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Yom Shabbat, 22 Nisan 5776

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Pesach - Days 7-8 April 29-30, 2016 - 21-22 Nisan 5776 
Light Candles/Thursday: 7:33 PM 
Light Candles/Friday: 7:34 PM 
Shabbat-Yom Tov Ends / Saturday: 8:35 PM 
Once more, we do not read the weekly Parsha this Shabbat, in deference to Yom Tov; instead, we turn to readings that are connected thematically with the holiday ... 
Friday / Yom Tov Day 7: Exodus 13:17 - 15:26; Numbers 28:19-25
Haftarah: Second Samuel 22 
Saturday / Yom Tov Day 8:Deuteronomy 15:19 - 16:17; Numbers 28:19-25
Haftarah: Isaiah 10:32 - 12:6
9:00 am 
Shul-Bucks Shabbat Coffee House 
9:30 am 
Shabbat & Day 18 Passover Services/Yizkor, Sanctuary 
9:30 am 
Babysitting, 1st Preschool Classroom 
10:00 am 
Program for 2nd - 5th Graders, 2nd Preschool Classroom 
11:15 am 
Mini-Minyan, 3rd Preschool Classroom 
11:15 am 
Tot Shabbat, Library
Mazel Tov to ... 
Steve & Rosie Obrand on the birth of their granddaughter, Abby Lea Obrand (daughter of David & Ilana).
Mark & Sue Schor (grandparents), Sy & Pearl Schor (great grandparents), Brandi & Jeff Ginsburg (aunt & uncle), and Joey Schor (uncle) ... on the birth of Lucas David Schor (son of David Schor & Heather Blackman).
Condolences to ... 
Karen Loeb on the passing of her sister Alyse Cohen Paris Marvin & Marlene Feldman, Bill Feldman, Shawn Feldman, and Juli Richardson on the passing of their cousin Jory Prume.
Refuah Shlaymah to ... 
Fred Engel, Shira Merenstein

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.

Plaques and Leaves
Memorialize a loved one and support Congregation Rodef Shalom. 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.

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.

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.

Enews: April 28 - May 4
Passover Service Schedule:
Friday, April 29, 9:30 AM
Passover Day 7 Services (w/Nosh & Drash)
Shabbat, April 30, 9:30 AM
Passover Day 8 Services (incl. Yizkor)
Rodef Shalom Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 1, 3:00 - 4:30 PM, Rodef Shalom
Find out from your Committee Chairs, Board members and other Rodef members about our accomplishments this year and exciting new programs and initiatives for next year. Vote on the Board slate and the budget. Babysitting will be available.
Minyan on the Move
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 PM, at the home of Leslie Tjarks
Minyan on the Move is a traveling weekly minyan, bringing the experience of Mincha or Ma'ariv to the community. Every Tuesday evening, the location varies between members' homes. You can call the synagogue office to learn the location. Call the office for more information or to be placed on a mailing list. If you would like to host an evening, please contact the office at 303-399-0035 or Kay Shaw.
Shabbat Beginnings: Welcoming Shabbat with Spirit and Song
Friday, May 6, 6:30 PM, Rodef Shalom 
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 a Rodef member. Transliteration pamphlets will be available for full inclusion. Free and open to the community.
Rabbi's Tish & End of Shabbat Shmooze
Saturday, May 14, 12:30 PM, Lobby
Join with Rabbi Gerson for this joint program! Free and open to all - no RSVPs necessary!
A Day for Golda: Movie, Lunch + Tour
Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 AM, Rodef Shalom
Don't miss this fascinating day for all things Golda! We will watch "A Woman Called Golda" with movie snacks, enjoy a delicious boxed lunch from Yaffa's Savory and travel to the historic Golda Meir House located in downtown Denver for a VIP tour. Cost: $20.00 per person with advance reservation, please. RSVP/Questions: Sara 720.382.7842 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Founder's Shabbat 
Friday, May 20 - Saturday May 21, Rodef Shalom
Please join us for the next in our tribute events in this year-long series of 60th Anniversary programming! Enjoy Shabbat with Rabbi Reuven Hammer, who served Rodef Shalom as spiritual leader from 1961-1964, as well as recognize all of the first-generation members who are still a part of the congregation. Rabbi Hammer lives in Jerusalem, and will be in the U.S. for a convention during the third week of May, which affords us the ability to receive him. He was the only one of the past rabbis who did not attend our 50th Jubilee Gala ten years ago, so in many ways we are closing the circle of connectivity with our heritage. 

He will speak on Friday evening, that will include a "Happy Hour", Lecture and Book Signing. Shabbat Beginnings service will follow at 7:30 pm. On Saturday morning, we will have dual service opportunities beginning at 9:30 am - Shabbat With a Backbeat in the Social Hall with an Auxillary Service in the School Building. At 10:30 am, we will all come together in the Sanctuary for the balance of services and a second lecture by Rabbi Hammer, followed by Kiddush. All are welcome to join us for these free events.

Shabbat With a Backbeat
Saturday, May 21, During Services
You are invited to join the Shir Rodef Ensemble for a spiritually uplifting, and participatory musical prayer experience at Shabbat With a Backbeat. This Shabbat morning service will encompass our traditional prayers highlighted with the spiritually moving enhancement of music. Appropriate for all ages. All are welcome to participate. And, now you can listen and learn melodies on our website!
Rabbi's Talmud Class re-booting!
Rabbi Gerson will start a new Talmud Class for Adults, which will meet on Sundays starting in May. The focus will be Tractate Shabbat. Please email or call the Rabbi if you wish to learn more, or to sign up for the class.

The Chesed team needs YOU!
Please volunteer to help fellow members in times of need (such as illness, a death in the family, a new baby), by providing meals, visiting, offering rides, running errands, and helping in other ways. When you sign up, you can specify which kinds of help you are able to provide. We will contact you only when that kind of need arises, and then you can help out as your schedule allows. It's so easy to be part of the Chesed team, and you can make such a difference. Join us by clicking  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " linktype="2" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 149, 148);">HERE. THANK YOU!

Rodef Shalom needs Greeters for Shabbat Services!
Want to meet more Rodef members? Come join the Greeter team! Greeters work Saturday mornings once every 2 months from 9:00 AM until about 11:00 AM. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack at Shul Bucks and help Rodef be a warm and welcoming community. All are welcome to participate and schedules can be changed when necessary. For more information, contact Ellie Woodward:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or text (720) 210-8920.

Colorado Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence Rapid Response Network
Are you concerned about gun violence in our community and nation? We would like to grow the number of Rodef Shalom members who participate in the Colorado Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence Rapid Response Network.  Network members make themselves available to contact State Legislators or other governmental officials when bills regarding guns come before legislative committees.  If you're interested in learning more about this important and not-very-time-consuming effort, contact Ev Hutt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  
Support Fund for the Gruenwald Family
As many of you know, Koby Gruenwald, son of HEA Associate Rabbi Salomon & Melanie Gruenwald, has been hospitalized and is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Rodef Shalom members are encouraged to join the rest of the community in prayers for Koby (Yaakov Rani ben Margalit) and to contribute to the special fund that has been set up by our sister congregation to help the family handle their medical expenses, which Rabbi Gerson will facilitate through his Rabbi's Discretionary Fund. If you are so inclined, please send a contribution made out to Congregation Rodef Shalom, with "Gruenwald Fund" in the memo line to the Rodef Shalom office.
In the Community... 
Click HERE for details of these events and happenings in the Jewish community outside of Rodef Shalom.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado presents
Understanding DNA Testing and the DNA of the Jewish People with FTDNA CEO Bennett Greenspan.
May 1, 10:00 - 3:00 PM, 
Denver JCC, Social Hall, 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver
Click HERE for more details.
Save the Date: Denver Jewish Student Connection presents The Jewish Hero Project
Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 PM
ADL 2016 Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program
Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 PM, Temple Emanuel
The program includes a candle-lighting ceremony and has traditionally featured a special 'Message to Colorado' from the Governor along with a keynote program. Click HERE for details.
Love Thy Nature Film Screening
Monday, May 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Sie Film Center
2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.
Click HERE for more details.
Colorado Hebrew Chorale Upcoming Concerts
May 5 - Annual Yom Hashoah Program
Colorado Hebrew Chorale At The Hebrew Educational Alliance
May 18 - Shalom Aleichem In Story And Song
Colorado Hebrew Chorale At The Sam Gary Branch Of Denver Public Library
May 22 & 26 - Kol Nashim Presents Woman To Woman 2016 At Congregation Beth Evergreen And Temple Sinai
June 3 - A Musical Sampler
Kol Nashim In Colorado Springs At The Julian Chapel At The Broadmoor Hotel
Click HERE for more information. 
Any Teen Students Without Summer Plans?
We are putting together our group of teens for this summer's program and are getting excited to go on another journey through Israel on Nesiya Summer 2016. Click HERE.

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Yom Shabbat, 22 Nisan 5776


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