Tu B’Shevat, Birthday of the Trees

Tu B’shevat is celebrated this year beginning at sundown on Wednesday, January 27 and ending at sundown on Thursday, January 28. 

*Check back for ideas on fun ways to celebrate, holiday foods and rituals to try, and an array of at-home resources. 

Learn more about the holiday by watching this video from MyJewishLearning

Spring Fun(d)raiser

Saturday, April 6, 6-9 pm at Havurah House 56 N. Pleasant St., Middlebury

Havurah House will transform into a lovely, sparkling venue, with music, wine and delicious food. This event will provide us with an opportunity to socialize, visit with old friends, make new ones, and just get to know each other better, all while helping to support Havurah.

The cost is $25 per person (If you bring a potluck dish you’ll get a free raffle ticket with your admission.)
Please RSVP by March 29.
Childcare: We have scheduled child friendly programming at Havurah House.
$10/child (ages 6-13) gets your children fed and entertained!
*If you are not able to attend please consider donating the cost of an admission ticket (or any amount you are able!).
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…or send a check via USPS:

PO Box 823
56 North Pleasant Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

Capital Campaign Update

With generous support from our members, friends, and the broader community, we are within reach of our Capital Campaign fundraising goal.

Before the year ends, please make a donation to help Havurah reach its goal to maintain our historic home.

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Or send a payment by check:

PO Box 823
56 North Pleasant Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

Thank you for your support. With warm regards for the new year and to a long and happy future for Havurah in Addison County.

Sacred Text Burial

Sacred Text Burial and Talk by Torah Scribe Kevin Hale

Thursday, September 27

4:45pm at The Knoll (formally the College Organic Farm), Route 125

What happens to sacred texts when it has reached the end of its useful life?

Come find out how some traditions retire their sacred texts as we are led in a Jewish version of this ceremony by visiting Torah scribe Rabbi Kevin Hale, and in a multi-faith ceremony by the Middlebury College Chaplains.

The Havurah library will be contributing some texts in need of sacred burial.

After the texts are buried you are invited to remain at The Knoll to hear from Rabbi Hale about the work of a scribe and how sacred texts are handled in the Jewish tradition.

In the event of rain, the burial will still take place at the Knoll, but the talk will be in
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 219 from 5:30-6:00 pm.

Please dress for the weather.

Co-sponsored by Special Collections and Archives, Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Department of Religion, and Jewish Studies.

Come help build the Havurah sukkah

SUKKAH BUILDING on Sunday, September 23

On Sunday, September 23, we will put up the sukkah behind Havurah House.

We will meet at Havurah House between 1-2pm to begin the construction and decorating.

It should go up quickly if we have at least 4 to 6 volunteers working together.

Hardcore construction skills are NOT required.

It helps just to have people hold walls in place while others do the attaching.

We will have enough ladders and drills (but feel free to bring your own).

A pair of work or gardening gloves is recommended.
Not a builder? That’s OK. You can help out in other ways like bringing a snack for the workers or bringing some decorations (corn, gourds and mini pumpkins)!

Adults and kids alike can assist at our decoration station. Come help make paper chains and other crafts to hang in and to beautify our sukkah.

 Please RSVP so we have a sense of how many helpers we have!


Erev Sukkot Service & Potluck Dinner

Erev Sukkot Service & Potluck Dinner
Sunday, September 23 at 5:30pm

This year we will be hosting a brief Erev Sukkot Service in the Sukkah (weather permitting) followed by a special potluck dinner. We especially encourage people to bring food items related to the fall harvest and extra points for any locally grown items (perhaps from your own garden!)

We wanted to offer an opportunity to come together, shake a lulav, raise our voices and recall the meaningful themes of this festival holiday.

Our brief service will begin shortly after we gather at 5:30pm and dinner should be underway by 6:15pm. Feel free to bring your own lulav/etrog set but we will have one available.

Please let us know what delicious nut-free dish you can bring so we can plan our set up needs RSVP by Sept. 20 .

Apple Picking Event at Happy Valley Orchard

Annual Havurah Apple Picking Event at Happy Valley Orchard
Sunday, September 16th at 11am

Please join us on September 16th for Apple picking. We will meet for a welcome circle and then break off into smaller groups to venture out into the orchard, which is a big garden with apple trees and many other plants, flowers and even others glow decoration you could find at this site. Last year we had a great group, including some Hillel students and we hope to see everyone again this year!

The event is free and open to the public (optional donations will be collected). Just pay for what you pick!

Recipe packets will be available to help you make use of all those apples.

To help plan our set up needs please RSVP by September 13.

Happy Valley is located at 217 Quarry Rd in Middlebury. Parking available on site.

All ages welcome!

High Holy Day Food Drive

We are preparing for our High Holy Day Food Drive and need a few volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly!

Bags will be handed out at Rosh Hashanah Services (and available at Havurah House) to be returned on Yom Kippur full of non perishable foods. There will also be an ongoing collection site at Havurah House.

Tasks include: affixing flyers to the donation bags, getting materials over to Mead Chapel, handing out bags at the end of Rosh Hashanah services and driving filled bags to H.O.P.E. after Yom Kippur. This is a great opportunity for recent B’nei Mitzvah age students but any and all help is appreciated!

All food collected will be donated to H.O.P.E. and help to feed families right here in our own community. We are still looking for volunteers to help coordinate this effort so if you are able to help please contact Sarit Katzew.

High Holy Day Schedule for 5779

View the full service schedule with times, locations, and Break-Fast details by clicking here.
Sunday, September 9– Erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 10– Rosh Hashanah I

Tuesday, September 11– Rosh Hashanah II

Tuesday, September 18– Kol Nidre

Wednesday, September 19– Yom Kippur

We are hoping to once again offer Children’s Programming/Service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. To help us plan accordingly please let us know if you would like your child(ren) to attend.

Image courtesy Edmonton Jewish News.