Saturday may 19 - Sunday, May 20th

As we celebrate the awakening of the plant world and revelation within, join us for  this 4th annual Shavuot on the Mountain.  Living Tree in collaboration with JCOGSRuach HaMaqom, Roots and Trails, and Jewish Communities of Vermont, offers an inspirational weekend immersed in the beauty of the natural world, as we learn, hike, sing, dance, and share in a multi-generational community celebration.  Come for the whole event or just the part that is most appealing to you.  

We begin with a hike to Bingham Falls on Saturday afternoon for a Mikveh (ritual immersion).  Saturday evening we gather for blintzes, learning, ritual, and storytelling.  All are welcome to sleepover at JCOGS, either outside in a tent or in a sleeping bag in the building.  Sunday we will hike to the Mountain Chapel for a beautiful song filled experience.  There is also a shuttle to the Chapel, for additional fee!  

This event is RAIN OR SHINE! Bring Rain Gear and Waterproof footgear, and extra layers!

Pray for Sun too!

Questions during Shabbat please call 603-387-8697 as we will not be checking email!



 Schedule of Shavuot on the Mountain

Saturday, May 19, 2018

3 p.m.  Bingham Falls Hike and Mikveh (ritual bath/water dipping) to prepare ourselves for receiving the Torah. You don't have to go in the water to participate and enjoy the ritual. Come for the hike, for the community, for the beauty of our landscape, and the teachings.  Led by Yepeth Perla of Roots and Trails.

Directions:  To get to the trailhead leading to the falls, look for the pull-offs on Route 108 just south of Smuggler's Notch State Park. The entrance to the trailhead will be on the east side of the highway. Finding the trailhead can be tricky if you're not looking for the pull-offs; signs for the trail are somewhat tucked back into the woods a bit from the trailhead entrance.

4 p.m.  Experiential Jewish Cooking for all at JCOGS.  Will make delicious blintzes to share at the potluck, and welcome your homemade variety as well.

6 p.m.  Pot-luck Dinner - Bring vegetarian food to share.  Followed by an evening of storytelling for all ages and late night Torah teachings, as well as Havdalah (ritual to end Shabbat and bring in Shavuot).

Everyone is invited to sleepover at JCOGS either in a tent outside or in our building!  

What to Bring For Sleepover at JCOGS:

-a sleeping bag and a pillow!  - Kids can sleep in classrooms downstairs.  Once programming finished - adults can sleep in sanctuary

-a tent if you want privacy - places to pitch outside.  Bring warmth if so, layers.  Vermont weather unpredictable!


- Potluck dish for Saturday night, Snacks to share in the evening

- backpack to hike with on Sunday,

- water bottle

- hiking shoes

- Flashlight

- Rain Gear 

-  Bug Spray


Evening Schedule of Learning at JCOGS:

7 p.m. - Improv Games for all ages, led by Jason Lorber

8:30 p.m. - Singing and music with Rabbi David followed by Havdalah

9:30 p.m. - Storytelling - we will all have the opportunity to hear and share stories

10:30 p.m. - Engaging Study Session with Rabbi David

11:30 pm -   Tai Chi led by Shaina Levee - preparing for opening to revelation

Night Hike - For Ambitious Hikers - climb to the top of Mt. Mansfield with guide and teacher Matthew Towle.

1 a.m. - Pack-up and get ready to leave Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (bring snacks and fill up water bottles)

1:30 a.m. - Drive to base of Mt. Mansfield, the Long Trail trailhead

2:00 a.m. - Gathering Circle & Commence on the Trek

3:30-4:00 a.m. - Break at Taft Lodge (Teaching/Activity/Reflective Time)

5:00 a.m. - Summit (Celebration, Reflection on Character Refinement and Sephirot)

5:30 a.m. - 7:00am Hike along ridge line 

7:00 a.m. - Descent back down the mountain

9:00 a.m. - Regroup at base of Mt. Mansfield to hike (or use the shuttle) up to the Mountain Chapel


Gear List: Please Bring... Day Pack, Water Bottles (2-4 quarts), Snacks, Clothing (Socks, Rain Gear, Warm Layers, Gloves, Hat), Bug Spray, Sunscreen, Trekking Poles (optional), Head Lamp (with batteries), shoes with spikes and good traction - snow and ice at top of Mt. Mansfield!


Trail Itinerary: Start at Trailhead, hike 1.7 miles to Taft Lodge, Hike right up to Adam’s Apple, Left on Hell Brook Trail over to Lake of Clouds about .7 miles, continue onto the Long Trail toward the Chin (Check Time) and either continue 1.2 miles to the Nose (and then return the Chin) or descend down the Long Trail. At trailhead, drive to meet group at 9:30 to go to the services at the Mountain Chapel.

Sunday, May 20th 2018

9:15 a.m.

Meet outside the Mansfield Lodge at Stowe Resort, where we will prepare to hike to the Mountain Chapel together.  1.5 mile Moderate to Advanced hike but accessible for kids and families.  

The Toll Road will have limited access - Must Register for Toll road - Please consider hiking with us if you are able!  Lets build community and pilgrimage there together - helping friends carry children and cheering them on.  

What to Bring:   Filled Water bottles, back pack, brown bagged lunch, bug repellant, Rain Gear, hat, sunscreen, snacks, layers so you can add more dry clothes at Chapel, chocolate to keep your kids going, a positive attitude.  

We will provide: fun and reflective programming along the way, community building, songs, Shavuot teachings, smiles!


11 a.m. - Shuttle leaves Toll Road for Chapel - Register ahead of time

 The Toll Road is not officially opened.  We are still inquiring if we will be able to run a shuttle. 

YOU MUST REGISTER TO TAKE THE SHUTTLE!  THERE IS LIMITED PARKING AT THE CHAPEL.  There is an additional fee for taking the shuttle.  

Please email to reserve your spot on the shuttle.  

The shuttle will head back down at 2 pm!  

If you are at all capable of hiking to the chapel with us, please consider doing so - we will do what we can to support you - carry things and share in carrying children, offer motivation, cheer you on!

11:30 a.m.

Festive song sharing and Torah Service at Mountain Chapel at Stowe Resort led by Rabbi David, and creative bibliodrama led by Rabbi Jan, as we celebrate and learn together.


1:00 p.m

Eat together on the lawn!  Bring your own bagged lunch. 


2:00 p.m

Head down the mountain



Preregistration and details contact stacey

Suggested Donation:  $5-$36 per person, $20-$36 per family, Extra Cost for riding the shuttle appreciated

No-one turned away for inability to pay

Please register at