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Yom Shlishi, 7 Elul 5774

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August 28 - September 3, 2014

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Gerson's Gleanings

Introducing Gerson's Gleanings ... A weekly blog of a quick perspective of the weekly Torah Portion.


Gerson's Gleanings can be found in the Quick Links section of the weekly eNews, and About Us/Spiritual Leaders.




Shabbat Sneak Peak

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





 Every Shabbat Morning
11:15 AM, Library
Ages birth- 4 years 

Babysitting resumes this week after a short summer hiatus. Hava will be returning. 
Babysitting is from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon each week.



Saturday, August 31, 11:45 AM, Sanctuary & Social Hall

featuring Luanne Hill representing The Women's Bean Project



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Annual Picnic

Sunday, September 7, Cook Park, 3:00 PM
Get your game on at our Annual Picnic in the Park!  Come enjoy the last bit of summer at Cook Park where we will once again have fun games, food and face painting!  Everyone is invited – friends, family, prospective members (who are free)!

RSVP by August 29 online (Members, Non-Members) or by calling the office to save your place now. 
Cost: $10/adult; $5/youth (ages 5-13 yrs.); 4 yrs. & under Free; Prospective members (with contact info.) Free! 

Yizkor Book

Order Deadline, Friday, September 5
Members minimum cost: $36; L'Chaim Members Included
Click here details and order form.


Etrog & Lulav

Due Date, Monday, September 8
Click here for information and order form.

2014 / 5775 High Holiday Schedule

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 24

6:00 PM

First Day Rosh Hashanah*

Thursday, September 25

8:30 AM

Family Service/Tashlikh/Mincha
     at Garland Park

 Thursday, September 25 

 5:00 PM

Second Day Rosh Hashanah* 

 Friday, September 26

 9:00 AM


Yom Kippur  

Kol Nidre*   

 Friday, October 3

6:30 PM

Yom Kippur Morning*

 Saturday, October 4

8:30 AM


Saturday, October 4

10:30 AM


Saturday, October 4

5:15 PM


Saturday, October 4

6:15 PM


* Babysitting and Kehilat Rodef Religious School. 
Click here for information and reservation forms.


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Shabbat Beginnings:
Welcoming Shabbat with Spirit and Song
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Friday, September 5, 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 members at 6:40 p.m. Transliteration pamphlets will be available for full inclusion.

Upcoming dates include:  November 21 and December 12

Free and open to the community.

Information:  303-399-0035

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Kabbalat Shabbat @ Home

Friday, September 12, 6:30 PM
Home of Harvey & Fran Cohen
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.  Contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Rodef Shalom will be celebrating Tashlikh on the first day of Rosh Hashana, 

September 25, 5:00 PM, Garland Park.  Please join us!


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Rodef Shalom Sisterhood

The Rodef Sisterhood board has put together a wonderful and varied calendar of activities for the year and all women are encouraged to join, get involved in making new friends, strengthen current friendships and enjoy a sense of community.   Questions?  Contact Judy Aster (303) 907-0872.  Send in your $25 membership fee (payable to "Rodef Sisterhood") today and get in on the fun.

Sisterhood Shabbat Dinners: Sisterhood is planning Shabbat dinners in member's homes on Friday, October 24th.   There's no better way to get to know some of your fellow Sisterhood members than by sharing a Shabbat meal in a member's home.  Enjoy wonderful conversation and spiritual enrichment by participating in this event for Sisterhood members.  Contact Judy Aster to sign up: (303) 907-0872.  


Get Involved


Bone Marrow Drive 

A bone marrow drive is being held at Rodef Shalom Preschool on Wednesday, September 10 during Preschool Back to School Night. As many of you know there is a young boy in our community Daniel Hailpern, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. We need 3-5 volunteers during the drive.  It is a very easy and non evasive process (cheek swab).  We want to invite and involve as many people from the school and synagogue as possible for this very worthwhile cause.


It would require a brief training session and a two-hour commitment that evening.  Please email me directly if you have any questions and/or if you are available that evening to help out. We would probably need people here around 6:00 PM. Once I know we have volunteers I can then speak to the coordinator and get more details. Thank you so much. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Preschool Director

Annual Picnic in the Park

Volunteers needed to help at our Annual Picnic, Sunday, September 7. Click here to help!  


Rosh Hashanah Bags
Volunteers needed to assemble bags and drivers to deliver. Click here to volunteer


Shabbat Tables

We are actively seeking hosts for our very successful program, Shabbat Tables.  Our first Shabbat Dinner will take place on Friday evening, November 7th. As a host, other members will be paired to join you and others to begin Shabbat in a fun and meaningful way.  Please contact Fran Cohen.


Help Rodef Shalom get it's game on. We need 6-8 volunteers for our two weekly Sunday Bingo sessions. Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to sign up, click here.


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.
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. 


Member to Member

College Mailing Addresses Sought ... 

Rabbi Gerson enjoys the opportunity to send, from time to time, care packages to our college students living away from home. Please send him an email with "snail mail" address information for your child/children who are in college or graduate school.


We have a winner!!!  Dan Hyman was the 180th "Like" on the Rodef Shalom Facebook Page.  With that distinction, he will receive a $100.00 gift card of his choice, as well as an honor on the High Holy Days. Mazel Tov, Dan!


As we continue to share our support and love for Israel during this challenging time, we have decided to form an Israel Concerns Committee, which will be convened to discuss and propose ways in which to include Israel in our Services and Programs. If you are interested in participating, please contact Marty Zimmerman.

Good and Welfare

Todah Rabbah to ...

Sandra Bornstein for her presentation on the Jews of India on Sunday.

Rabbi Steven Rubenstein on his presentation "Baseball:  A Musical Score" on Tuesday.

Community Events 




Adult Ed courses start BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS this year and include offerings such as “Secrets of the Soul” and “Beyond Borders,” a history of the Arab Israeli conflict. Make sure to register by visiting or contact Sarah Levy for additional information at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 




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Better Business Bureau: Promoting Trust
August 28, 5:45 PM, Kavod Senior Life (formerly Allied Jewish Apartments)

"Better Business Bureau: Promoting Trust" invites the audience to learn about the many functions of the BBB of Denver/Boulder, and how it advances trust in the marketplace. Information about BBB outreach, dispute resolution, new developments in public information, accreditation, programs of the BBB Foundation and more will be shared. This is an excellent chance to engage with this unique not-for-profit organization that has served communities throughout the nation for more than 100 years.

Speaker: Megan Herrera, Communications Director

Cost:  Members            $15.00  (pre-registration required)
Nonmembers:    $20.00  (pre-registration required)
At the door:       $25.00

Heavy appetizers and refreshments

Click here for more informtion. 



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September Dining Event at Brio Tuscan Grill in Cherry Creek

Sunday, September 7, 6:00 PM

RSVP: to Sherry Goodman or (303) 972-0858 



The Denver Jewish Bowling League  sponsored by B'nai B'rith 

All Jewish Men & Women are invited to join The Denver Jewish Bowling League starting its 68th consecutive year of bowling.

First night,  6 P.M. Thursday September 4, 2014.

The league bowls every Thursday evening @ 6:30 P.M. at AMF Monaco Lanes ( Leetsdale & Monaco)

All JEWISH Men & Women are invited to join. No experience is necessary. 4 person teams. Individuals will be placed with a Team.

This is a handicapped league which allows for inexperienced bowlers to compete with the higher bowlers. The League is affiliated with the US Bowling Congress & the B'nai B'rith International Bowling

League which offer Trophy's & Prizes.

The Denver Jewish Bowling League observes all Jewish Holidays falling on Thursdays as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. The League will bowl for 26-28 weeks thru the end of April. 

For more information please contact Connie Suson (303) 741-0070 or  League President, Ed Koplin @ (720) 480-9079 or League Secretary Shel Speigleman  (720) 291-5500.



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ITJ Come Study with us!  Our next Intro to Judaism class begins September 4 at Temple Sinai. ITJ Is a 28 week series designed for busy adults who are interested in learning more about Judaism.  Whether you were born Jewish and just want a refresher course, or are thinking about converting, the course is perfect for you!  The classes are taught by the rabbis of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. Scholarships are available. To find out more call Betsy Epel 720 941 2655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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SEPT 25: Essay Contest Deadline
As part of the Museum’s focus on The Power of Place, we are inviting high school and college students to explore how their sense of place influences their work (as a journalist, historian, etc). We want students to examine the ways in which their worldviews are situated in place—however they interpret that. Ten winners will get to meet New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman at his lecture on Sunday, October 26th at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Submit your essay at

SEPT 28: Babi Yar Memorial (11 am - noon)
The annual Babi Yar Memorial at Babi Yar Park in southeast Denver honors the thousands of Ukrainians, Jews, Roma and others killed at the Babi Yar Ravine in Kiev, Ukraine during the Holocaust. This year’s program will focus on Yiddish literature and culture in Eastern Europe, led by keynote speaker David Shneer, Director of Jewish Studies at CU Boulder. The program will include a short Klezmer concert. Presented by the Mizel Museum and Jewish Family Service. Free and open to the public. After the memorial, visit the Mizel Museum at no cost, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live.  

Mizel Museum Hosts Thomas Friedman: Tickets On Sale Now
As part of its new focus on The Power of Place, the Mizel Museum will present Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who will speak about the importance of place in a global context. Sunday, October 26, 2014 (7 pm), at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. General Admission tickets are $60/person. Also available: have dinner with Thomas Friedman. Information at





 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 -

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