Yom Shabbat, 3 Kislev 5777

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Upcoming Events
Rodefei Tzedek, the social justice team of Rodef Shalom, will meet for its monthly gathering tonight, Thursday, December 1, at 7:00 PM in the Rodef Library.
All Rodef Shalom members are welcome to join this session to participate in our Food Access organizing project, and to discuss other action opportunities.
Kids Kiddush 
Saturday, December 3, 11:15 AM, Preschool classroom
Have your 2nd-7th Grade kids join Rabbi G at our monthly Kids Kiddush. Shmoozing, Learning, Shirley Temples, Stories and more!
Avenues and Intersections
Interfaith Program with St. Luke's Episcopal Church & Rodef Shalom
Wednesday, December 7 at Rodef Shalom, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Classes facilitated by Dr. Gordon Tucker & Rabbi Bernard Gerson. Each evening, after a brief introduction to the topic du jour, we will break into small discussion groups, then come together as the entire group at the end of the evening to summarize the discussions. Free and open to all! Please RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Locations will alternate. Please check the web calendar. St. Luke's Episcopal Church: 1270 Poplar Street (corner of Quebec and 12th), Denver & Congregation Rodef Shalom.
Kabbalat Shabbat & Schmooze
Friday, December 16, 6:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
Please join us for a light Chanukah themed meal and schmoozing, 6:45 PM for Kabbalat Services, and 7:45 PM for a light kiddush and more schmoozing. The cost of the meal will be $7 for adults and $4 for kids (10 and under). Please contact Jason at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to RSVP or for more info by Sunday, December 11.
Please save the date for Rodef Shalom's Gala Event:  May 21, 2017
Mark your calendar to join us in honoring Howard Feingold, Mira Zevin & Kim Grant and Joel & Bethany Friedlander with an evening of Comedy, Dinner and Fun!
Anyone interested in helping, please econtact Michele at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303-399-0035.
Note that this Gala has been rescheduled from March 19, 2017.
Please consider Rodef Shalom in your year-end charitable contributions 
As we approach the end of the calendar year, many of us consider year-end charitable contributions, not only in the spirit of giving, but to help offset your tax liability. As always, your donations are greatly appreciated and are used in many ways to enhance our synagogue. You can click on Make A Donation on the home page of the Rodef Shalom website to do this.
Join a Chavurah - Be a member of a "family within our Rodef family"!
Please consider becoming a part of our "family within a family" at Rodef Shalom by becoming a member of a chavurah. It is a unique opportunity to connect in a meaningful way to others in our congregation who share your interests and/or who are in the same stage of life as you. Groups are small and self-run, with support from our synagogue staff. Please complete the informational page
 HERE, then watch for more information about an organizational gathering in December. For more information, contact Connie at (303) 399-0035.
Save the Dates! Kabbalat Shabbat@Home>
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. Upcoming Dates: Friday evenings - 1/27/17, 2/24/17 and 3/24/17. We are currently looking for hosts for each of these dates. It is easy and fun! Questions? Contact Debi Bush.
Open auditions for the PPPP Purim Shpiel 
Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 PM at Rodef and Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 PM at the HEA. 
This year's shpiel is an original adaptation of the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys, written & directed by our own Miryam Raizen and Michal Peer. No experience and no singing talent is necessary to participate in the shpiel and anyone between 9 and 90 years young are invited to participate. Register NOW for the audition at The shpiel is co-sponsored by Rodef Shalom and the HEA.
The Rodef Shalom Chesed Team
Our team is looking for more members who can help provide support for an individual or family post-surgery; maybe it's bringing a meal or helping with a ride or childcare, providing meals to a family with a newborn, helping with shiva set-up or shopping, and more. The Chesed team is coordinated by Judy Fishman, Sandy Bornstein, Fran Cohen, Maya Mintzer and Meredith Levy.
Rabbi's Programs
Rabbi Gerson's monthly Tisch has moved to the fourth Shabbat of each month! All are welcome to join him at his table in the back of the Social Hall at the conclusion of Kiddush (approx. 12:30 PM) for "spirited singing" and Torah study on the following dates: Dec 24, Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27.

The Rabbi's End of Shabbat Shmooze has changed names ..."Shabbat Endings" will occur on all four Shabbat afternoons in January, from 4:30-6:00 PM, and will include singing, blessings, discussion, and havdalah. Mark your calendars and join Rabbi G as often as you can during these special weeks.

Parashat Toldot 
December 3, 2016 - 3 Kislev 5777 
Light Candles Friday: 4:18 PM
Shabbat Ends: 5:20 PM 
Torah / Annual: Genesis 25:19 - 28:9 
Torah / Triennial Year 1: Genesis 25:19 - 26:22
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1 - 2:7
9:00 AM 
Shul-Bucks Shabbat Coffee House 
9:30 AM 
Shabbat Services, Sanctuary 
9:30 AM 
Babysitting, 1st Preschool Classroom 
10:00 AM
Shabbat Program for 2nd-5th Graders, 2nd Preschool Classroom
10:30 AM
Mini Ulpan, Youth Lounge
11:15 AM 
Kids Kiddush, Preschool Classroom
11:15 AM 
Tot Shabbat, Library / Mini-Minyan, Youth Lounge
12:30 PM
Youth Shabbat Shmooze, Sanctuary
Refuah Shlaymah to ... 
Mary Ellen Rubinacci 
We note with sadness the passing of ... 
Reeva Flaxman
for the week ending...
 November 26 
Tanakh & Tabloids
Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 11:00 AM, Library 
Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 PM, at the home of Rabbi Sara & Michael Gilbert
Minyan on the Move provides Rodef Shalom members and the general community an opportunity to say Kaddish and, as important, the opportunity to make a Minyan allowing someone else to say Kaddish.
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.
Youth & Family
Kids Kiddush
Saturday, December 3, 11:15 AM, Preschool Classroom
Have your 2nd-7th Grade kids join Rabbi G at our monthly Kids Kiddush for shmoozing, learning, shirley temples, stories and more. Adults: Your turn to come and hang out with other adults during this same time to shmooze, learn, and delve a little deeper. We are always looking for parents who would like to lead these gatherings. Contact Bethany if you are interested  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Parents Day Out
Sunday, December 11, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Rodef Shalom
Would you like to get some holiday shopping done with out the kids? or how about some adult time? Rodef Shalom ECEC is hosting our first Parents Day Out Fundraiser. Bring your child/children (ages 1-9) to Rodef Shalom and we will provide snacks, crafts, and a Chanukah movie. $18 for the first child $10 for each additional sibling. This program is for BOTH preschool and Congregation families. Our amazing Preschool teachers will be running the program. SPACE IS LIMITED, SIGN UP TODAY! Email Dawn Spector by Thursday December 8 to register. If you have a teen that would like to volunteer to help out, please email Debbie Kaner.

Passport to Jewish Learning: 
Ulpan Hebrew class
Wednesday, December 7 
Wednesday, December 14 
4:30-6:00 PM, Rodef Shalom Library 
Mini Ulpan Hebrew class
Saturday, December 3 
Saturday, December 17 
10:30-11:00 AM, Rodef Shalom Youth Lounge 
Shabbat Schmooze
Saturday December 3, 12:30-1:30 PM, Rodef Shalom Sanctuary 
Shabbat Supper Club
Friday December 9, Private homes 
Sunday FunDay
Sunday December 18, 3:00-5:00 PM

Movie and Game Night
Saturday, December 10, 6:00-8:00 PM, Rodef Shalom 
RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Click HERE for more information.

Young Families: 
Maccabeats Concert
Sunday, December 25
more details to follow 
Hanukkah Party at The Mintzers
Saturday, December 31, Mintzer's home
more details to follow
From the Rodef Executive Leadership Team (Marty, Michele, Rabbi G) ...
We appreciate all of the concerns expressed to us about the appointments being made by the President-Elect during this interim period between Election Day and Inauguration Day.  We also recognize the reactions to and hesitations about those concerns.
Congregation Rodef Shalom is affiliated with two greater organizations whose executive chairs have issued public statements in recent days. Click HERE to read the statement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and click HERE to read the joint statement of JEWISHcolorado and the Jewish Community Relations Council.
We present these for your personal consideration, while understanding that there are a multitude of angles to this picture, and we encourage respectful dialogue among our ranks. Let us be strengthened in our resolve to witness an outcome that is reflected in the spirit of our weekly recitation of the Prayer for our Country, namely that our leaders and advisors in government administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, justice and freedom, may forever abide in our midst.
Giving Opportunities

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
Did you know you can really help Rodef Shalom by shopping as you normally do? Just go and choose Congregation Rodef Shalom as your preferred charity. Then, each time you shop, just go to that site and you will donate .5% of your purchase to Rodef Shalom! Easy, peasy! Thank you! 
King Soopers Cards are a wonderful way to support Rodef Shalom! Here is how it works: 1. Pick up your card - with $5 already on it - from the Rodef office during business hours or let us know to send one to you. 2. When you are ready to check out, tell the check-out person that you want to add money to your card before they start ringing up your groceries. There is no need to go to the courtesy counter to add money to your card. If you use a credit card, there is no credit card fee and you get the points. You can also add money to your card after your groceries have been rung up. 3. Use your card to pay whenever you checkout. 4. Rodef Shalom receives 5% of the amount you put on your card! Thank you for supporting Rodef Shalom! Michele Campbell, Executive Director
Help Rodef Shalom get it's game on. We need 6-8 volunteers for our weekly Sunday Bingo session. Contact Sherrie Davidson.
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.
This is a great time to support many worthy causes with your fellow Coloradans. In addition to donating to Rodef Shalom by clicking on our website, we encourage you to please consider making a donation to some of our partner organizations on COLORADO GIVES DAY,  December 6 th.  It is easy to contribute to some of our strategic partners such as, Habitat for Humanity, Jewish Family Service, KAVOD, Together Colorado, and Warren Village via the website
In the Community 
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale & Kol Nashim
More information about both choirs and upcoming concerts are available on our website:
The East Denver Eruv is proud to announce a brand new website at! 
We need a few good men and women to volunteer to help us check the eruv as we enter the winter months. Training will be provided, and the community will benefit from your help! If you're interested, please contact Tuvia Gordon-Bennett at 720-666-1577 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
JFS at the JCC Seeks More Participants for Yiddish Club and Poker Games
"Lomir Redn Yiddish" (Let's Speak Yiddish) 
1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 2:00 PM
JCC Denver, 350 South Dahlia Street (through August, it is held in the JEWISHcolorado Boardroom). Cost: $5.00 per session.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:30 PM
JCC Denver, 350 South Dahlia Street
If women are interested in participating in an all-women's game or anyone already has a group, but would like to play at the JCC, call Suzi Malman at (303) 316-6358. Drop-ins are always welcome. If there is enough interest, games can be added on additional days.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Click HERE for upcoming events.
Julie Geller in Concert
Saturday, December 3, 8:00 PM, Tuft Theatre, 71 Yale Ave. Denver
Click HERE for tickets.
First Annual Colorado Women for Israel Luncheon
Wednesday, December 7, Registration opens at 11:30 AM, program begins promptly at 12:00 PM
Palazzo Verdi, 6363 S. Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Rodef Shalom member Toby Mower will be honored by Jewish National Fund's Women's Department. Guest speaker will be Jessica Abo, news anchor, reporter, actress. This is a Women's Only event and a first time event for the Women's Department. For further information click HERE.
JEWS DO JEWS 2 - A Tribute to Jewish Songwriters by jewish Musicians
Saturday, December 10, 8:00 PM, L2 Church, 1477 Columbine St., Denver
Click HERE for tickets.
Chanukah at the Capitol
Public Menorah Lighting on the 4th Night of Chanukah
Tuesday, December 27, 5:15 PM, West Steps
For more information email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Jewish Heritage Night - Chanukah with the Nuggets
Wednesday, December 28, 7:00 PM, Pepsi Center
Click HERE for tickets and more information.
Intro to Judaism series starts January 19 at Temple Emanuel
ITJ is a 28 week series that's the first step on your Jewish journey. Whether you were born Jewish and just want to learn more or you are exploring converting to Judaism, ITJ is the perfect experience for you! Our classes are taught by outstanding rabbis and educators in our community.Our attendance policy is super flexible to meet the needs of busy adults. We will discuss Jewish belief about God, the Torah and Talmud, Kabbalah, Zionism, holidays, lifecycle events and more! For information 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. . We cant wait to hear your questions!

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