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May 30, 2015 - 12 Sivan 5775
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Torah / Annual Cycle: Numbers 4:21 - 7:89
Torah / Trienniel Cycle: Numbers 5:11 - 6:27
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25
MAY 28 - JUNE 3...
Thursday, May 28:
Annual Congregational Meeting, 6:30 PM, Rodef Shalom
Friday, May 29:
Shabbat Beginning, 6:15 PM, Lobby
Sunday, May 31:
Listening Campaign, 3:00 PM, Social Hall
Minyan on the Move, 6:30 PM, at the home of Michael & Rabbi Sara Gilbert

Mazel Tov to ...

Paul and Kathi Newman, Valerie Knowles, and Janet Smith, on graduating from the Colorado Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

Refuah Shlaymah to ...
Joe Defez, Gail DeVore, Lita Katz, Emily Menkis, Lottie Stark.

Congregation Rodef Shalom

Annual Congregational Meeting

Thursday, May 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Rodef Shalom

Find out about Rodef Shalom's plans for the new fiscal year, accomplishments, annual budget and more.   Light snacks.Please join us!

SHABBAT BEGINNINGS: Welcoming Shabbat with Spirit and Song
Friday, May 29, 6:15 PM, Lobby
Lend us your voice and your energy in this Kabbalat Shabbat service. The evening will begin with snacks and discussion of the Weekly Torah Portion, to be followed by the davening, led by Rabbi Gerson and Rodef member. Transliteration pamphlets will be available for full inclusion. Free and open to the community. Since we anticipate the participation of those who are saying kaddish, and the desire for having a minyan is strong, I ask that you inform us about your status before the date of the Service. Information: 303-399-0035.

Listening from Within: A Rodfei Tzedek Listening Campaign
Sunday, May 31, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Social Hall
Is there some community-wide issue that is of special interest to you that Rodef members can help tackle?  For some, this might be concern about the lack of Denver metro services available for alcoholism/substance abuse specifically geared within a Jewish framework; someone else might be concerned about the lack of medical services available for seniors who are financially compromised; some might be concerned about the difficulties acquiring mental health services; others might be concerned about the increase in gun violence.  Rodfei Tzedek, the social action arm of Rodef Shalom, invites you to participate in our congregation-wide listening campaign to share your ideas and help provide direction for our congregation action.  If you have questions about this, please contact Evelyn Hutt at 303-322-2726. Click HERE for more information.
2015 Walk for Israel Colorado
Sunday, May 31, 10:00 AM, JCC Denver
Stand united with Israel by joining Rodef Shalom and Colorado's Jewish Community for a 2-mile walk celebrating Israel's Independence! Walk is Free to all participants, however, registration is required
With your help we're hoping to have 1800 people showing solidarity for Israel. Come to the JCC Parking Lot and look for the Rodef Shalom sign so that we can walk together. The first 15 people to meet get a free T-shirt and flag!
9:00 a.m. Pre-Walk Registration
9:30 a.m. Kickoff Celebration
10:00 a.m. Walk leaves promptly 
Meet back at the JCC for a post-walk party, with live music, Israeli games, activities and festive food. Information: 303-399-0035
Rodef Shalom Annual Event
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
Our Annual Event was a Smashing Success.  Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed. Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Greatest Generation: Bonnie Merenstein
Baby Boomer: Allan Kantrowitz & Judy Fishman
Generation X: Joel & Nancy Merenstein, Eric Elkins
Generation Y: Rabbi Sandra & Ben Cohen, Les Davidson, Dan Hyman & Martha Sack, Ray Merenstein & RDM Communications, Randy & Michelle Brunschwig
Millennial: Centennial Bank, Rosenthal Family, Denver Jewish Day School 10th Grade, Berdine Clumpus & Deanna Simon, Alan Katz & Simona Yuffa, Don Becker & Becker Copier Service, David & Laura Ross, Leslye Prum, Gary & Roni Ogin, Allan & Alberta Sulzer 
Thank you to all the wonderful people who volunteered their time to make our Annual Event such a success:

Barbara Zimmerman  

Elaine Tinter

Roni Ogin

Barbara and Hal Raizen

Leslie Tjarks 

Anita Wenner 

Deanna Simon 

Ruth Epstein 

Kay Shaw 

Berdine Clumpus

Sherrie Davidson 

Alan Katz 

The Honoree families: including Marvin Feldman's Encore Music band and Ray Merenstein and Ilana Steinberg  

David Ross

Marty Zimmerman

Gayle Bush

Scott Richardson

Barbara Robbins

Marcus Oginsky

Linda Reitz

Thank you to our Tribute Book Advertisers:

Bush Family

Sarah Grope, Certified Mohelet

Yad Yael

Rocky Mountain Bingo Supply

Rabbi Birdie Becker
Springbrooke Retirement
Denver Jewish Day School
Merenstein Family
All Colorado Insurance Services
Brookdate Mountain View
Shames Makovsky
Tot Shabbat
Bluepoint Bakery
Mt. Nebo Memorial Park
Integrity Printing
Balaban, Levinson & Costigan
Selma Friedman, Della & Jeff Levy
Ruby Family
La Vie Catering
Roni Ogin
The Tinters
The Martins

The Mental Health Center of Denver
Past Presidents
Cohen Family and the Klez Dispensers
Blum, Sanders, Stiches & Topelson Families
Michael & Hedva Weinberg
Les Davidson
Deanna, Alberta, Gail & Leslie
Joel & Nancy Merenstein
Dan Hyman & Martha Sack
Pomeranz Family
Carl & Amy Boymel
Weissman Family
The Harris Family
Rabbi Bernard and Susan Gerson

A special thank you to all the Rodef Shalom staff for their expertise!

Feedback About Services Sought

As we wind down the Jewish year of spiritual programming, and the Rabbi and Cantor start their plans for the coming year, every Rodef member is invited to contribute feedback and suggestions about our Shabbat and Holiday Services, including High Holidays, Festivals, Shabbat with a Backbeat, Shabbat Shirah, and our weekly Shabbat Morning Service. Feel welcome to send a message with your comments to either Rabbi Gerson ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Cantor Saul ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) before June 15.

Sisterhood's Annual Membership Kick-Off Event
Sunday, June 7, 2:00 - 4:00 PM (Registration starts at 1:30 PM), Rodef Shalom
Wendy Gibbons, Herbalist, Massage Therapist will present , "WOMEN'S HEALTH SERIES". Wendy, an herbalist, with over 20 years experience as a practicing massage therapist, will address the top issues women ask her for support when they come to see her: Learn how she supports health & well being for women. She will offer many self care suggestions, herbs for skin health and cooking for a healthy lifestyle. We will make lotions and soaps with fresh herbs.
You will have an opportunity to schmooze, enjoy noshes, learn about Sisterhood, and hear how others are making a real difference in their communities.
The slate of new and continuing members of the Sisterhood Board will be presented for approval at the June program.
Your prepayment of $25 for the June program will count as your RSVP and membership for the 2015-2016 Sisterhood year which begins June 7th - renewal or joining for the first time. The event is open to the community. RSVP by Friday, June 5th. Please make your check payable to "Rodef Shalom Sisterhood" and mail it to the Rodef office or bring it to the event. 
For additional information, please contact Gayle Bush, at 303-420-2778 or email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
If you think of any friends you would like to invite, the more the merrier!
Shabbat Under The Stars
Friday, June 12, 7:00 PM, Meditation Garden
Free and open to all!
Jewish Meditation with Rabbi Anat Moskowitz
Wednesday, June 24, 11 AM, Rodef Shalom
Cultivate a peaceful space in your mind with deep breathing. 

In cooperation with Kavod On The Road.

Donations accepted. RSVP here. Information: 303.399.0035 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
InvolvedGet Involved
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.
memberMember to Member

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.
For those who are unaware- outside of the main sanctuary at Rodef Shalom there is a rack with a bunch of "toy bags" for children to bring into the sanctuary and stay busy- the bags were made by Heather Oginsky. THANK YOU! If you have items to contribute to the bags or you would like to buy some, contact me for pickup/dropoff.Some good item suggestions include things like: travel size magnadoodle, magnetic tin toys, wooly willy, board books, lacing cards, squishy toys, magnetic paper dolls like this.  Alternatively, you can provide a donation for the Young Families team to purchase some items, use the link for the Tot Shabbat fund and indicate that the gift you should be allocated for toy bag updates.  
Congratulations to Melton Melton Core Curriculum graduates : Paul and Kathi Newman, Valerie Knowles, and Janet Smith.
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.

communityCommunity Events
Help Leket Israel Feed Israel's Needy in Honor of Israel Independence Day ... 
Those of us who heard Rabbi Marc Gitler's presentation at Shabbat Services on April 18 were sensitized to the acute need for hunger relief in Israeli society. In honor of Rodef Shalom, a link has been created for donations to Israel's National Food BankHelp Leket Israel Feed Israel's Needy This Yom Ha'atzmaut - See more here.



The building of our 14th Habitat home is in full swing. Our Habitat Interfaith Alliance is sponsoring one unit in a 5-plex at 939 Mariposa.  It's a great location - an easy walk from the light rail station at 10th and Osage. Rodef Shalom is scheduled to build again on Sunday, June 28 with B'nai Havurah and HEA. It's a great opportunity to put your good will into action.  Your children 16 and older are also eligible to participate with you.  We hope to see you on one of those days.  Lunch will be provided for the hardworking builders!  You can sign up at or through our website If your schedule allows, you may sign up to build in any of the open slots on other days.  Our 11th Annual Habitat for Humanity Golf Classic will take place on June 1, 2015 at Glenmoor Country Club.  Details are available on thewebsite.  Please call Janet Smith or Leslie Tjarks if you have questions.  Your support for these events is greatly appreciated.

Life's a Song: A Musical Tribute Celebrating 100 Years of Denver Chapter of Hadassah

Tuesday, June 2, 7:15 PM, BMH-BJ

Join us for an evening of lively musical selections including Yiddish, Jewish, and Broadway hits featuring Chaya Sarah Tene. Click HERE for more information.


Grief in the Workplace
What Really Happens in the 21st Century

Heartlight Center, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Denver, 80014 

Thursday, June 4, 8:30 AM, 

Friday June 5, 8:30 AM 

Join Rachel Kodanaz--author, speaker and consultant who provides support to workplaces when there has been a death of an employee or when an employee has experienced a substantial loss for a presentation and discussion on how to deal with death in the workplace. RSVP or questions:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (303) 619-3547.


Kol Nashim

The Women's Choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale present: "Woman to Woman"

A benefit concert for the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women.

Sunday, June 7, 4:00 PM at Congregation B'nai Chaim, 4716 Coors Lane, Morrison, CO 80465, Featuring Cantor Kim Harris

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 PM, Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St., Denver, CO 80237, Featuring Cantor Martin Goldstein. Minimum $18 donation requested. RSVP to Leah Peer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (303) 766-5324.

Click here for flyer.

Jewish Community Day at the Colorado Rockies

June 7, 2:10 PM, Coors Field

In appreciation of the Jewish Community and their support of the Colorado Rockies, we invite you to Coors Field to watch the Rockies take on the Miami Marlins on Sunday, June 7th at 2:10 p.m.

Arrive early to support the local Jewish Community children's chorus performing the National Anthem!

Your Jewish Community Day package includes the following:
  • A ticket to watch the Rockies take on the Marlins
  • Special, Colorado Rockies Yarmulke!

PLEASE NOTE: Must purchase Jewish Community Day package to receive Colorado Rockies Yarmulke.

$20 Tickets in Lower Reserved Outfield
$30 Tickets in Outfield Box

Plant Together at Ekar Farms

Sunday, June 7, 2:00-4:00 PM  

6825 E Alameda Avenue 

Join people of all faiths to help prepare the ground and plant together at Ekar Farm. Ekar is a Jewish urban farm that grows food for various hunger relief agencies.  Bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen and shoes that can get dirty and protect your toes.  Family event - children over 3 will enjoy Ekar's pint-sized tools and getting dirty! RSVP to Ev Hutt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 303-322-2726.

Parking Lot Sale & BBQ

Sunday, June 7, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
BMH-BJ 560 S. Monaco Pkwy. 80224
Vendor RSVP to Sheila, (303) 951-8221, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 1. 

Shalom Cares - Party in our Park

Sunday, June 14, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

14800 E. Belleview Dr., Aurora 

Live music and refreshments, no charge. Information Marilyn Bogan, 303-680-5000.

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.
Jewish & Widowed Upcoming Events
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.

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