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Upcoming Events
Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze
Friday, January 20, 6:00 PM,  Rodef Shalom
The evening will start with blessings promptly at 6:00 PM followed by a light meal, Kabbalat Services at 6:45 PM, and dessert at about 7:45 PM. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $4 for kids (10 and under). RSVPs are required for the dinner and appreciated for the services. Please come even if you can't pay (but still RSVP so we can prepare the right amount of food). To RSVP, to volunteer to help cook, offer a ride, request a ride, or for any other related questions please email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . ClickHERE to register and pay online.
Shabbat Endings
Saturday, January 21, 4:30-6:00 PM
Walking Like a Conservative Jew, Part 2:  Change as a Way to be Souled but not Sold
Our discussion will focus on the "short list" of changes that have led to a new look for Conservative Judaism, to uphold its embrace of modernity, and what might be included in the next round.  We will also include a light Seudah Shlishit (third Sabbath meal), Birkat HaMazon, and Havdalah. Please contact Rabbi Bernard Gerson (  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 303-322-0150) with questions.

Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home
Friday, January 27, 6:30 PM, at the home of Bethany and Joel Friedlander
Welcome Shabbat properly with a warm and inclusive program, surrounded by other Rodef Shalom members. Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home is a Shabbat service, led by Claude & Joe Brachfeld in a congregant's home. Following the service there's a potluck dinner with salmon provided by the synagogue, and cold, dairy side dishes or desserts provided by the participants. No reservations required. Upcoming Dates: Friday evenings - 2/24/17 and 3/24/17. We are currently looking for hosts for both of these dates. It is easy and fun! Contact Debi Bush.


Join a Chavurah - Be a member of a "family within our Rodef family"!
Sunday, January 29, 10:30 AM, Rodef Shalom
Please consider becoming a part of our "family within a family" at Rodef Shalom by becoming a member of a chavurah. It is a unique opportunity to connect in a meaningful way to others in our congregation who share your interests and/or who are in the same stage of life as you. Groups are small and self-run, with support from our synagogue staff. Please complete the informational page HERE. For more information, contact Connie Suson, (303) 399-0035. 
Social Security 101
Tuesday, February 7, 11:00 AM, Rodef Shalom
This discussion might help you make important decisions about social security benefits.  Learn what is and isn't a social security benefit, and get help deciding when to begin receiving this earned benefit. RSVP HERE. For information, contact Connie Suson, (303) 399-0035.
Youth & Family
Ulpan class
Wednesday, January 18, 25:  4:30 PM
Mini Ulpan class
Saturday, January 21:  10:30 AM
Please welcome the newest addition to our Saturday morning line up, Brynn Tully! Brynn will be leading a new program for the 2nd-5th graders on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The program will begin with a "camp-style" services, and conclude with games, activities, and fun! It will happen from 11:15 AM - noon; the same time as Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan. The first program will be on Saturday, February 4.
Kadima/USY Parent Meeting
Wednesday, January 18, 6:00-6:30 PM, Rodef Shalom Library
With special guests Marty and Alyssa Zimmerman.
Kadima/USY goes Bowling 
Saturday, January 21, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, AMF Monaco Lanes
$16 for 2 games of bowling, shoes, and pizza.
Kadima/USY goes Ice Skating with Boulder Kadima/USY
Saturday, February 4, 6:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
Meet at Rodef Shalom at 6:00 PM for a short Havdalah service, then we will carpool to Louisville to meet up with the Boulder group. Skating from 7:15-9:00 PM. We will return to Rodef Shalom at approximately 9:30 PM. Parents willing to drive should contact Debbie Kaner.
7th and 8th graders to Kadima Kinnus!
Friday - Sunday, February 24-26
Click HERE for more information, and please join us at the Parent Meeting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 18 in the Rodef Shalom Library.
ALL RSVP's to Debbie Kaner.


In the Community 
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale & Kol Nashim
Information about both choirs and upcoming concerts are available on their website:
Intro to Judaism series starts January 19 at Temple Emanuel
ITJ is a 28 week series that's the first step on your Jewish journey. Whether you were born Jewish and just want to learn more or you are exploring converting to Judaism, ITJ is the perfect experience for you! Our classes are taught by outstanding rabbis and educators in our community.Our attendance policy is super flexible to meet the needs of busy adults. We will discuss Jewish belief about God, the Torah and Talmud, Kabbalah, Zionism, holidays, lifecycle events and more! For information please call Betsy Epel (720) 941-2655 or email her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We cant wait to hear your questions!
Join ROCKY MOUNTAIN JEWGRASS for a concert celebrating their 10th anniversary of making that crazy Jewgrass music together and the release of their fourth CD, Just One More. Saturday, January 28 -  8 PM, Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Music (71 East Yale Avenue).  Tickets: (303) 777-1003 or
Habitat Happenings - Soup Cook-Off and Dinner
Saturday, January 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Christ the King Catholic Church, 8th Avenue and Elm Street, Denver
Don't miss this evening of food, fun, and entertainment! Tickets are $15 per person or $35 per family for all the soups, breads, and desserts you can eat.  We also need soup/dessert-makers and volunteers to help with chores. Soup categories are KOSHER, VEGETARIAN, and NON-VEGETERIAN.  Please contact Janet Smith (303-755-4333) or Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) to volunteer your cooking expertise and/or your time.  

Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado Programs
My Roots Trip to Poland including the Kielce Pogrom Memorial Services
with Elliott Cohen
Sunday, January 29, 10:00 AM, JCC, Denver 
All About the "Newest" FamilySearch
with Joy Davis 
Sunday, February 26, 10:00 AM, JCC, Denver
Click HERE for more information on JGSCO events.
This Summer, Travel to Poland with USY's Adult Trip!
Now you have the opportunity to spend a week walking among the rich, varied history and culture of Polish Jewry in Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Lublin, and engage in moving visits to the concentration camps of Majdanek, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Treblinka on USY's Poland Seminar for Adults! 
From July 4-July 11, Jules Gutin, former USY Director, will lead a group of adults through a living tour of Poland's Jewish history. Click HERE for more registration and more information.
The East Denver Eruv is proud to announce a brand new website at!
We need a few good men and women to volunteer to help us check the eruv as we enter the winter months. Training will be provided, and the community will benefit from your help! If you're interested, please contact Tuvia Gordon-Bennett at 720-666-1577 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
JEWISHcolorado 2017 Young Adult Travel to Israel Subsidies
JEWISHcolorado is offering a limited number of stipends to teens and young adults ages 16-30 participating in peer group trips to Israel in 2017. Click HERE for application and guidelines.
JFS at the JCC Seeks More Participants for Yiddish Club and Poker Games
"Lomir Redn Yiddish" (Let's Speak Yiddish) 
1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 2:00 PM
JCC Denver, 350 South Dahlia Street (through August, it is held in the JEWISHcolorado Boardroom). Cost: $5.00 per session.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:30 PM
JCC Denver, 350 South Dahlia Street
If women are interested in participating in an all-women's game or anyone already has a group, but would like to play at the JCC, call Suzi Malman at (303) 316-6358. Drop-ins are always welcome. If there is enough interest, games can be added on additional days.

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