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Yom Rishon, 20 Sivan 5776

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Upcoming Events
Rodef Shalom Book Club
Thursday, June 23, 7:00 PM, at the home of Paul and Marilyn Bogan
In honor of William Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary, the book selection will be The Merchant of Venice. There is no charge for attending. Please call the Rodef Shalom office: (303) 399-0035 if you plan on attending.

Crime in the Bible
Sunday, June 26, 4:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
Crime In The Bible
, the final event of Rodef Shalom's 60th Anniversary Celebration, will be presented at Rodef Shalom on Sunday, June 26th, from 4:00 PM -5:30 PM.
Our forefather, Abraham, will be prosecuted for committing the crime of attempted murder against his son, Isaac. The date of the alleged offense is approximately 2060 (1700 BC). The location of the alleged offense is Mount Moriah in ancient Israel.
The character, Abraham, played by Claude Brachfeld, will be defended by Hon. David Richman. Isaac will be played by Mira Zevin. Dave Dezen will prosecute Abraham. The guests will act as jurors and render a verdict. The presentation of the case will include void dire (jury selection), opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, jury instructions, and closing statements - to be followed with a verdict from the jury. 
Free and open to the community!
Thank you to Dave Dezen for organizing this event and we look forward to having you join us! Please RSVP to the Rodef Office: (303) 399-0035.  Walk-ins welcome.
Minyan on the Move
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 PM, at the home of Joy Davis
Minyan on the Move is a traveling weekly minyan, bringing the experience of Mincha or Ma'ariv to the community. Every Tuesday evening, the location varies between members' homes. You can call the synagogue office, or Kay Shaw to learn the location or to be placed on a mailing list.

Shabbat Under the Stars
Friday, July 8, 7:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
Join us for this lively, outdoor service on the patio of the Rodef Shalom Meditation Garden. Welcome Shabbat with prayer and song in a beautiful setting, with engaging melodies-old and new.  Free and open to all!
Four Mile House Intergenerational Fun Day and Picnic
Sunday, July 10, Noon, 715 S. Forest St., Denver 80246
Join Rodef Shalom and Kavod on the Road with your your grandkids, or the whole family to enjoy all the park has to offer: Pan for gold, feed the chickens, dip old fashioned candles! Pay admission and we will meet at the picnic tables to get the grand guided tour. Don't forget to pack a picnic! Click HERE for flyer. Click HERE to RSVP. 
In the Community... 
Colorado Hebrew Chorale Events

The Chorale will be hosting its Summer Sight-Singing Romp on Monday, June 27 at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St. in Denver. The public is welcome to the Chorale and area choral directors for an evening of choral singing featuring Tyler's Suite which will be premiered in Denver in August 2017 by the Harmony Chorale and Colorado Hebrew Chorale. The message embedded in the text of the last of 9 movements is taken from the famed Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. The themes of promoting acceptance and combatting bullying are poignant and compelling. Attendance at the Romp is free for members of the Harmony and Colorado Hebrew Chorales, or $5 for others. Information: 303-355-0232 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please RSVP to Carol if you plan to attend.


20th Annual Leadville Jewish Cemetery Clean-Up Weekend - Featuring Shabbat Morning service led by Rabbi Sara Gilbert!
Saturday & Sunday, June 25 and 26
Click HERE for details.
26th Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
"Redefining Crypto-Jewish Identity: Then and Now"
June 26-28, Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Click HERE for details.
Taste of Ramah
Tuesday, June 28 -or- Wednesday, July 27
Join current 1st through 4th graders from around Colorado on a day-long journey to Ramah in the Rockies. Click HERE.

Picnic & Concert with Rocky Mountain Jewgrass
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 PM, 715 S. Forest St., Denver
Colorado's "high-octane Jewish bluegrass band," returns to the Swallow Hill Shady Grove concert series at Four Mile Park for a family-friendly, outdoor summer concert. The gates open at 6 PM and the concert fun begins at 6:30 PM. Bring chairs or blankets, picnic dinner (including any beverage of your choice), the kids, your mother-in-law, crazy Uncle Bob and all of your friends. Tickets ($12 for adults/$8 for Swallow Hill members, seniors and those arriving by bicycle/$3 kids 2-12) in advance at or at the gate the evening of the show. Come enjoy a little "pickin' and grinnin'" and "the high lonesome kvetch." For more information contact Saul Rosenthal ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 303-748-4815).
Rose Youth Foundation Accepting Applications
Rose Youth Foundation is a program at Rose Community Foundation that brings together a diverse group of Jewish and interfaith-Jewish youth, in grades 10 through 12, who want to make a real difference by learning about philanthropy and becoming grant-makers. The group will work together to decide what granting $60,000 in a Jewish way means to them. For details, click HERE. To apply, click HERE.
Troop 1737, Denver's Jewish Community Girl Scout troop, is completing its fifth year and we still have many exciting events left before the end of the Girl Scout/school year. Your daughter is welcome to join us to see if she is interested in becoming a Girl Scout! Email 
Liss Gruen,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.
Any Teen Students Without Summer Plans?
We are putting together our group of teens for this summer's program and are getting excited to go on another journey through Israel on Nesiya Summer 2016. Click HERE.

Hazon Scholarships Available
Scholarship opportunities for Denver/Boulder area residents to attend any number of amazing multi-day, transformative experiences offered by Hazon. Click HERE.

Jewish Family Service’s Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches to Low-Income Children

DENVER, CO — May 19, 2016 — Lunchbox Express, a program of Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS), will begin providing free summer lunches through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program on May 31. Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that brings nutritious lunches to low-income children via mini school buses. The program targets residential areas with a high percentage of children who typically receive free or reduced-fee lunches at school during the school year.

Volunteers play a vital role in the Lunchbox Express program and the agency is seeking volunteers to deliver the meals during the lunchtime hours of 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers can commit to a single shift, a weekly shift, or daily.

Jewish Family Service is also distributing free children’s books to these children and is seeking new or gently used books for children ages 1 to 13 to distribute with the lunches. Donations can be dropped off at JFS, 3201 S. Tamarac Dr., Denver, CO 80231.

Meals will be provided at the following sites, dates, and times, Monday through Friday (except July 4):

May 31 — August 17, 2016

Morse Park
8180 West 20th Avenue, Lakewood 80214, 11:00–11:30 a.m.

Mountair Park
5620 West 14th Avenue, Lakewood 80214, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Lasley Elementary School
1401 South Kendall Street, Lakewood 80214, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

June 6 — August 19, 2016

Samuels Elementary School
3985 South Vincennes Court, Denver 80237, 11:00–11:30 a.m.

Joe Shoemaker School
3333 South Havana Street, Denver 80231, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Spencer Garrett Park (May 31 – August 5, 2016)
11008 East 17th Parkway, Aurora 80010, 12:35–1:10 p.m.

June 6 — August 19, 2016

Westwood Opportunity Center
855 South Irving Street, Denver 80219, 11:00–11:30 a.m.

Southwest Improvement Council
1000 Lowell Boulevard, Denver 80219, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Ellis Elementary School
1651 South Dahlia Street, Denver 80222, 12:35–1:05 p.m.

June 6 — August 19, 2016

College View Recreation Center
2525 South Decatur Street, Denver 80219, 11:00–11:30 a.m.

Westwood Park
4951 West Kentucky Avenue, Denver 80219, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Paloma Villas
4200 Morrison Road, Denver 80219, 12:30–1:00 p.m.

June 6 — August 19, 2016

CMS (Schenck) Elementary School
1300 South Lowell Boulevard, Denver 80219, 11:00–11:30 a.m.

Knapp Elementary School
500 South Utica Street, Denver 80219, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Goldrick Elementary School
1050 South Zuni Street, Denver 80223, 12:30–1:00 p.m.


Sheridan Recreation Center
3325 West Oxford Avenue, Sheridan 80236
Lunches will be served Monday through Friday, June 6 — July 29, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Meals will be provided to all children under 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

For more information about the program and book donations, please visit or contact Doug Vega at 720.248.4671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Nancy Benyamin at 720.248.4642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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