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Yom Rivii, 3 Av 5774

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July 31 - August 6, 2014


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Shabbat Sneak Peak

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"Sneak Peak" the Torah Portion, Candle Lighting Times, and special celebrations planned for this Shabbat Morning. 

 

  

 

 

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Member to Member

From the desk of the Executive Director, Michele Campbell
Dues renewal letters were mailed to members over the past week.  Please be sure to open your letter and read Marty's update about Rodef Shalom's new initiatives.  Call Michele Campbell, Rodef's new Executive Director, with any questions about your dues - I am happy to speak with you.  And please return your dues renewal form to the office by July 31st.   Thank you so much for being part of the Rodef Shalom family! 

  

Mentors Sought for Introduction to Judaism Students   
Each year, Rabbi Gerson sponsors several adults who have enrolled in our community's Introduction to Judaism course; many of these individuals use the education in their pursuit of conversion to Judaism.  While the Rabbi offers continuous spiritual guidance, nearly every ITJ student seeks a lifeline to his/her community of peers.  If you might be interested in befriending someone from this group of inspired and enthusiastic learners, in order to help answer questions and offer some of your wisdom about living Jewishly, please contactRabbi Gerson

 

Rodef Shalom Fundraiser

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Join today, at no cost, to have Rodef Shalom receive $5 right away!

 

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to join in July for Rodef Shalom
to be eligible to win a $500 or $1,000 signing bonus.

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Shabbat Under The Stars

Friday, August 1, 7:00 PM, Meditation Garden

Our popular summer service, is returning to Rodef Shalom.  As in past years, an instrumental ensemble from Shir Rodef will accompany Cantor Saul, singers from Shir Rodef and the congregation for this lively, outdoor service on the patio of the Rodef Shalom Meditation Garden.

 
 

Healing the World, Up Close and Personal

healing the worldSaturday, August 2, 11:45 AM, Sanctuary & Social Hall

Featuring Sue Parker Gerson representing the ADL
(Anti-Defamation League)


 

Rodef Shalom Book Sale


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Sunday, August 3 - Sunday, August 10
Build your Jewish library and help Rodef Shalom at the same time!  Overstocked and duplicate books from our own congregational library will be on sale all week, excluding Shabbat, at the synagogue.  Feel free to browse and take all that you wish, while leaving a donation to the synagogue in exchange.  Our resident volunteer librarian, Sherrie Davidson, will appreciate that you have helped to pare down our collection and the synagogue thanks you for your donation.  Meanwhile, you get some great books!

Information:  303-399-0035


Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build Day


Summer build dates for the HIA (Habitat Interfaith Alliance) sponsored house are here! The dates are July 11, 2014 through October 24, 2014. Rodef Shalom’s designated Sunday build date is August 3, 8 AM - 4 PM and we have just added a weekday build date, Thursday, August 28, 8 AM - 4 PM.  We are co-sponsoring the Sunday build date with congregations Temple Micah and HEA and our Thursday build date with Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church.  Our interfaith coalition is building a three bedroom, 2 story townhome in Sable Ridge (Montbello) for a single mother who has four daughters. We hope you will participate on either or both build dates. For more information, please contact Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) or Janet Smith (303-755-4333). Also feel free to check out our website: www.hiadenver.org

 



Tisha B'Av 5774: Exploring our Meanigful Minhagim

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Monday, August 4, 7:00 PM and 
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 PM

Join Rabbi Gerson for two events in commemoration of the Ninth of Av, Judaism's saddest day, on August 4th and 5th. The Monday evening program will begin at 7:00 PM with a dairy dinner and a study of nine minhagim, or customs, that have developed among observant Jews since the Destruction of the Temple. The evening will then continue with the reading and chanting of the Scroll of Lamentations (Eicha) by Rodef members. Cost:  $10 per person. RSVP Closed


On Tuesday at 6:30 PM, we will don our tallit and tefillin for the Mincha prayers, and then learn about a tenth custom that affords us the possibility to conclude this fasting vigil and look forward to the New Year.

All events will take place at Rodef Shalom, and are open to the entire community.

Heavenly Lemonade

Saturday, August 16, 5:00 PM, Lobby
As summer winds down, Rabbi Gerson will conclude his three-part Shabbat afternoon discussion series with a presentation of a new Conservative movement position paper on Women and Ritual Obligation. It reflects a 30-year period of the normalization of egalitarian values within our branch of Jewish observance. Those who RSVP directly to the Rabbi will receive a copy of the document in advance. Summer refreshments will accompany our conversation, as always!

 

Young Adult Group Event
Family-Friendly Hike and Optional Beer Tour

young adultSunday, August 17, 8:30 AM
Join a caravan from Rodef Shalom beginning around 8:30 a.m. to the Boulder area to hike and explore a moderate trail in that area called the Meyers Homestead Trail.  It is listed as a moderate 5.2 mile hike that is family friendly.  Then, for those so inclined, we can take a 2 p.m.  tour of the nearby Avery Brewing Company, or just relax in the tap room following the hike (over 21 yrs.).  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

 
 
Jewish Communities Around The World
The Jews of India

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Sunday, August 24, 11:00 AM
Enjoy this fascinating and informative 3-part series at Rodef Shalom focusing on the Jews who live all across the globe!

The program will include light breakfast fare.

Today’s program: The Jews of India
Sandra Bornstein, the author of the award-winning memoir, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, will discuss how her peaceful and predictable Colorado life was forever changed after she relocated to Bangalore, India. Using photographs, video clips, and words, she will share a few highlights of her journey and what she learned about the Jews of India.

Upcoming dates: September 14th & October 26th 

RSVPs strongly encouraged so that we may plan accordingly.  $5/person – Open to the community!  Drop-ins welcome!

Information:  303-399-0035 

 

Baseball: A Musical Score

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Tuesday, August 26, 9:30 AM

Are you a fan of America’s favorite pastime, baseball?  Are you a fan of history or music?  Do you just like to learn or have fun?  Come to Rodef Shalom for a morning of baseball trivia, music, history and costumes.  A presentation by Rabbi Steven Rubenstein and others will highlight the program coordinated by Kavod On The Road and Rodef Shalom.  Light baseball snacks will be provided!  Suggested donations of $5.00 pp accepted.  RSVPs strongly encouraged so that we may plan accordingly, either online or at 303-399-0035.  

 

 

 

Good & Welfare

Condolences to ... 

Les (Sherrie) Davidson on the passing of his stepmother, Katherine Davidson

 
 

Get Involved

Bingo 
Help Rodef Shalom get it's game on. We need 6-8 volunteers for our two weekly Sunday Bingo sessions. Contact Greg Pierce.

 

Annual Picnic in the Park 
Volunteers needed to help at our Annual Picnic, Sunday, September 7. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help!  

 

Gift Shop 

Please take time to visit our Gift Shop. Barbara Raizen and Barbara Robbins devote much time and care to bring you unique gifts for all your gift giving needs. Proceeds go to the shul.

 

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.
 
 

Community Events

Chihuly @ Denver Botanical Gardens

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Sunday, July 27, 10:00 AM

 

Denver Botanic Gardens presents the Rocky Mountain Region's first major outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly's sculptures - ranging in size and form - add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens' 24-acre urban oasis.

  

Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens.

 

Cost: $12.50 (non-members)

  

RSVP: to Ellen Schaeffer, 303-862-9536,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

- a Jewish & Widowed event-

  

 

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HIA (Habitat Interfaith Alliance) Happenings

 

Summer build dates for the HIA (Habitat Interfaith Alliance) sponsored house are here! The dates are July 11, 2014 through October 24, 2014. Rodef Shalom’s designated Sunday build date is August 3, 8 AM - 4 PM and we have just added a weekday build date, Thursday, August 28, 8 AM - 4 PM.  We are co-sponsoring the Sunday build date with congregations Temple Micah and HEA and our Thursday build date with Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church.  Our interfaith coalition is building a three bedroom, 2 story townhome in Sable Ridge (Montbello) for a single mother who has four daughters. We hope you will participate on either or both build dates. For more information, please contact Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) or Janet Smith (303-755-4333). Also feel free to check out our website:  www.hiadenver.org

 

  

 

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Adult Education Summer Series 

Six sessions, Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, CAJE Offices

 

"American Society through Jewish Lenses" topics and dates are as follow:

7/23 - Confronting Scandals with Yael Weinstein

7/30 - Gun Control with Rabbi Gruenwald

8/6 - Immigration Reform with Sue Parker Gerson

8/13 - Fracking with Rabbi Immerman

8/20 - LGBTQ Rights with Rabbi Lutman

8/27 - Women's Health Rights with Rabbi Gelfarb

Each session is $18; $99 for the full series

 

Walk-ins welcome or register at www.caje-co.org

 

Contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

 

 

 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! 

   

    

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 - www.chavura.com .

This Sunday, we speak with Yedidya Harush - a pioneer who is building villages in Israel's Negev region with the Jewish National Fund - about the new communities of Naveh, Bnei Netzarim, and Shlomit. We then speak with Rabbis Yael Rooks-Rapport and Sam Kaye, who are serving as rabbinic interns at Temple Emanuel this summer.

 

 

 

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