Yom Sheini, 29 AdarI 5777

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Upcoming Events
Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home
Friday, March 24, 6:30 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. 
Please call the office (303) 399-0035 or email Debi Bush at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Kids Kiddush 
Saturday, March 25, 11:15 a.m. - noon, 2nd Preschool Classroom 
With Rabbi Gerson and his sidekick Shirley Temple. For kids 2-7th Grade. RSVP to Debbie Kaner  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Adult Learning with Marlene Richter 
Saturday, March 25, 11:15 a.m. - noon, Social Hall
Yep, it's time to talk Passover. Marlene will help us get close and personal with the Haggadah. (Chametz will still be served for Kiddish for the next few weeks so no worries). No RSVP necessary. Just show up!
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch
Saturday, March 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 (approx. 12:30 p.m.) for "spirited singing" and Torah study.
Spice Up Your Seder with Yael
Tuesday, April 4, 11:00 a.m., Rodef Shalom
Get tips and ideas that will make your seder more interesting and exciting for your family, especially your grandchildren. Yael Steinberg will share games and practices that have caught the attention of her students at Jewish schools. She is currently a freshman at Community College of Denver, pursuing a lead preschool certification. In cooperation with Kavod On the Road. Free and open to the community! Advance reservations appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome! RSVP HERE.

Shabbat With a Backbeat (SWAB)
Saturday, April 15, 9:30 a.m., Rodef Shalom
Join Cantor Saul, accompanied by the musicians and singers of Shir Rodef, in the Sanctuary for their final Shabbat morning MUSICAL service of the year.  Songs and readings for the Passover holiday will be integrated, as well.  A parallel service, led by congregation members, will take place in the Chapel in the Mizel Building. If you would like to sign up for a leader role or Torah reading, please visit the Parallel Service Sign-up Doc.
Our whole community will join together in the social hall for Kiddush following services.
Vayakhel - Pekudei / Shabbat HaHodesh March 25, 2017 - 27 Adar 5777 
Light Candles Friday: 6:58 p.m. 
Shabbat Ends: 7:57 p.m. 
Torah / Annual: Exodus: 35:1 - 40:38
Torah / Triennial Year 1: Exodus 35:1 - 37:16
Special Maftir: Exodus 12:1-20
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16 - 46:18
9:00 a.m. 
Shul-Bucks Shabbat Coffee House 
9:30 a.m.
Shabbat Services, Sanctuary
9:30 a.m.
Babysitting, 1st Preschool Classroom
11:15 a.m.
Adult Discussion, Social Hall
11:15 a.m. 
Kids' Kiddush, 2nd Preschool Classroom
11:15 a.m.
Tot Shabbat, Library / Mini-Minyan, Youth Lounge
12:30 p.m.
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch, Social Hall
Tanakh & Tabloids
Thursday, March  30 - 11:00 a.m., Library 
Talmud Class
Sunday, March 26 - 10:30 a.m., Library
Rabbi's After Kiddush Tisch
Saturday, March 25 - 12:30 p.m.

Refuah Shlaymah to ...
Joel Miller
Barbara Raizen
Mazel Tov to ...
Elissa & Josh Flaumenhaft on the birth of their son Spencer Grayson

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., at the home of Rabbi Sara & Michael Gilbert
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.
Rodef Shalom's Annual Event
"Life is Better When You're Laughing" 
Sunday, May 21, 3:30 p.m., Rodef Shalom
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 a silent auction! 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!  

Rodef's Got Talent!
Sign up for our "Open Mic Night" portion of our Annual Event. Sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Stand-up comedy? Only 90 seconds of your time!Interested in helping us create a really fun time? Talk to Barbara Robbins for call the office at (303) 399-0035 or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
We are currently accepting donations for silent auction items, such as gift certificates for restaurants, stores, sporting events and museums, or personal services like massages, manicures, haircuts, and home decor. You can even donate your vacation home for a week. Any unique skills or hobbies you can share are always big favorites for bidders: baking, knitting, free creative! Bring items to the synagogue or call Barbara Robbins (303) 393-1332.
Youth & Family
Ulpan Class
There will not be Ulpan class on March 29 due to spring break. 
Sunday FunDay
Sunday, March 26, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Field Trip to Delores Project
Email Debbie Kaner with questions and to RSVP.
8-12 graders (Kadima/USY) Spring Kallah
April 20-23, Sunstream Retreat Center, Ogden, IA
Registration Deadline April 7.
Click HERE for more information, or email Debbie Kaner. Click HERE to register. 
Kadima and USY join the Boulder Chapter for Pottery Painting and fun!
Sunday,  March 19, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Color Me Mine Boulder: 1938 Pearl Street Boulder, 80302
Decorate your very own ceramic Elijah's or Miriam's Cup in time for Passover! 
*We will meet at Rodef at 2:00 p.m. and caravan to Boulder (If any parents are interested in driving, please let me know). Cost is $25/person. Scholarships are available through Bonai Shalom. If you are interested in a scholarship or have any questions, please contact me. RSVP or Questions: Debbie Kaner.
Kadima and USY (With Boulder Kids) at Jump Street
Sunday, March 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m, Jump Street, 7969 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, 80112
Let's get together for bouncing, fun, friends...and food! *We will meet at Jump Street
Cost: $20/person all included (entrance fee and pizza). Contact Debbie Kaner with questions and to RSVP. Click HERE for online Release and Parent/Guardian Waiver of Liability form.
The Gift Shop is Closing!
The Barbara's have enjoyed running the Gift Shop and providing a warm, inviting place for our congregants and friends to shop for gifts and Judaica. After 17 years, it has been decided to close the store. Our last day of operation will be April 9, 2017.
All of the inventory will be on sale, 50%-60% off. The gift shop will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - noon OR BY APPOINTMENT. Contact Barbara Robbins at 303-393-1332 or 720-392-8988. Cash or checks are preferred but we will accept credit cards for purchases of $100 or more.
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!
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.
A Challenge To Help Our Kids Learn
We are just over the half way mark for our Youth Programs fundraising campaign! 
THANK YOU for helping us get to $8,400! We still have $6,600 to go. 
Please continue to help support our community with this exciting matched giving opportunity thanks to the generosity of Dr. Ali Trachtman Hill and Jason Hill. 
Your gift will be matched up to $5,000! Help us reach our goal of $15,000! Your donations will support Rodef Shalom's vibrant and growing Youth Programs, which include our innovative Passport to Jewish Learning program, Kadima, USY, Shabbat kids and family programming such as Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, and many more.  
Click HERE to give now and have your dollars MATCHED! Please select Youth Programs from Fund Direction drop down menu if making a donation online. If mailing a check, please make it out to Congregation Rodef Shalom and add "youth programs" on the memo line.  
Thank you in advance for helping to meet our goal and maximize this amazing and generous opportunity!
Pesach 5777
Rabbi Gerson's Passover Guide & Agency Appointment for the Sale of Househould Leaven are now available on the Passover page of our website. Click HERE.
Passover Mitzvah Project
This year at Passover, you can help newly arriving refugee children at Denver Health's Refugee Clinic in Lowry. The following NEW items are needed for a spring clothing distribution for kids in grades K-12.
* Coats* * Jackets and sweaters * Jeans and slacks
* Collared shirts * Underwear * Athletic shoes
* Toiletry items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant
*Gently used coats are acceptable. All other clothing items must be new.
Clothing items will be accepted at the Rodef Shalom Preschool office. Click HERE for more information.
Need Some Seder Company?
As you make your Passover Plans, Rodef Shalom would be delighted to help make some Seder matches (Monday evening, April 10 and Tuesday evening, April 11). Hosts looking for guests? Guests looking for hosts? Call or email Connie in the Rodef office (303-399-0035 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or sign-up HERE.
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 
Jewish Family Service Spring Community Food Drive
 We hope you'll join us in this effort to feed people in need in our community. Bring your donations and drop them off in the JFS barrel.  Or pick up one of the bright green bags to take shopping with you.  Fill it and bring it back!
Join the Mizel Museum for the award-winning film, Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis on March 29, 7:00 p.m., Sie FilmCenter
The film is a riveting portrayal of civil rights icon, congressional leader and champion for human rights John Lewis and his lifelong commitment to social justice. Tickets ($10) are selling fast, so we encourage you to purchase today HERE. Following the screening, Sheldon Steinhauser, former executive director of ADL Rocky Mtn. Region, will lead a critical and constructive discussion on the importance of civic engagement in today's communities. More details HERE. Questions? Call 303-749-5017 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Masterworks from the collection of Tobia & Morton Mower
Opening on Friday, March 31, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
The Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The exceptional collection of our members, Morton and Tobia Mower, began as a financial investment but quickly became a life-long passion, which the Mowers delight in sharing with others who enjoy and appreciate fine art. This exhibit includes the paintings of Impressionist masters such as Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Pierre-August Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley as well as drawings by Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse. Also on display are more modern works from artists such as Chaim Soutine, Fernand Leger, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. The exhibit includes selected bronze sculptures from their collection of Rodin. The gallery is free and open to the public on Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
13080 E. 19th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045. Donations can be made at the door. For more information, please call (303) 724-3994.
The Mikvah of East Denver (MOED) Immersion Circle
Wednesday, April 5, 9:00 a.m., Rodef Shalom Library
A discussion about MOED's new community engagement program to learn about the transitions in water and immersion in Judaism. Insights from preschool parent, Sarah Wolfe. Chocolates and beverages served. RSVP by April 3 to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale presents:
Just in time for Passover!
Thursday, April 6, 6:00 p.m., Kavod Senior Life, 22 South Adams St., Denver 80209
Free and open to the public. No RSVPs required. Click HERE for Chorale events.
ADL's 36th Annual Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program 
Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 p.m., Temple Emanuel
The keynote speaker is Dr. Hana Berger Moran, a pharmacologist who, along with her mother, survived the Shoah as an infant. Hana is a subject of the book Born Survivors by Wendy Holden. The program will include a memorial service, and the winners of ADL's A Tribute to Moral Courage student essay contest will also be recognized. Click HERE for free tickets. Information: (303) 830-7177.
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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