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Yom Shlishi, 28 Elul 5774

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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 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon each week.




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"Jewish Luck" Program

Thursday, September 18, 11:00 AM, Library
Click here for more information.  


Selichot Program & Service

Saturday, September 20, 8:00 PM, B'nai Havurah

Join us for an evening designed to launch us into the introspection necessary for the personal transformation and atonement we hope to take place during the High Holy Days.  


A light Seudah Shlishit of tea, fruit, and nuts will be provided at 7:30pm for those wishing to arrive a before the formal start of the program.


8:00 PM Havdallah:
Bidding sweet goodbye to Shabbat and welcoming the new week.

8:15 PM Text Study:
Biblical Models of Seeking & Granting Forgiveness - Does God follow Jewish Law?  What about our Patriarchs &  Matriarchs?  What about King David?

9:15 PM Selichot Service:
Jointly led by Rabbi Evette, Rabbi Gerson, Hal Aqua & Cantor Saul Rosenthal. 


Co-sponsored by Rodef Shalom and supported by Temple Micah.


Free and open to the community.


Information:  303-388-4441 ext. 13

Rodef Shalom Office High Holiday Schedule

Wednesday, September 24

Closing at noon

Thursday and Friday, September 25 & 26


Wednesday, October 8

Closing at noon

Thursday and Friday, October 9 & 10


Thursday and Friday, October 16 & 17


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

Special Tot High Holy Day Program

Thursday, September 25

11:00 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

Special Tot High Holy Day Program

 Saturday, October 4

11:00 AM


Saturday, October 4

10:30 AM


Saturday, October 4

5:15 PM


Saturday, October 4

6:15 PM

 For more information on special programming, click here.

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


Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret 

First Day Sukkot

Thursday, October 9

9:30 AM

Second Day Sukkot

Friday, October 10

9:30 AM

Shemini Atzeret

Thursday, October 16

9:30 AM

Simchat Torah

Friday, October 17

4:30 PM


2nd Day Rosh Hashanah

Friday September 26
We shall begin with Shacharit and Torah Reading from 9:00-10:45 AM in the Sanctuary.

This year, for the first time, we are offering two "break-out" options from 10:45-11:30 AM...

"Prophetic Inspiration & Healing Service with instrumental accompaniment", led by Rabbi Gerson & Cantor Saul Rosenthal in the Sanctuary or "The Big Bang That Comes Every Year", an interactive study for adults and teens led by Dr. Sarah Levy in the Library.

The Sanctuary Service will then resume with the Shofar and Musaf Service at 11:30 AM.


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Rabbi's Tisch

September 27, 12:00 PM, Social Hall
Enjoy socializing and learning with Rabbi Gerson following Shabbat morning services.  This is a fun and relaxed setting in which you can pose questions you have always wondered about!

Free and open to all.





Please note that Rodef Shalom will be celebrating Tashlich on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, 
September 25, 5:00 PM, Lollipop Lake at Garland Park.   

Please join us!


Food Drive

Food Pantry

Friday, October 3, 6:30 PM, Lobby
Rodef Shalom is collecting food from the Weinberg Food Pantry's Top 10 List for our annual food drive. Please add as many of these items to your shopping list as you can to ensure that those struggling in our community can have a sweet New Year. When you attend Kol Nidre services, please drop off food in the lobby.

1. Protein (canned tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)
2. Canned Vegetables
3. Canned Fruit
4. Oatmeal/Cereal
5. Canned Soup
6. Juice
7. Tomato/Pasta Sauce
8. Carbohydrates (pasta, mac & cheese, instant potatoes, etc)
9. Diapers (sizes 4,5, & 6)
10. Gift Certificates (to King Soopers, Safeway, and Albertsons, for clients to purchase medications & food for special diets). 

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End of Shabbat Shmooze

Saturday, October 11, 5:45 PM,
Sukkah of Rabbi & Sue Gerson
Say goodbye to Shabbat surrounded by the beauty and spirituality of a sukkah.  Everyone is invited to the Gerson Sukkah for a bit of learning, a bit of friendship and maybe a nosh!  RSVPs welcomed either online or by calling the office. 

Information:  303-399-0035 


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Rodef Shalom Sisterhood

Membership Drive
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.

October 5th in the Social Hall, 2:00-4:00 p.m.:  Tea & Tinctures.  Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of tea tasting with your friends and other Sisterhood members; participants will go home with lovely samples to enjoy.  $18 for Sisterhood members; $25 to non-members; $43 to join Sisterhood and participate in this fun event.  Contact Judy Aster to sign up: (303) 907-0872. 

October 24th: 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 by October 19th to sign up: (303) 907-0872.



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Rodef Shalom Book Club 

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 PM, Home of Marilyn and Paul Bogan
A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn. No charge. Please RSVP to office to indicate interest.




Get Involved


Rodef Shalom Sukkah
Fulfill the mitzvah of constructing a sukkah by helping JR, October 5, 10:00 AM in the Meditation Garden!  No prior experience needed!  Just show up (tools optional) and lend a hand.  The more the merrier!


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 only contact you 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 here and/or by turning down the Chesed tab on your Rosh Hashanah volunteer card.


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.


Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players Looking For A Passle Of Pretenders

Have you always wanted to perform on stage or off? Have you always thought of yourself as the next-to-last comic standing?  Can you sing in the shower?  Are you capable of playing the radio?  This is your big break! In preparation for Purim 5775, the Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players are expanding their ranks and would like YOU to play a role in the next Community Purim Shpiel.  


Any and all talents, ages, and abilities are welcome, although the ability to play well with others is preferred.   Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 7th, 2014, at 4:00 pm at Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 S. Kearney St, Denver.  Rodef Shalom has graciously offered to host the Purim Shpiel once again.  


Rehearsals begin on January 11, 2015 and will be held weekly on Sunday afternoons.  The curtain rises at 4:00 pm on March 1st at Congregation Rodef Shalom.  There is no charge to attend!


For more information, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 303-961-4998 or Michael Raizen, 303-548-4061


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

Frequent Flyer Miles Needed 
We are looking for an in-kind contribution of frequent flyer miles for a round-trip ticket from New York to Denver for our music scholar-in-residence, Merri Arian.  If you have some miles you can spare please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-748-4815.

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.

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Our congregation's music ensemble, soon will resume rehearsals for our musically accompanied services and special events in 5775.  If you are interested in joining the vocal section of the ensemble, please be in touch with Cantor Saul this month at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-748-4815.  We are especially in need of tenors and sopranos.

Good & Welfare

Mazel Tov / Congratulations to ...

Donna Jewett on the marriage of her daughter Stephanie to Salvadore Ibarra

Ricky Green on the marriage of her granddaughter Stephanie to Salvadore Ibarra


Refuah Shlaymah to ...

Joann Radetsky

Max Weissmann


Condolences to ...

Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav on the death of his father, George

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. . 


Talking Israel
Presented by Neil Lazarus, October 24, 8:30 AM, Temple Emanuel
Israel Advocacy Seminar for Jewish Professionals. FREE with suggested donation of $18. Bagel breakfast included. RSVP required to Susan Chayet by Oct. 20th to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 303-951-0272.




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SEPT 21: Bless This House: Fused Glass Mezuzah Workshop, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Mizel Museum
Part of the Museum’s New Potchke and Pastries Series. Join glass artist Michael Thornton in exploring the colorful, fun medium of fused glass! Learn about and create your own mezuzah, a decorative case to adorn and sanctify your doorway. Suncatchers also available. $60, beautiful materials and pastries included. Co-sponsored with Intro to Judaism.

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



The Colorado Hebrew Chorale 


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October 13, 7:30 PM, Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance


The Colorado Hebrew Chorale and The Longmont Chorale join together for a collaborative evening of song October 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver.  The concert embraces the touchstones of choral traditions, offering sacred, classical, and secular music resonating with Jewish people.  Order tickets here.


These concerts are part of the 13th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a global network of concerts being performed throughout the month of October.



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If you are interested in potentially converting to Judaism or you just want to brush up on Judaism- this is the perfect series for you!  You will have the opportunity to learn with Rabbis from the Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Movements! We will cover the history of the Jewish people, the holidays, Zionism & the State of Israel, and Lifecycle events- to name just a few classes.  The series will help you to discover the meaning and teachings of Judaism in a fun and interactive way. Our attendance policy is very flexible for busy adults and scholarships are available!  Please call Betsy Epel 720 941 2655 or email her at  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 -

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