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Yom Shabbat, 9 AdarI 5775

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February 28, 2015 - 9 Adar 5775 Light Candles: 5:32pm Shabbat Ends: 6:33pm
Torah / Annual Cycle: Exodus 27:20 - 30:10 
Torah / Triennial Year 2: Exodus 28:31 - 29:18 
Special Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-10
Haftarah: First Samuel 15:2-34
Thursday, February 26:
Tanakh & Tabloids, 11:00 am, Library
Weekly Yoga Class, 6:00 pm, Lobby
Sunday, March 1:
Purim Extravaganza! 2:00 pm
Refuah Shlaymah to ...
Richard Radetsky
Michele Stark-Hailpern

Condolences to ...
Laura Grushcow on the death of her brother, Alan
Mona Shapiro on the death of her mother, Marjorie Kleinman

Rodef Shalom Purim Extravaganza!
Purim Carnival   
Sunday, March 1, 2- 3:45 PM, Rodef Shalom

Games! Face Painting! Prizes! Carnival food!

Costumes strongly encouraged! 
Fun for kids of all ages!  Open to the community.
Food is available for purchase. Games tickets will also be available for purchase (10 tickets for $5.00). For advance tickets, call 303-399-0035. 

"Bid high and bid often!" 

The final hours of bidding for our Online Auction will take place during our Purim festivities. 

 Yummy Hamantashen will be available for purchase on March 1st.  $18.00 / dozen or $10 / ½ dozen.  Pre orders only accepted with orders of 3 dozen or more (303-399-0035).

Stay for the Community-wide 

 Purim Shpiel,  "A Disney Purim" beginning at 4:00 pm  in the Sanctuary! All ages show!  Anyone wanting to volunteer to assist with stage sets or help on the day of the event should contact Michael Raizen( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Leah Peer ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
Don't forget the Full Megillah Reading with Rabbi Gerson on Wednesday evening, March 4 at 7:30 pm!  Also, Kehilat Rodef students and families will be celebrating Purim on Thursday, March 5 at 4:30 pm.
moreRodef Shalom Online Auction
Rodef Shalom is having our Annual Online Auction with lots of great items to bid on. You can check out the auction site HERE and bid on the items you can't live without! 
Bidding is now OPEN and will end on Sunday, March 1, one hour after a final "silent" auction at Rodef Shalom through the Purim Shpiel. Please share the auction with your friends and family through Facebook and social media.
Passover Candy Sale - Extended!
Kehilat Rodef Religious School is selling Passover candy as a fund raising project. For those who do not eat candy there is also a catalog of gift items. All profits will go to the Edith Prostkoff Scholarship fund for Kehilat Rodef. Catalogs are available on the Rodef website and in the main office. Orders must be turned in by March 6. Items usually arrive about 2 weeks before Passover. Preschool families can place their orders in the preschool office. All monies raised from those orders will given directly to the pre-school.
Life Line Screening ~ 
Health Screening Event

Tuesday, March 10, 9: 00 AM, Rodef Shalom Social Hall
Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or click here.
Shabbat Beginnings:
Welcoming Shabbat with Spirit and Song
Friday, March 13, 6:15 PM, Rodef Shalom 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. Transliteration pamphlets will be available for full inclusion. Free and open to the community. Information: 303-399-0035.
Shabbat with a Backbeat
returns on March 14
Join Cantor Saul and Shir Rodef for this lively celebration of Shabbat morning prayer in the sanctuary. Enjoy melodies and ruach (spirit) similar to what we shared during Shabbat Shira weekend in the comfort and warmth of our sanctuary. A parallel service without musical accompaniment will be available and attendees at the two services will join together as one community for the sermon, Torah reading and Haftorah.
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.
Women's Expressions of the Soul: 2nd Annual Women's Community-Wide Rosh Hodesh Program
Sunday, March 15, 2:30 PM-6:30 PM, Rodef Shalom & Mizel Museum Building
There will be 7 great presenters to choose from. Register here, or mail your check for $25 made out to Mizel Museum, memo line: Expressions of the Soul) to Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver 80224. Registration closes on March 6. Questions about registration? Call Georgina at 303-749-5014.
Women and Purim
Tuesday, March 17, 1:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
In cooperation with Kavod On The Road and CAJE, the first in a series of city-wide programs called, "From our Door to your Dor" will feature a different education monthly, each addressing a timely issue that may be of interest to the senior community.  Each session will run about 60 minutes and include text-based learning around the topic. This month will feature "Women and Redemption" in anticipation of Pesach presented by Tammy Dollin.

Free and open to the community, howeverreservations are encouraged so that we may plan properly. Donations for refreshments accepted.

Information:  303-399-0035.


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
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 here for 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!
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.
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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

Thursday, February 26, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Sheraton Denver Downtown
Click HERE for more information.
Please consider designating a pledge to Rodef Shalom at the event. 
It would be most appreciated and will go a long way!
The Hero of Heroes
Sunday, March 1, 7:00 pm, JCC Social Hall
With his broad shoulders and mighty bat, Hall of Famer, Hank Greenberg, transformed the way the world viewed Jews and the way Jews saw themselves. During a time of intense persecution abroad and at home, the 6'4" Greenberg stood tall as a beacon of hope and, ultimately, became a hero to all Americans. Joe Rosengren is an award-winning author. Please join us for this community-sponsored event. Adults $10, children $5. For tickets contact B'nai B'rith office: 303 393-7358, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Hank Greenberg Flyer
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Calling All Habitat Builders!

Our 2015 Home Build start date is Thursday, March 12th at 939 Mariposa.  All of March is "open build" so you can sign up on the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver  Click on Volunteer then Construction. Choose either First Time Volunteer or Returning Volunteer Sign Up, and select the location.  We're working on a 3 bedroom unit, but everyone works on the entire 5-plex building together. It's a great location, a short walk from the light rail stop at 10th & Osage.  Note: there is very little parking so public transport is best. Tentatively, we have two Sunday build dates of April 26 and June 28 for Rodef Shalom and another synagogue. More details to follow. Call Leslie Tjarks 303-220-0189 or Janet Smith 303-755-4333 with questions.

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
Sound of the Rockies
- 125 Member A cappella Choir -
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:30 pm, Cost: $26.50, Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center
2344 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80208
Sound of the Rockies presents: 'That's Entertainment,' our annual Spring concerts, featuring The Crush quartet. Filled with a cappella music from a wide variety of genres, this concert is sure to sell out, so RSVP ASAP to hold your seat! RSVP by February 25th to Ellen Schaeffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (303) 862-9536.
For more information and to RSVP: 
1) 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.
March Dining Event
Sunday, March 15, 11:30 am, Seasons 52
8325 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree
Directions: I-25; Exit at County Line; Pull into the Park Meadows Mall area; the restaurant is not inside the mall but is across the parking lot up against the County Line Road side. The reservation is under "Goodman." Check out the menu by clickinghere. RSVP by March 13th to Sherry Goodman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 303.972.0858. Please note we will have a separate room and are limited to 25 people so be sure to RSVP ASAP.
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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