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Yom Sheini, 10 Nisan 5775

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March 28, 2015 - 8 Nisan 5775 
Light Candles: 7:01 pm 
Shabbat Ends: 8:02 pm
Torah/Annual Cycle: 
Leviticus   6:1 - 8:36
Torah/Triennial Year 2: 
Leviticus   7:11-38 
Haftarah: Malachi      3:4-24
MARCH 26- APRIL 1...
Thursday, March 26:
Tanakh & Tabloids, 11:00 am, Library
Yoga Class, 6:00 pm, Lobby
Saturday, March 28:
Sh'ma Salon, 10:45 am, 3rd Preschool Classroom
Rabbi's Tisch, 12:15 pm, Social Hall
Sunday, March 29:
Talmud Class, 11:00 am, Library

Condolences to ...

Candy Figa on the death of her mother, Carlyn Cole

Refuah Shlaymah to ...

Carl Boymel, Jan Ferrada, Emily Menkis, Margaret Methner

Rodef Shalom Annual Event
Thursday, May 7, 5:30 pm, Congregation Rodef Shalom
L'Dor V'Dor: Celebrating Families Through the Generations
Honoring the Multi-Generational Involvement of
The Merenstein/Steinberg Family
Bonnie, Ray, Ilana and Children
The Feldman/Richardson Family
Marvin, Marlene, William, Lisa, Shawn, Courtney,
Scott, Juli and Children
Family Friendly, Informal and Fun!
Dinner and Concert
Kosher Dietary Laws Observed 
Business Casual Dress
Click HERE for Sponsorship Form
Passover Picnic & Sing 
Thursday, April 9th, 5:45 pm,  
Social Hall 
Take a night off from cooking during Passover and join us at Rodef Shalom for a Kosher for Passover Picnic Dinner, with musical entertainment by 
Cantor Saul and some musical friends. Casual dress, fun evening and lots of fri 
ends! (Did we mention, no cooking??!) Costs: Adults - $14.00 Students (ages 6-11 yrs. old) - $8.00 Children (ages 3-5 yrs. old) - $5.00 Tots (3 and under) - Free Advance RSVPs required either online or by calling the office at 303-399-0035, no later than Thursday, April 2nd. 
Catering by Mark Millenson. 
Open to the community! Information: 303-399-0035.
Rabbi Gerson's Passover Guide
Rabbi's 2015 Passover Guide, which offers a schedule of important dates and times, as well as information about Kosher for Passover products, is now available for downloading from the Rodef website.  You may also print out his Agency Form for Selling your Household Chametz by clicking here.

Once again, Rodef Shalom will match guests in need of hosts and vice versa for the Seder nights, April 3 & 4. If you would like to host other members, or are in need of a place for the Seder, please send Rabbi Gerson a message (provide email address), specifying your availability.more

Passover Services for First Days of Yom Tov

The Siyyum for the First Born will occur this year on Friday morning, April 3, with a service and breakfast beginning at 7:00am.  All are also welcome to stay on until 8:30 to witness the selling of the chametz by Rabbi Gerson. 

Passover Services for the first days of Yom Tov will be held on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 at 9:30am on both days, followed by Kiddush.

Easter/Passover Denver Community Food Drive
March 21 -29 

Food will go to the Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry for distribution to people in need. The pantry serves more than 1,100 low-income people every month, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity, or ability. For more information, please contact Shelly Hines at (303) 597-5000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please bring non-perishable food to the marked bin in the Lobby.


 Sh'ma Salon: 

Interesting and Inclusive Conversations
Saturday, March 28, after the Torah service
Sh'ma Salon is an opportunity for us to read and discuss Sh'ma, which presents issues of contemporary Jewish thought. Some of the topics covered in past issues include American Jewish Loyalties, Leadership, Kiddushin, A Jewish Lens on Trafficking, the Jewish Table, Mystery and Awe, and Jewish Bodies.
Paul Bogan and Mike Weinberg will be heading up the group and facilitating the sessions. Watch your weekly e-mails and the Shofar to learn which issue will be discussed at each session, or share your interest in participating with them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Sh'ma newsletter is available online or through the mail. Go to, and click on Subscriptions to sign up. Please refer to Feb-March 2015 issue, pages 4-5; 13 & 15 for discussion.
The Complete Seder Dinner
Imagine how easy...this complete Seder Dinner can be delivered to your door Thursday afternoon, April 2nd, the day before the First Seder. It has everything you need for a memorable holiday with your loved ones. All you need is wine and matzoh, and leave the rest to your caterer, Mark Millenson Catering. YOUR ENTIRE MEAL WILL BE PREPARED IN THE KOSHER FOR PASSOVER KITCHEN OF RODEF SHALOM. Click HERE for menu and order form.

Irena Sendler 

"Angel of Warsaw Ghetto," 
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
In observance of Yom HaShoah the Rodef Sisterhood Committee invites the community to a one-act play about a Polish Catholic social worker, Irene Sendler, who risked her life to save others. Tickets: $18/Adults, $10/Children. RSVP to Sherry Goodman, 303-972-0858, or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Irena Sendler Flyer
The Alzheimer's Rollercoaster: Life and Laughter on the Alzheimer's Journey
Sunday, April 26, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
Congregation Rodef Shalom and the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado invite you to a unique Alzheimer's educational program designed for caregivers, family members and professionals. Learn how to access education and support from various resources. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP to Rosalyn Reese at the Alzheimer's Association at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303-813-1669 ext. 209.

Gateway to Jewish Prayer
12 week course begins 

Monday, May 4th, 7:15 PM, Rodef Shalom
 Perfect your reading while learning the prayers said most often at home and in the synagogue.

Instructor:  Marlene Richter. Cost:  $50.00 per person. Information & RSVP: 303-399-0035

Shavuot Retreat
Friday, May 22 through Tuesday, May 26, Ramah in the Rockies
Join Ramah Outdoor Adventure, Bonai Shalom (Boulder), Hebrew Educational Alliance (Denver), and Rodef Shalom (Denver) for a family-friendly Shavuot Retreat at the beautiful Ramah in the Rockies ranch. Click herefor more information and registration.
Rodef Shalom Yoga Class 
Thursday Evenings, 6:00 PM, Lobby
Come try it out and let your stress melt away!
$10 pp/class. Drop-ins welcome!
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Gift Shop
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
Help Rodef Shalom get it's game on. We need 6-8 volunteers for our weekly Sunday Bingo session. Contact Gayle Bush or to sign up, click here.
King Soopers Cards
Remember to use your card as it is connected to Rodef Shalom. Each time you use it, the synagogue benefits in the amount of 5% of the total. You can use it to buy King Soopers gas, prescriptions and groceries (gift cards excluded). Be sure to use it at least once every 30 days to keep it connected to Rodef Shalom. 
Bricks, Plaques and Leaves
Memorialize a loved one and support Congregation Rodef Shalom.
Engrave a brick at the entrance to Rodef. Cost: $360 
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
When you join, a percentage of your online purchases at over 1400 stores is donated to Rodef Shalom... at absolutely no cost to you! Stores include, BestBuy, Bed Bath & Beyond, just name a few. Donations range from 5-20%! You'll always see how much Rodef Shalom will receive from your purchase.
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Hearing Assistive Devices

Rodef Shalom now has hearing assistive devices available to congregants. They are located in a small 3 drawer unit on the far right of the glass shelf to the right of the sanctuary doors in the lobby. For more information, contact the office.

Events outside of Rodef Shalom are listed for your information and are not necessarily endorsed by Rodef Shalom.

communityCommunity Events

End Gun Violence Event

Featuring Rabbi Joel Mosbacher

Tuesday March 31, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St. Denver

He is a national leader in the eff­ort to make smart gun technology available to the public, and is the national co-chair of the interfaith, Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign, which works to reduce gun violence by pressing firearm manufacturers to introduce safer weapons. The event is FREE and Open to the Public. Reception following the event.

A Night of Questions:  
Second Night Passover Seder
Saturday, April 4, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Rodef Shalom, 450 S. Kearney St.

Join together with our friends at B'nai Havurah for a unique Jewish experience that is participatory, joyous, musical, fun, and intellectually engaging. This second night seder will blend tradition and innovation, so expect to hear and sing along with familiar Pesach tunes as well as catchy melodies from around the world.

Mark Millenson will create a fully catered seder (with vegan and vegetarian options) complete with matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, roasted chicken and more. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints!

Click HERE for more information and to register. 


Queer Seder

 April 7, 5:30 pm, Temple Emanuel
We are proud to be co-sponsors of this year's Queer Seder! Click HERE for more information and to register.

The Anti-Defamation League presents

The Governor's 34th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program: SURVIVAL AND FORGIVENESS:THE TRUE STORY OF EVA MOZES KOR, MENGELE TWIN
 Thursday, April 16, 5:30 pm, Temple Emanuel 51 Grape Street Denver, CO 80220


  • Eva Mozes Kor, A Holocaust survivor who, along with her twin sister Miriam, was subject to deadly lab experiments at the hands of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Ms. Kor went on to found CANDLES: Children of Auschwitz Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors, an organization, education center and museum in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ms. Kor travels the world speaking about her experiences and the need for forgiveness and is the subject of a number of documentaries and the author of several books. She was most recently featured in the CNN special program "Voices From Auschwitz" hosted by Wolf Blitzer, which aired on January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
  • A Message to Colorado delivered by Governor John Hickenlooper.
  • A candle-lighting ceremony, memorializing those who perished in the Holocaust and honoring Colorado's Holocaust survivors.

RSVP TODAY*: Visit or contact ADL at 303-830-7177 ext. 220.

 *Complimentary tickets are required for admission. 

2015 World Zionist Congress

Your vote can increase the Conservative - Masorti voice at the October World Zionist Congress. Go, click on "vote now," and Vote Mercaz Slate #2! You do NOT have to be Mercaz member to VoteMercaz Slate #2! Any Jewish person with a permanent address in the United States can vote; other communities will be holding their own election.There is a US $10 charge [US $5 for those 18-30] paid to Election America to cover the costs of the election.
Hazon Colorado 2015 Scholarship Opportunities
Hazon offers scholarships to people from the Denver and Boulder areas for multi-day Hazon events happening around the country and in Israel. Get inspired by national programs and like-minded leaders! Click here for more information. 
USY Youth Trips to Israel
click here for more information.
Honeymoon Israel
We are partnering with Honeymoon Israel, alongside JEWISHcolorado and the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council to provide a trip to Israel for newlyweds at a highly subsidized rate. Now, before you get excited... there are some rules. It's kind of like birthright for newlyweds. You have to have been married less than 5 years, have at least one Jewish partner, 25-40 years old, and ONE of the partners must have never been to Israel on an organized/peer trip. All that being said, it only costs, all in for two including airfare... $1800! Application open March 1 and close March 31, the trip is October 29 - November 7, 2015. Check it out -
Jewish & Widowed Upcoming Events
Let's Take a Walk
Tuesday, April 14, 10 am
Location: Meet at the JCC (Wolf Theatre Entrance) at 350 S. Dahlia Street to form carpools
Description: Join us for a relaxing walk through Cherry Creek Park viewing birds and wildlife
Lunch: Bring your own bag lunch
RSVP by Friday, April 10 to Linda Volin at 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 720.382.7842.

For more information and to RSVP: 
RSVP to Connie Moore at 720.382.7813 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To pay, you can drop off or mail a check payable to 
Kavod Senior Life to:
Kavod Senior Life Activities Department
22 South Adams Street
Denver, CO 80209
2) RSVP and pay online with a credit card here.

J&W Travel Group
Are you interested in group travel with other J&W members and friends? Sherry Goodman has organized an incredible trip to Dubrovnik and would love for you to join!
Dubrovnik & Beyond from the Adriatic to the Alps (visiting Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija; Slovenia: Bled & Ljublijana) - 14 Days, August 2015
For tickets contact Sherry Goodman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303.972.0858.

Jewish Baby University Events
Click here for listing.
PJ Library
FREE Children's books for Jewish children ages 6 months to 5 years old! PJ Library is now available to families in Colorado to receive one FREE book per month! The first books are scheduled to be mailed in July. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! Enroll here.

Radio Chavura
Radio Chavura on 990 KRKS AM features a diverse range of guests that includes authors, artists, students, and congregational leaders. This multi-generational show will make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. Listen each Sunday evening at 6:30 PM

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Yom Sheini, 10 Nisan 5775


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