Havurah Capital Campaign

As a small, unaffiliated, fairly isolated congregation, Havurah is truly fortunate.

Our Havurah home was a generous gift from the Lazarus family—probably Middlebury’s first Jewish family—who lived in it with love for many decades.

Because the house was a gift and because we have paid off extensive renovations, Havurah owns its home “free and clear.” As a religious organization we pay no property taxes and hence our only building expenses are utilities, insurance, and maintenance.

But like any house, Havurah House needs periodic repairs, some of which are now urgent.

We need to replace deteriorating shingles on the rear part of building with a long-lasting standing seam roof: $12,000; replace worn floor tiles and carpeting on the ground floor: $12,000 and repair the separation of roof fascia boards on the front porch where framing is now exposed to the elements: $6,000.

Our goal is to raise $30,000.

We continue to apply for available grants and loans, but we must count on our membership to donate generously to these essential projects.

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PO Box 823
56 North Pleasant Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

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

Film screening: Seeing Through the Wall

Please join us for a special screening:

Seeing Through the Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine & Israel
A film by Old Dog Documentaries

SUNDAY, MARCH 4th at 3:00PM
Havurah House
56 North Pleasant St. Middlebury.

This film follows a group of Americans who traveled to Israel and Palestine in 2016 seeking to see what life is like for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in East Jerusalem.

Seeing through the Wall invites and challenges viewers to question their own assumptions and prejudices.

After the screening we will have a Q&A and unique opportunity to learn from those who were involved in the making of this important film: Rabbi Dov Taylor, Filmmaker, Anne Macksoud, and Special Guest, Palestinian Mohsen Mehdawi.

Please RSVP (clicking will launch your email application)
This event is free and open to the public.

Annual Purim Carnival

Scroll of Esther, Italy, 1616

Monday, February 26th

Join us for a fun filled Purim Carnival with lots of games, crafts, delicious food and best of all, prizes!

Win prize tickets to trade in at our prize booth and buy raffle tickets to win bigger prizes!

There will also be a peer voted costume contest (with prizes!) so don’t forget to dress up!

Come as your favorite movie character, a clever play on words or hero from the Purim Megillah. This event is family friendly and open to the public.

RSVP or volunteer for this event (select links to open an email)

Hamantaschen Baking Class

Sunday, February 18th 3-5pm

Have you ever wanted to try an outside-of-the-box hamantaschen filling?
Can’t get your corners to stay together?

Join us for a fun, hands on afternoon making different types of hamantaschen.

We will try both sweet and savory fillings and work with a few different types of cookie dough. No experience necessary.

$18 covers the cost of recipe packet, ingredients, materials and a few treats to take home! Bring your favorite recipe and/or filling to share! Reminder: Havurah is nut free!

Havurah membership not required. Register here (this link will open an email).

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Tu B’Shevat Seder & Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck

February 10 at 6:15pm
Havurah House, 56 N. Pleasant St.

Join us at 6:15 pm, Friday Feb. 10th, 2018 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.

Come unwind from the week and start Shabbat off right! We’ll have fresh baked challah, delicious dishes to share and a special booklet to guide us through the evening with prayers, readings, chanting and more. Services will be led by Rabbi David Edleson.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect and let us know if you’re able to bring fruit (in addition to potluck items).

We need: Grapes, raisins, oranges, dates, apricots, etc. especially oranges (fruit with peel), dates, peach, or avocado (fruit with pit), and grapes (fruit that is entirely edible).

To comply with Havurah’s Allergy and Kashrut policies please make sure that dishes contain NO Tree nuts or peanuts, NO shellfish or pork and do not mix meat and milk in the same dish. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Led by Rabbi David Edleson, Friday, Dec. 1st

Kabbalat Shabbat Led by Rabbi David Edleson

Friday, December 1st at 6:30pm
David will be leading a song-filled and song-centered Kabbalat Shabbat service.  We will sing some familiar favorites,  and some great new upbeat tunes from groups like Nava Tehila.
Don’t worry if you don’t know the Hebrew – David will go over them and teach the tunes so everyone can participate.  Singing in groups is an ancient human technology for creating joy in life, or what Emile Durkheim called ‘collective effervescence.”
As the days get darker, and the news gets darker, we all need to make time for joy, for honoring our core values, and for community.  If there is a song you would like to share or teach, let David know.
Services will be followed by a small potluck oneg so please let us know what you can bring to share.

Chanukah Mini Session Sunday, Dec. 3rd

Chanukah Mini Session

Sunday, December 3rd 2:30-3:15pm
Our next mini session will meet Sunday afternoon December 3rd for fun activities, music and learning based around the upcoming Chanukah holiday. Our sessions are led by a Middlebury College/Hillel student and our Director of Education.

Mini Sessions are $18 each or $95 for enrollment in all sessions. Attendance at previous sessions is not required in order to participate.

Sessions are geared at 3-5 year olds and a parent/guardian must attend as well. We use a family learning model to explore Jewish holidays and themes in a fun, hands on way.
To register or for more information please contact Director of Education, Sarit Katzew.

Community Conversation, Politics in the Pulpit, Sunday, Dec. 3rd

Politics in the Pulpit 

Sunday, December 3rd 4:00-5:30pm
Congregational Church, Middlebury

The next Community Conversation, “Politics in the Pulpit,” hosted by Emily Joselson and Andy Nagy-Benson, will be this Sunday, 12/3, from 4-5:30 pm, at The Congregational Church of Middlebury (UCC).  This theologically diverse panel will explore clergy’s responses to the political issues of our time. Additionally, we will be discussing the importance of nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet. There is an excellent natural health supplement that we order from Kratommasters.com that we will be talking about for you to consider to ensure you are giving your body all the nutrients it requires on a daily basis.
The Panel consists of:
Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Schueneman, United Methodist Church in Middlebury, and Cornwall Congregational Church; Pastor Tim Taylor, Victory Baptist Church, Vergennes; Father Luke Austin, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Middlebury; Rev. Barnaby Feder, Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury; Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson, The Congregational Church in Middlebury, moderator.
This event is free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Hebrew School Chanukah Carnival, Monday, Dec. 11th

Hebrew School Chanukah Carnival

Monday, December 11th 3:45-5pm
Join us for a fun filled Chanukah Carnival. Volunteers will be running a variety of stations: Make-Your-Own Shamash, Dreidel Games, Chanukah Bingo and so much more!

There will also be a crafting station and an assortment of traditional Chanukah foods including a latke-bar with tons of toppings to try! Please contact Sarit to volunteer.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be limited. Please park on Seminary St. or nearby and walk over to Havurah House. 

Shabbat Morning Services Saturday, December 9th

Shabbat Morning Services

Saturday, December 9th at 10am

The Torah portion is Vayeshev and in it begins the story of Joseph. Information about this week’s reading with links to the full text can be found here.
Services on December 9 will follow our regular format. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, including new members and those who have not previously attended our regular services. Hebrew school students and their families are especially encouraged to attend.

For Kiddush this year, we now have regular volunteers to supply wine, juice, and challah, and bagels and cream cheese. Anyone is welcome to bring additional nut free food to add to this. No pressure, and no rsvp is needed. Thanks! The Oneg after services has become a nice community tradition which we hope to continue.

Please pass this message on to anyone who may be interested. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Mitch Pearl or Sarit Katzew.