Yom Rivii, 25 Elul 5776

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Upcoming Events
Rodef Shalom Book Club
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 PM, at the home of Les and Sherrie Davidson
Please join us for a reading/discussion of Elie Wiesel's masterpiece Night. There is no charge, but let the office know of your interest in attending.

Selichot Eve Program
Saturday, September 24, 7:00 PM, Bnai Havurah, 6445 E. Ohio Drive, Denver
Join the clergy and members of Rodef and Bnai Havurah for this year's Selichot Eve program, entitled (Finding) A Place (for Teshuvah) at the Table. The evening will feature a viewing of the documentary A Place at the Table with a guided discussion about Food Justice in America, led by Rabbis Evette Lutman and Bernard Gerson. The event will begin with light nosh at 7:00 PM, to be followed by havdalah and the program at 7:30 PM. This event is free of charge.
Hebrew Storytime with Hagit and Maya
Sunday, September 25, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, Youth Lounge
Hebrew story time for kids ages 4-8 (a little younger is ok too). It will be about Rosh Hashana with craft songs and a Hebrew story. With Hagit Wasserman & Maya. Free and open to all!
5777 High Holy Days 
Rodef Shalom offers complimentary High Holy Day tickets to all. Please invite friends who want to join us. Make sure to email the office with ticket requests, including name, address and phone number, as tickets are required for all services. 
Click HERE for information about Youth Programs and Babysitting.  Reservations are required for Babysitting. Please complete the form and pay online.
Membership Challenge!
Rodef Shalom is growing! Please invite your friends who are looking for a Jewish "home" to come and check us out. Shira and Marty Zimmerman are offering a nice bottle of wine to whomever recruits our 300th member, and we are very close! All you have to do is introduce the person/people to Michele, and if they become members, the wine is yours. And remember that Rodef Shalom offers complimentary High Holy Day tickets with advanced notice. Contact Michele if you have questions or want more information.
Michele Campbell, Executive Director
Congregation Rodef Shalom Library Overflow Book Sale
Thursday, November 3 - Sunday, November 13
Our annual book sale is back! The book sale will run during regular Office Hours in the hallway outside the office wing. The book sale is NOT open on Shabbat.
If you have books to donate* to this fundraiser, please do not bring them to the library until October 26 through November 1, 2016 as the library space is used during the High Holidays. They can be placed in boxes on the floor of the library. Please call Sherrie Davidson if you have any questions, 303-750-7083. *Please, NO Hebrew School texts.  During the book sale a container will be available for your donations as the books will not be priced. The profits all go to support our synagogue so please be generous! Pay what you think the item(s) are worth from Sunday through Friday.

New Member Spotlight
Mary Ellen Rubinacci's physical roots are in Naples and Sicily where her grandparents lived.  Her Jewish roots likely go back several more generations to a time when Jews were forced to convert to Christianity. Raised as a Catholic, Mary Ellen struggled with her religious identity. Her years studying at a Bible College and then a Catholic University just didn't feel right and tuned her off to God, in her own words.
Growing up in New York and New Jersey, Mary Ellen "tells it like it is." She's beaten cancer twice and has published two books that reflect her life experiences, Journeys: All Ages (2005) and Srepsihw: The Land of Quiet (2012).   Her grandmother came to America by herself at age 23, which may explain Mary Ellen's strength and resilience. She's lived in many places and has had a variety of careers and jobs and today is on the security staff of a large retail business.
In 1997 friends convinced her to move to Colorado but after a year or so she moved back east to Pennsylvania where she applied for an administrative job at a Reconstructionist synagogue. She soon found herself attending services there and exploring Judaism. Mary Ellen returned to Colorado in 1999 and continued learning about Judaism at B'nai Torah in Westminster.
Mary Ellen knew she wanted to convert to Judaism, in part, to give new life to what she felt were her own Jewish roots. Out of respect for her parents, she postponed her conversion until after they had died. She described the Mikvah at her conversion as something very special.
About 10 years ago she joined B'nai Havurah where she continued to study. Asked why she has come over to Rodef Shalom, she says "I wanted to grow spiritually and learn and use more Hebrew." She's a regular attendee at Rabbi Gerson's Tanach and Tabloids class on Thursday mornings.
Outside of work and shul, Mary Ellen enjoys walking - sometimes up mountains - along with reading and a "diversity of forms of music."  She wants all of us to know that she is eager to learn and has a New York sense of humor she hopes we appreciate. Please introduce yourself to Mary Ellen when you have that opportunity.
In the Community... 
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale & Kol Nashim
More information about both choirs and upcoming concerts are available on our website:

The Denver Jewish Coalition for Literacy is looking for new tutors for the upcoming school year. Tutors are placed in elementary schools to assist a classroom teacher. A commitment of one hour per week is requested. School assignments are based on where the tutor would like to be placed as long as the school requested agrees.
There will be a new tutor orientation on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 PM, followed by a workshop on working with students for whom English is a second language at 7 PM. If you are interested in tutoring please contact Naomi Kirshner,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-758-9400 x 213.

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.

Mega Kids Challah Bake
Sunday, September 25, BMH-BJ
Join hundreds of kids from around Colorado for this amazing event with special Rosh Hashanah programming. Children ages 3-12. Please visit for more information and to RSVP or call 303-329-0213.

Kavod on the Road's Annual Fall Social Event: Swingaroo
Thursday, September 29, 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Grizzly Rose Dance Hall
Click HERE for details.
Jewish Heritage Game at the Colorado Rapids

PresenTense Colorado's social entrepreneurship Fellowshiphelps Jewish high school students develop a project around an issue they're passionate about. PresenTense Colorado's six-month Fellowship engages participants in the entrepreneurial process, pairs them with a Mentor, and gives them the opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 in funding to bring their project to life. All the while, they're meeting other Jewish teens from Denver and Boulder who are as passionate and driven as they are. Applications are due September 30th and can be found at

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Click HERE for upcoming events.

Bereavement Support Group
Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, October 26 through December 21 (not meeting the week of Thanksgiving), Jewish Family Service, 3201 South Tamarac Drive, Denver
Rafael Spiritual Healing Services at Jewish Family Service to facilitate group.For more information or to register, contact Arleen Gershen at (720) 248-4598 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Neustadt JAAMM Fest
November 3 - 21,  JCC Denver
The Denver JAAMM Fest is a celebration of Jewish life featuring dynamic authors, books, movies, music, dance and theatre. Tickets on sale now! Pre-JAAMM event information JAAMM event information
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, clickHERE.

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