Taube, which speaks of how Jewish children are in so many ways like all other children, but without a homeland. Ich Weiss bestimmt, ich werd Dich wiedersehn by Adolf Strauss is an example of a cabaret song, resembling light-hearted operetta, but macabre and thematically tragic— young lovers who know for sure they won’t be seeing each other ever again. In addition, Wiegenlied by Gideon Klein (Hebrew).

They will do several contemporary German-language selections by Norbert Glanzberg. Born in Poland in 1910, Glanzberg escaped to France where he was banned from the classical composers’ union. He served on the Polish front and then dedicated many years of his long life to film music, songs and show business. His name, up till the last quarter of his career, was always associated with the entertainment world and such famous names as Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Maurice Chevalier. In the late 1980s, he returned to his classical roots and Jewish heritage. He was inspired by a collection of writings by prisoners in concentration camps, both Jews and resistance fighters: Der Tod ist ein Meister aus Deutschland, later adapted for a documentary by Lea Rosh.

Be sure not to miss this moving program as we remember the lives lost and celebrate the music that lives on.

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Dr. Rachel Joselson


Tu B’shevat Seder & Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck

Friday, January 22 at 6:15pm
at Havurah House 

In the 16th century, the mystics of Safed developed new traditions to celebrate the joyous union of divine and earthly realms.  Two of these were Kabbalat Shabbat, to welcome the Sabbath Bride and the Tu b’Shevat Seder, to honor the new year for trees and to pray for the flourishing of the Tree of Life.  Join us at 6:15 pm on Friday night, Jan 22, to celebrate both Kabbalat Shabbat and Tu b’Shevat with a brief seder of wine, chanting, poetry, and song to celebrate our spiritual connection to nature and one another.

This is our first effort in a new series of adult-centered, spiritually-focused Kabbalat Shabbat services at Havurah, and while all are very welcome, it will not be geared to children in the way that Hebrew school-centered Friday night services are.  Come unwind from the week and start Shabbat off right.  Bring a bottle of red or white wine or grape juice, and dried and fresh fruits to share (please no nuts due to allergies).

The seder/service will lead into a pot luck dinner around 7 or 7:15 pm, so feel free to join us for that even if you don’t make the service; just bring a dish to share (complies with Havurah Kashrut Policy) The services are being facilitated by Rebecca Gould and Rabbi David Edleson, so contact them at dedleson@gmail.com, or call (802) 453-5760 and leave a message.

RSVP to hheddirector@gmail.com and let us know what dish you’re bringing!

Chanukah Carnival

Monday, December 14th 4:15-5:15pm
at Havurah House (56 N. Pleasant St.)
Co-sponsored by PJ Library in VT

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Be sure to join us for this exciting event as we close out the Chanukah holiday. Our B’nei Mitzvah class and parent volunteers will be running several stations for participants to rotate through. We’ll have Chanukah Bingo & Jewpardy, Dreidel Games, Crafts and more! Delicious latkes, jelly donuts, other snacks and refreshments will be available. Don’t miss the PJ Library story time and chance to learn more about this awesome program that helps provide Jewish books to children across Vermont!

In order for us to prepare our setup needs please RSVP to Sarit Katzew at HHEdDirector@gmail.com by December 10th.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!!

Havurah Annual Chanukah Party

Saturday, December 12th 4-7pm
at Havurah House (56 N. Pleasant St.)


Please join us for the annual Chanukah party! We’ll have storytelling, kids crafts, live klezmer music, Dreidel games, Israeli dancing and more. Bring a batch of your best potato latkes with all the fixings for everyone to enjoy and a chanukiyah with candles to light as a community. All ages welcome.

Questions? Contact Amy Trubek at ATrubek@uvm.edu

Community Meeting & Dessert Potluck Thursday, November 12 7-9pm

Thursday, November 12  7-9pm
Havurah House, 56 N. Pleasant St., Middlebury

In recognition of this exciting time of new beginnings, Havurah invites all its members, and those interested in supporting a vibrant Jewish community in Addison County, to its Community Meeting & Dessert Potluck, on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7-9 p.m. The meeting will be held at Havurah House, 56 North Pleasant St., Middlebury. Only handicap parking is available on site; all others are invited to use the parking lot generously provided at the Middlebury United Methodist Church at the intersection of North Pleasant and Seminary streets, or to park in town.

Join us as we look toward the communitys future, and envision our long-term goals and aspirations. Those attending are asked to bring a delicious dessert to share, and more importantly, their insights and ideas to help be the architects of this vibrant Jewish community.
Please RSVP to HHEdDirector@gmail.com

Family Fun Day- October 25

Sunday, October 25 at 2pm

Come get lost in the corn maze, enjoy a wagon ride and join our pumpkin carving workshop to hone your skills just in time for Halloween!

Each participant will receive pumpkin recipe packet and carving templates. Make your own s’mores and other treats will be served as well.

$5/person (includes a pumpkin) Kids under 3 are free!

Register by emailing Sarit Katzew at HHEdDirector@gmail.com.

Come Enjoy Our Sukkah

Now that the Havurah sukkah is up we invite you to come enjoy it! Bring a picnic meal to eat (bring your own camping chairs or blankets), stop by in the evening to watch the stars come out through the schach (roof covering), or just stop by as you enjoy a nice stroll around town.
sukkah at havurah
Special thanks to Pam Berenbaum and all those who helped put up our sukkah!
If you would like to use the Havurah lulav & etrog set
please click here to set up a time.

Apple Picking for Young Families Sunday, Sept. 20

Please join us SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th
from 3-5pm at Happy Valley Orchard
in Middlebury (217 Quarry Road)

apple picking little girl

Gather with other young families in the community
to enjoy an afternoon out in the orchard.
No admission cost– just pay for what you pick!

apple basket

$5- 1/2 peck
$8- peck
$14- 1/2 bushel
$28- bushel
Families are welcome to share bags/bushels in order to get more apples for less!
This event is open to the public.

Please RSVP to Sarit Katzew at
HHEdDirector@gmail.com by Sept. 16

Successful Havurah Project Day!

On August 20th members of the Havurah Community gathered together at Havurah House to tackle various projects. From organizing the library, to school supply inventory to cleaning the front porch from top to bottom, vacuuming and window washing, participants rolled up their sleeves and got to work. We completed our task list and the building looks great!

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Special thanks to Karen Lefkoe for helping to coordinate and oversee the project day. Thank you to our cleaners: Karen Lefkoe, David Rosenberg, Sophie Saunders, Max & Lois Kraus, Susan Greenberg, Rachel & Kestrel Edwards and Lauri London.

August 22 Shabbat Potluck

Spotluckaturday, August 22
at the home of Lauri London
5 Chipman Heights near Seminary St. in Middlebury
Our July potluck was a wonderful success!
Conversation flowed freely, delicious food was enjoyed by all and an informal outdoor Havdalah rounded out a lovely evening.
We are gathering again next month so please bring a dish to share and come enjoy a chance to connect with the Havurah community.
Prospective members welcome!