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Upcoming Events

Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze
Friday, February 17, 6:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Please join us on Friday, February 17th, starting with blessings promptly at 6:00 PM followed by a Mexican-themed meal, services at 6:45 PM, and dessert at about 7:45 PM. RSVPs are required for the dinner and appreciated for the services. To RSVP, volunteer to help cook, offer a ride, or to request a ride, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The event is generously sponsored by the Linkow family.
Shabbat With a Backbeat (SWAB)
Saturday, February 18, 9:30 a.m., Rodef Shalom
Join Cantor Saul and Rabbi Gerson in the synagogue sanctuary for Shabbat services accompanied by the musicians and singers of Shir Rodef. A parallel service, led by congregation members, will take place in the Chapel in the Mizel Building. Our whole community will join together in the social hall for Kiddush following services. 
Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home
Friday, February 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the home of Debi & Phil Bush
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 Date: Friday, March 24 (for which we are currently looking for a host home). It is easy and fun! Questions? Contact Debi Bush.  
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch
Saturday, February 25, 12:30 p.m., Social Hall
All are welcome to join Rabbi Gerson at his table in the back of the Social Hall at the conclusion of Kiddush for "spirited singing" and Torah study.
Tuesday, March 7, 11:00 a.m., Rodef Shalom
Time to Declutter and Organize! Planning a move? Maybe not, but do you still need help with decluttering and organizing? Don't miss this presentation from Space Management, LLC, a service that focuses on disposal of unwanted items, packing and unpacking, space planning and interior design and staging. These custom services accommodate all kinds of moves, especially 'Senior Moves".
In cooperation with Kavod on the Road. Free and open to the community! However, please RSVP so that we may plan properly. Click HERE for more information.
Youth & Family
Ulpan Class
Wednesday, February 22:  4:30 p.m.
Mini Ulpan class
Saturday, February  18:  10:30 a.m.
Sunday FunDay: Tu B'Shevat 
Sunday, February 19: 3:00-5:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom 
Our friends from Ekar Farm will be here to lead us in a Tu B'Shevat Seder. Those NOT currently enrolled in the Passport program are welcome to join us ($5/ person or $15/family). RSVP required.
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 a.m. - noon; the same time as Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan. The first program will be on Saturday, February 18.
7th and 8th graders to Kadima Kinnus!
Friday - Sunday, February 24-26
Click HERE for more information. RSVP to Debbie Kaner.
Parashat Mishpatim
February 18, 2017 - 22 Sh'vat 5777
Light Candles Friday: 5:21 p.m.
Shabbat Ends Saturday: 6:20 p.m.
Torah / Annual: Exodus 18:1 - 20:23
Torah / Triennial Year 1: Exodus 18:1 - 20:23
Haftarah Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6; 9:5-6
9:00 a.m. 
Shul-Bucks Shabbat Coffee House 
9:30 a.m.
Shabbat with a Backbeat, Sanctuary / Parallel Service, Mizel Building
9:30 a.m.
Babysitting, 1st Preschool Classroom 
10:30 a.m.
Mini Ulpan, Youth Lounge
11:15 a.m.
Shabbat Program for 2nd-5th Graders, 2nd Preschool Classroom 
11:15 a.m.
Tot Shabbat, Library / Mini-Minyan, Youth Lounge
Refuah Shlaymah to ... 
Margaret Methner, Jeff Peer
Mazel Tov to ...
Alan & Karen Loeb on the birth of their grandson, Theodore Miles Bloom (son of Melissa & Matt Bloom)
Tanakh & Tabloids
Thursday, February 23 - 11:00 a.m., Library 
Talmud Class
Sunday,February 26 - 10:30 a.m., Library
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch
Saturday, February 25 - 12:30 a.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m., hosted by Barbara and Steve Zimmerman at Rodef Shalom
Minyan on the Move provides Rodef Shalom members and the general community an opportunity to say Kaddish and, as important, the opportunity to make a Minyan allowing someone else to say Kaddish.
Hearing Assistive Devices 
Rodef Shalom now has hearing assistive devices available to congregants. They are located on the far right of the glass shelf to the right of the sanctuary doors in the lobby. For more information, contact the office or an usher.
Good Scents
Please be considerate of others and refrain from using scented products when coming to pray.
Events outside of Rodef Shalom are listed for your information and are not necessarily endorsed by Rodef Shalom.
Purim at Rodef Shalom
Full Megillah Reading
Saturday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. 
Sunday Minyan, followed by Full Megillah Reading
Sunday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. 
Purim Pajama Pancake Party! 
Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. 
Bring the whole family for a morning of Purim festivities! We'll start with a Pancake Breakfast - cooked and served by our Board of Directors! A Family Megillah Reading will follow, as well as music & singing, a PJ Parade and crafts for the kids! Of course, there will be hamantashen - both to eat and for sale! Don't forget to wear your PJs or a costume! Fun guaranteed for one and all! Cost for breakfast: $5.00 per person or $25.00 per family. Advance RSVPs online or at 303-399-0035.
Hamantashen for Sale! 
Once again, amazingly delicious, kosher, pareve, hamantaschen will be for sale from the Rodef Shalom kitchen and Mark Millenson. Five flavors will be available: raspberry, apricot, prune, poppy and, of course, chocolate! Cost: $18.00 per dozen; $10.00 per ½ dozen; $2.00 each.
**PLEASE NOTE: This year, there will be NO PRE-SALES! Hamantaschen will be available for sale beginning Wednesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 12 at Rodef Shalom. There will be plentiful supplies, so don't fret! Bring home the best hamantaschen in the city to all your friends and family! 
Hamantashen Sales at Rodef Shalom: Wednesday, March 8, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Friday, March 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Preschool and Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20 for President's Day
Rabbi Gerson's Retirement and Beginning our Search for a New Spiritual Leader
Rabbi Gerson is retiring from the pulpit at the end of his contract on July 31, 2018 to pursue a new career in healthcare management. We are deeply grateful for his twenty-five years with Rodef Shalom and look forward to celebrating with him later in 2018. Rodef members were sent a letter with information about the search process for a new spiritual leader. Please be sure to open it, as it describes the search process and requests your involvement. The letter and attachments can also be can be found on the Rodef website under Get Involved/2017/18 Rabbinic Search.
Celebrate the Anniversary of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Have you ever thought about "reprising" your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Haftorah at Rodef Shalom at Shabbat services?  Openings are available from January 2017 through August 2017 for adults and teenagers alike. Several members have already taken advantage of this opportunity.
If you would like to experience this wonderful way to re-live your Jewish "adulthood", please contact Allan Kantrowitz at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at (720) 216-0994. Thanks and Mazel Tov!
Bloom Youth Scholarship Fund
Scholarships are available through the Bloom Scholarship Fund for Rodef Shalom youth who would like to take an organized study tour to Israel this summer, or attend a Jewish Summer Camp, but are unable to afford the expense. Click HERE for more information.

Please save the date for Rodef Shalom's Gala Event:  May 21
Mark your calendar to join us in honoring Howard Feingold, Mira Zevin & Kim Grant and Joel & Bethany Friedlander with an evening of Comedy, Dinner and Fun! We are so excited to announce that we have confirmed AMAZING ENTERTAINMENT for our event! A rising star on the National Comedy Scene and "Home-Grown" Denver talent, NOAH GARDENSWARTZ!  You can check him out on his website. Be sure to tell your friends and family they should plan to attend with you!  Anyone interested in helping, please contact Michele at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303-399-0035.
The Rodef Shalom Chesed Team
Our team is looking for more members who can help provide support for an individual or family post-surgery; maybe it's bringing a meal or helping with a ride or childcare, providing meals to a family with a newborn, helping with shiva set-up or shopping, and more. The Chesed team is coordinated by Judy Fishman, Sandy Bornstein, Fran Cohen, Maya Mintzer and Meredith Levy.  Please contact JudyFran or Meredith if you would like to join.
New Member Spotlight
Dana and Sam Isaacson once were members of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia.  The common name is not the reason they are now members of our shul community but the coincidence might not actually be such a coincidence.  Dana has great faith that things are sometimes meant to be and are not always in our control.  In fact, that may be why the two are now married and have a beautiful two-year old son, Leor.
Sam, who is from the Rochester, Minnesota area met Dana, who was raised in the Baltimore area, via J Date in late 2006.   At the time Sam, trained as a lawyer, was working for a consulting firm in Washington, DC while Dana was working as a trauma ICU nurse at The University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.  They "dated" by email for a couple of months and then met face-to-face in February 2007.  She says she knew after one date that she and Sam were destined to be married, though it apparently took him a couple more dates to get the message.
Since connecting they have lived in Washington/Baltimore, Philadelphia (where Sam was studying for an MBA to add to his law degree), Charlotte (NC), New York and then back to Philadelphia.  They married on December 20, 2009 and Leor joined them in 2014. 
Last summer Sam was offered an opportunity with JCR Capital in Denver just as Dana was settling into her position at the University of Pennsylvania as a nurse practitioner.  Years earlier she completed training as a Nurse Practitioner and worked in inner city primary care while also teaching adult health and critical care nursing at Drexel University as a Clinical Adjunct Professor.
The Isaacson's are thrilled they made the decision to relocate to Denver last summer. They recently moved into a house in Lowry that Dana says exudes the same warmth and openness their Philadelphia home had. Leor is attending the HEA pre-school but the Isaacsons were recruited by several of our young leaders to try Tot Shabbat and immediately felt at home.  The rest is history, as they say, as they are now Rodef Shalom members and have enrolled Leor in Rodef Shalom's pre-school in the fall which will not only be more convenient to Dana's job at Rose Medical Center as a nurse practitioner in Internal Medicine and Sam's commute downtown, but a great way for Leor to see his friends from Tot-Shabbat on a daily basis.
Please welcome the Isaacson family to their second Rodef Shalom community.
Giving Opportunities

Do you need wedding, B'nai Mitzvot, holiday ritual and unique gift items? Come to your gift shop! Each purchase is a direct donation to the synagogue. Thank you! - The Barbaras
Did you know you can really help Rodef Shalom by shopping as you normally do? Just go and choose Congregation Rodef Shalom as your preferred charity. Then, each time you shop, just go to that site and you will donate .5% of your purchase to Rodef Shalom! Easy, peasy! Thank you! 
King Soopers Cards are a wonderful way to support Rodef Shalom! Here is how it works: 1. Pick up your card - with $5 already on it - from the Rodef office during business hours or let us know to send one to you. 2. When you are ready to check out, tell the check-out person that you want to add money to your card before they start ringing up your groceries. There is no need to go to the courtesy counter to add money to your card. If you use a credit card, there is no credit card fee and you get the points. You can also add money to your card after your groceries have been rung up. 3. Use your card to pay whenever you checkout. 4. Rodef Shalom receives 5% of the amount you put on your card!
Rodef Shalom operates Bingo games as a wonderful opportunity to help fund raise for our synagogue and have fun.  Games are from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM every Sunday (except for Jewish holidays) at the Turn of the Century Bingo Hall at Jewell and Havana, in Aurora. Volunteers are always needed. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, contact Sherrie Davidson with your email address. She will send you an invitation to the Signup Genius website.
Memorialize a loved one and support Congregation Rodef Shalom. Have a bronze memorial plaque engraved with their name and the date of their death. The light by the plaque is illuminated for the week of their yahrzeit. Cost: $500. Engrave a leaf for the Tree of Life in the Sanctuary. Cost: $180.
In the Community 
Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus with producer Dr. Charles Jacobs and DU Professor Dr. Johnathan Adelman
Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Denver JCC, Phillips Social Hall (350 S Dahlia St, Denver)
Sponsored by Americans Against Terrorism, B'nai B'rith Denver and Faith Bible Chapel. RSVP requested  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 303-437-3144 Donation $10 in advance $15 at event.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado Programs
All About the "Newest" FamilySearch with Joy Davis 
Sunday, February 26, 10:00 a.m., JCC, Denver
Click HERE for more information on JGSCO events.
The Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players: Back for the 2017 Purim Performing Season
Sunday, March 12, 4:00 p.m., HEA
The community is invited to see the latest in the hilarious interpretations of the tradition Purim Story. This year, the stars (Esther, Mordechai, Achashverosh, and Haman) appear under the guise of The Jersey Boys. Straight out of New Shushan (nee New Jersey), the four main characters sing their way to stardom! This group of stars is accompanied by a full cast of maidens, guards, and other sordid characters. You will laugh, cry (from laughing), and have the urge to sing along to all these familiar tunes. The shpiel, as always, is open and free to the entire Denver community. The PPPP is an all inclusive organization that promotes fun for the Denver Jewish Community and your entire family.

Habitat Interfaith Alliance (HIA) Spring Fundraiser
Saturday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Mercury Cafe
Join HIA for a concert featuring Rabbi Joe Black of Temple Emanuel. Ticket prices are $25.00 each, of which 100% of the profits will be given to HIA for their 16th home. Click HERE for tickets. For additional information, please contact Janet Smith, (303) 755-4333 or Leslie Tjarks, (303) 220-0189.

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale & Kol Nashim
Sing Out for SafeHouse! 
Sunday, Mar. 19, 4 p.m.,  HEA
Kol Nashim, the Women's Choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale is participating together with Fourteeners, the young women's choir of the Rocky Mountain Children's Chorale and Impromptu, a community women's choir. Proceeds will benefit SafeHouse Denver, the only residential shelter in the metro area. 
Information about both choirs and upcoming concerts are available on their website:
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.

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