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Yom Shlishi, 24 Tammuz 5774

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July 17 - July 23, 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. 


No babysitting or Shabbat Discovery this Shabbat due to the holiday weekend.



Rodef Shalom Fundraiser



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


Join in July for Rodef Shalom to be eligible to win
a $500 or $1,000 signing bonus.

 Click here for information and begin giving


Shabbat Under The Stars

Friday, July 11, 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.



Heavenly Lemonade

Saturday, June 28, 5:00 PM, Lobby

Enjoy this 3 - part series of learning and lemonade with Rabbi Gerson.


Other dates include: July 19 & August 16


Details to follow. Information:  303-399-0035


Rodef Shalom Book Club

winter horses

Thursday, July 24, 7:30 PM, Home of

Les & Sherri Davidson

We will discuss Philip Kerr's book, The Winter Horses.


There is no charge. Open to all.






Rodef Shalom Young Adult Chihuly Exhibit


Thursday, July 24, 6:30 PM, The Denver Botanic Gardens
You're invited to join the Rodef Shalom Young Adult Group to enjoy…

The Chihuly Exhibit at The Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens is in full bloom and is now displaying Dale Chihuly sculptures.  Chihuly is famous for intricate glass blown sculptures that can be found throughout the 24 acres of the garden. Join the Rodef Shalom Young Adult Group to explore these beautiful grounds and works of art together! 

Cost: $15 per adult, unless we have a group of 10 or more than $13 per person. 

Tisha B'Av 5774: Exploring our Meanigful Minhagim

tisha bav

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 or call office at 303-399-0035 by Monday, July 28, 12 Noon. 

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.

Kehilat Rodef Religious School



Good & Welfare

Refuah Shaymah to ... 

Paulette Dragul

Ileene Green

Hindy Lewin

Hal Raizen

Sheldon Shemer


Condolences to...

Fredie Halverson on the death of her husband Richard


Mazel Tov / Congratulations to ...

Elizabeth Sopher & Howard Waldstreicher on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Henry

Edra Pollin & David Dezen on the marriage of their daughter, Chelsea

Leslie Moldauer & Larry Englander on the marriage of their daughter, Andrea


Get Involved


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


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


Rocky Mountain Jewgrass

Wednesday, July 23, Four Mile Park

Click here for information and purchase tickets




Chihuly @ Denver Botanical Gardens


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-




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





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


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 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 -

This Sunday, we speak with Rabbi Moshe Heyman of the Denver Community Kollel about the launch of its new Southeast Torah Center at 9550 E. Belleview Ave. Rabbi Heyman discusses the amazing educational opportunities offered by the Kollel at its new center.

Shabbat Times

Yom Shlishi, 24 Tammuz 5774


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