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Upcoming Events
Rodfei Tzedek Meeting
TONIGHT, Thursday, April 20, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Rodfei Tzedek is a Rodef Shalom group that's working along with others to erase hunger in Colorado. If you'd like to look at some of the ideas and issues we work with ahead of the meeting, check out these links. We look forward to your questions and comments!
"Karov L'chol Kor'av - Are You really close to all who cry out to You?" 
Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m., Rodef Shalom
Join us at Shabbat services at Rodef Shalom as Rabbi Sandra Cohen speaks about mental health in the Jewish community. She will explore her own journey with mental illness, as well as how the Jewish community can better serve families and individuals struggling with mental diseases. Rabbi Cohen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) has been a rabbi in Denver for almost 22 years, beginning as the assistant rabbi at Temple Emanuel and then the rabbi of Temple Micah. Since her stroke 15 years ago left her disabled, she has concentrated on learning and teaching Jewish texts, and working in pastoral care.
Kids' Kiddush
Saturday, April 22, 11:45 a.m., 2nd Preschool Classroom
Starring Rabbi Gerson and his illustrious side kick Shirley Temple. Students grades 2-7 join Rabbi for schmoozing, sipping, learning, and games.

The evening will start with blessings promptly at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, services at 6:45 p.m., and dessert at about 7:45 p.m. RSVPs are required for the dinner and appreciated for the services. To RSVP,  volunteer to help cook, offer a ride, or request a ride, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Sunday, April 23.

Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze
Friday, April 28, 6:00 p.m.
The evening will start with blessings promptly at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, services at 6:45 p.m., and dessert at about 7:45 p.m. RSVPs are required for the dinner and appreciated for the services. To RSVP, volunteer to help cook, offer a ride, or request a ride, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday, April 23.

Annual Congregation Meeting
Sunday, April 30, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
All Rodef Shalom members are invited to come and vote on the new slate of Board officers, acknowledge our outstanding contributors, find out about our accomplishments and areas for growth and vote on the 2017/18 Budget. Babysitting will be provided. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Yom Ha'atzmaut with Noam Grinfeld
Tuesday, May 2, 11:00 a.m., Library
This year we celebrate 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. In commemoration, JEWISHcolorado's Israeli Shlichah Noam Grinfield will present "50 Years to the 6 Day War". RSVP: FILL OUT FORM. In conjunction with Kavod On the Road.

April 22, 2017 - 26 Nisan 5777
Light Candles Friday: 7:26 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 8:28 p.m.
Torah / Annual: Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47
Torah / Trienniel 1: Leviticus 9:1 - 10:11
Haftarah: Second Samuel 6:1 - 7:17
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.
Tot Shabbat, Library / Mini-Minyan, Preschool Classroom
11:15 a.m.
Kids' Kiddush, Preschool Classroom
Tanakh & Tabloids
Thursday, April 20, 27 - 11:00 a.m., Library 
Talmud Class
Sunday, April 30, 10:45 a.m., Library

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., at the home of Joy Davis
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.
Refuah Shlaymah to ...
Phil Bush, Margaret Methner
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, 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 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!  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! CLICK HERE.
Youth & Family
Ulpan Class
Wednesday, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24:  4:30 p.m.
Mini Ulpan
Saturday, May 6, 20: 10:30 a.m.
Shabbat Supper Club
Friday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. 
Sunday Funday
Sunday, May 21
A Challenge To Help Our Kids Learn
We are almost at the two thirds mark for our Youth Programs fundraising campaign! 
THANK YOU for helping us reach $9,284 towards our goal of $15,000! We have $5,716 to go.  Thanks to the first $5,000 being matched by Dr. Ali Trachtman Hill and Jason Hill.  The match isn't over until we hit $10,000!

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!
Rodef Shalom Softball
Rodef is seeking guys to join our Rodef softball team. Games are on Sunday mornings and we will be having a scrimmage between two Rodef teams on May 7 at 1:30 p.m. if anyone is interested. Please contact Marty Zimmerman at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The Gift Shop is Closing!
"The Barbaras" have enjoyed running the Gift Shop and providing a warm, inviting place for our congregants and friends to shop for gifts and Judaica. After decades, it has been decided to close the store.
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. (except on holidays)   and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Cash or checks are preferred but we will accept credit cards for purchases of $100 or more.  Or call Barbara Raizen to schedule a visit.
Celebrate the Anniversary of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Have you ever thought about "reprising" your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Haftarah 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.
Giving Opportunities

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.
Member to Member

Donations for MS Walk Denver 2017
I am asking for your donation OR pledge/dollar amount at this time, since I am not even 1/2 way towards reaching my goal ($10,000+) and the walk will be here soon!
You can make your pledge the following ways:
        Click on "Donate to Sheila,"...then follow the prompts to make your pledge.
**    By mail: Make your check payable to: Nat'l MS Society- Colorado-Wyoming Chapter.
        Mail to: Sheila Sharpe, 838 S. Grape St., Denver, CO 80246 (phone= 303-377-4111). 
        If you have questions, feel free to call me OR email me-  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NOTE: If it works better for you, you can PLEDGE NOW (if possible, let me know the amount) and send your money in at a later date--that would be great!
Thank you, again, for your support of this cause and my efforts to make a difference (through you) in finding a cure for this awful disease.
Sheila Sharpe
In the Community 
Habitat Happenings
Habitat Interfaith Alliance (HIA) is excited to announce the new build site for homes in the metro Denver area, Sheridan Square. It currently has 12-15 buildings and the address for the home we are building is 3782 S. Knox Court, Denver, CO 80236. Our volunteer build for the 2017 HIA house began on April 8, 2017, and continues through August 5, 2017. Hours for the build are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jewish member congregations have 2 Sunday dates to build: April 30 and May 21. You may sign up to build online on our website, Click on "Volunteer " and "signup." For more information, please contact Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) or Janet Smith (303-755-4333).
Jewish Family Service Offers Refugee Assistance Projects
For people looking to make an immediate and positive impact on their community, Jewish Family Service offers five easy ways to assist refugee clients in the metro Denver area. Click HERE for more information.
Kol Nashim is proud to present "Woman to Woman", concerts benefiting the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women.
Sunday, May 21, 3:00 p.m., Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Rd., Boulder, CO 80303
Thursday, May 25, 7:00 p.m., Rodef Shalom 
Click HERE for information on upcoming 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.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado presents
"American Ghost: A Haunting Tale of Jews, Germans and the American Frontier" with Hannah Nordhaus
Sunday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. - noon, Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Rd., Boulder
Click HERE for more information.
Lecture by Avivah Zornberg
Sunday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Rodef Shalom
Dr. Avivah Zornberg, noted Israeli scholar and author, will be speaking on the topic of Moses, Let Me See the Good Land: The Story of a Human Life. The program is free of charge, but reservations are recommended and requested. For information and reservations:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Denver Chapter of Hadassah announces "Our Heritage and Our Health," a community-wide event
Thursday, May 4
Get the latest updates on genetic conditions occurring most often among Ashkenazi Jews. Genetic Counselor Gary Frohlich will discuss "The Founder Effect," the 11 genetic conditions among the Askhenazim, and the signs and symptoms of Gaucher Disease. There are two opportunities for attending this event: 12:00 p.m.: Deli buffet $10 at Eastside Kosher Deli, 499 So. Elm St, Denver, 80246, or 6:00 p.m. 3 course dinner, $36 at McCormick and Schmick, 8100 E. Union Ave., Denver, CO 80237. RSVP to Judith by April 28, 303-619-3141.
Hadassah Fashion Event
Wednesday, May 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., HEA
L.E.A. Chapter of Hadassah invites you to a Runway Event, Look Extraordinary Always. RSVP by May 5. Click HERE for more information.
JEWISHcolorado 2017 Young Adult Travel to Israel Subsidies
JEWISHcolorado is offering a limited number of stipends to teens and young adults ages 16-30 participating in peer group trips to Israel in 2017. Click HERE for application and guidelines.

Click HERE to go to the Jewish Colorado events calendar

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