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Yom Chamishi, 18 Iyyar 5776

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Upcoming Events
Preschool Silent Auction Ends Today! 
Tables are in the hallway between the Rodef Shalom Library and Preschool.
Gift cards...Services...Goodies! All proceeds go to painting our classrooms and hallway this summer any additional money raised will go to a tumbling room. 
Minyan on the Move
Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 PM, at the home of Barbara & Steve Zimmerman
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. 
Rodef Music Underground
Sunday, June 5, 7:30 PM
The #1 Community Jewish House Concert Series in Denver! 
Featuring the live performances of Elana Jagoda and Saul Kaye. RSVP Required. Click HERE to RSVP.
Urban Farming 101 with Ekar Farm 
Wednesday, June 8, Rodef Shalom
Aaron Ney, Executive Director of Ekar Farm, Denver's Jewish Urban Organic Farm, will share some thoughts on the history and vision for his organization working to build a local, healthy and fair food system. Participants will also take part in a take-home planting project. Free and open to all. Donations accepted. Walk-ins are welcome, however, we appreciate advance reservations so that we may plan properly! In cooperation with Kavod on the Road.Information: (303) 399-0035. RSVP HERE
Shavout Without Borders
Saturday evening, June 11
Shavuot Without Borders II
8:30 pm-Midnight at BMH-BJ
Study & Worship with Rabbis Gerson and Chaitovsky
Sunday, June 12
"Blintzes and Bloody Marys"
9:30 am-12:00 pm at Rodef Shalom
Pray, Nosh and Study with Rabbi Gerson and Cantor Saul
Monday, June 13
Services for Second Day of Shavuot
9:30 am-12:00 pm at Rodef Shalom
The Yizkor Memorial Prayers will be recited at 11:15 am 
**NOTE: Although these are free events, please RSVP so that we may prepare properly! 
Saturday night at BMH-BJ-RSVP: 
Sunday morning at Rodef Shalom-RSVP:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Shabbat Under the Stars
Friday, June 17, 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!

Green Kiddush
Saturday, June 18, Rodef Shalom
Please join us on June 18th for Rodef Shalom's first Green Kiddush, thanks to support from HAZON. The kiddush will feature organic vegetarian and vegan foods prepared by Rodef Shalom congregants in the Rodef kitchen along with some of our usual main dishes. Green kiddush produce will be purchased from Ekar and Ahavah Farms as much as possible. Rodef Shalom already uses compostable disposable paper goods and we will have a recycling bin.  In addition, Rabbi Gerson will speak about how locally sourced and prepared foods connect with Jewish spirituality, and Aaron Ney from Ekar Farms will talk to both the Tots, and to the adults in the sanctuary. 
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
Save the date for the final program of Rodef Shalom's 60th Anniversary Celebration! More details to follow.
In the Community... 
Colorado Hebrew Chorale Upcoming Concerts
May 26 - Kol Nashim Presents Woman To Woman 2016 At Congregation Beth Evergreen And Temple Sinai
June 3 - A Musical Sampler
Kol Nashim In Colorado Springs At The Julian Chapel At The Broadmoor Hotel
Click HERE for more information. 
Colorado Rockies - Jewish Community Night
Tuesday, May 31, 6:40 PM, Coors Field

L'Chaim! Jewish Wisdom on Aging Well
Sunday, June 5, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St, Denver
For community seniors, their family members and community professionals. Click HERE to register.

PJ Library Poolside Concert
Sunday, June 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Poolside at Robert E. Loup JCC
A great event geared for your 0-8 year olds (no walking necessary - just enjoy the music, crafts, stories, snacks, and pool at the JCC) for free. Rodef is one of the partnering organizations in the event so come on out and support our congregation. Register HERE.

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.

Young Families 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).
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 
Click HERE for dates and more information.

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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