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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.
Parashat Sh'mot
January 21, 2017 - 23 Tevet 5777
Light Candles Friday: 4:48 PM
Shabbat Ends: 5:50 PM
Torah / Annual: Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
Torah / Triennial Year 1: Exodus 1:1 - 2:25
Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:3; 29:22-23
9:00 AM 
Shul-Bucks Shabbat Coffee House 
9:30 AM 
Shabbat Services, Sanctuary 
9:30 AM 
Babysitting, 1st Preschool Classroom 
10:30 AM
Mini Ulpan, Youth Lounge
11:15 AM 
Tot Shabbat, Library / Mini-Minyan, Youth Lounge
4:30 PM
Shabbat Endings, Lobby 
Kiddush co-sponsored by Phil & Debi Bush and Rabbi Bernard & Sue Parker Gerson in honor of Phil & Bernie's shared 40th Bar Mitzvah Anniversary.
Todah Rabbah to ... 
Lita Katz and Harold Gunn for co-sponsoring last week's Kiddush 
Condolences to ... 
Eva Hutt on the death of her father (and our beloved member) Martin Hutt
Refuah Shlaymah to ... 
Pearl Schor
Tanakh & Tabloids
Thursday, January 19, 26 - 11:00 AM, Library 
Talmud Class
Sunday, January 22 - 10:30 AM, Library
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch
Saturday, January 28 - 12:30 PM 
Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 PM, at the home of Andrew Brock
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.
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. You will shortly be receiving 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, 2017
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
Ledger Yoffe, age two, is about to become a big brother.  His parents, Ryan and Brittney are getting prepared to welcome a baby girl into the family in February to join Ledger and their two dogs, Reggie and Kimber.  They have recently joined Rodef Shalom after finding us through the pre-school where Ledger is a happy camper these days.
Brittney grew up in Albuquerque and met Ryan, who is from Montreal, when she was spending a year studying at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.  They both were working on undergraduate degrees in Finance, hers from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and his from Dalhousie.  Brittney also holds an MBA from UNM.
The couple was married in 2013 in Albuquerque and came to Denver about three years ago.  Today Brittney is the head of Human Resources at Lender Live, a mortgage company with more than 800 employees.  Ryan is the owner of two children's daycare centers in Littleton taking care of 150 kids.
In what little time the couple have on their own, they enjoy an occasional movie.  Growing up in Canada, Ryan is a hockey player, of course, and plays in a Denver league.  Brittney loves to snowboard though that is on hold for the time being.  And Ledger is talking music and art classes at the JCC - at least until he's big enough to play hockey, his father reports.
Rodef Shalom is a good fit as Ryan grew up in a Conservative-style home and attended a Jewish elementary school in Montreal.
Please help us welcome the Yoffe family to our community.
Youth & Family
Mini Ulpan class
Saturday, January 21:  10:30 AM
Ulpan class
Wednesday, January 25:  4:30 PM
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 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.
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 
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale & Kol Nashim
Information about both choirs and upcoming concerts are available on their website:
Are you planning to attend the January 21 Women's March in Denver?
Concerned citizens of the diverse communities of Colorado will come together to champion human rights and dignity, and to send a message to our elected leaders to act to protect the needs of women, their families and our society. In recognition that it is Shabbat, there will be a brief Shabbat service at 8:45 AM before the march begins. All are warmly welcome to come to share inspiration and hope. Meet at the First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant Street, downtown near the State Capitol. See more details HERE.
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 -  8:00 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.

Learn More About Ramah in the Rockies 
Monday, January 30, 7:00 PM, at the home of camp parents Amy and Bernard Friedman (Bonnie Brae area)
Parents and potential campers are invited to learn more about camp this summer. Please RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (303) 261-8214 X106 to reserve a space and for exact address. PLEASE NOTE: If this information session is not convenient for you, we ALSO have bi-monthly online meetings. Please send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for exact information. You can also watch our video HERE to learn more.
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.

Click HERE to go to the Jewish Colorado events calendar

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